Today we’d like to introduce you to Chewy Jang.
Chewy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My parents and I immigrated to America 22 years ago and they found jobs as sewing contractors in Downtown Los Angeles. This was their profession back in South Korea and the garment district was booming during this time. With very little competition from abroad, most clothes sold here in America was made in Los Angeles. My parents started their own sewing contractor business in 1998 and started sewing dresses for a few special occasion girl’s dress companies. Kid’s Dream was their main client and when there was news that the owner wanted to sell the business in 2011, my parents jumped on the opportunity. I graduated from college shortly after with a Finance degree and I took on the role of President of Kid’s Dream with my parents supporting me with the manufacturing. I always had a passion for entrepreneurship so I was very blessed to have this opportunity to lead this company and grow this brand. Since 2012, Kid’s Dream has grown tremendously with retailers in over 30 countries. My dad recently passed away from cancer and Kid’s Dream is his legacy. I’m motivated more than ever to make sure Kid’s Dream stays successful for my family, employees, and clients.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The main challenge is the steep competition from countries like China and cheap clothes flooding the market. Since our main line of business is wholesale, a lot of my domestic and international buyers are struggling to compete and sell American made goods at a higher price point. Especially with the growth of Amazon, the Chinese manufacturers are able to sell directly to the consumers at a very low price and taking out the middle wholesalers.
Please tell us about Kid’s Dream.
Kid’s Dream is a special occasion girl’s dress company located in Downtown, Los Angeles. We specialize in Flower girl dresses, Easter dresses, Communion dresses, graduation dresses, holiday dresses, and christening gowns. We offer baby sizes from 3 months to 24 months and girl sizes from size 2 to 12-14. Kid’s Dream takes pride in its elegant and high-quality designs made locally. We are deeply rooted in our community and always look for ways to give back through company partnerships and donations.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite childhood memories is when I was 6 walking to McDonald’s holding hands with my mom and dad, only a few days after migrating to America. I just remember being really content and excited for the McDonald’s playground. We came here with $500 and hopes that we can achieve the American dream that everyone was fighting so hard for. Through Kid’s Dream, we were able to achieve that.
- Average retail price $60-$70 for a special occasion girl’s dress.
- Average retail price $45-$50 for a special occasion baby dress.
- Address: 508 E. 12th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
- Website: www.KidsDreamUS.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kidsdreamus
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidsdreamus
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidsdreamus
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/kidsdream1/