ZHI Chen dropped out of university as an engineering student in China to pursue her dream in fashion. She eventually won a national scholarship to study at the Parsons School of Design for one year.  Chen then continued her study at the London College of Fashion and graduated with distinction in 2017. She founded i-am-chen shortly after her graduation. 

Chen sees herself as a technician rather than a fashion designer. She spends long hours in factories to study machines and exploit their capabilities in fabric making. While contemporary art feeds Chen profound inspiration for her design, practicality dictates the final product of every work of i-am-chen. She strives to combine aesthetics and technology to deliver immaculate chic pieces comprised of stunningly intricate fabrics, developed independently by Chen.