Yaling Hou was born and raised in Taiwan. Ever since she was a little girl, she loved to draw and sew. She moved to San Francisco to study design when she was 21, after obtaining her BA in English in Taiwan. However, her life took an interesting turn. She ended up earning two master degrees from San Francisco State University (MA in TESOL and MA in Instructional Technology).
Finally, in 2005, she returned to school (Academy of Art University) to pursue her passion in design. She chose textile design as her major because it allowed her to combine her love for graphic design and fashion. She earned her degree in Applied Textile in May 2007.