From the time he was a young boy in Southeast Asia, Sonthai Songi Gi always wanted to be a fashion designer. Born in Vientiane, Laos, Sonthai was the sixth of eight children to a family of Chinese-Laotian-Vietnamese-Thai ethnic and cultural background. Sonthai and his family left the refugee camp in Thailand for the United States in 1980. During his high school years in Southern California, he studied fine arts and fashion at every opportunity, setting a goal of attending fashion school after completing high school. Achieving this goal, Sonthai then attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), studying fashion design and textile styles. After graduating from FIDM, Sonthai worked for several ready to wear fashion companies and also as a freelance designer.
Early in 2000, he set up his own company using his professional name, Songi, to design bridal gowns. Songi has become known for bridal designs that are simple yet elegant, romantic and classic, as well as glamorous and sexy with high-class style. Songi simply loves designing fashionable wedding gowns, typically using bias cut, luxurious fabrics, and European laces. His most well know "signature" design features include exquisite beadwork and embroidery.
Songi's bridal designs have appeared in publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings/Wedding Dress Magazine, among others, and can be found at specialty retail bridal shops throughout the United States.