Habstore Korea is to open a pop up in New York City to help build its reputation as the go-to point for fashion created by young Korean designers.
Habstore already features more than 100 Korean fashion designers – whose reputation and popularity are expanding rapidly thanks to the Korean Wave which is now spreading beyond Asia into urban US as well.
CEO Hong Seong-jo says the company’s mission is to introduce products from new designers known for their unique design in South Korea to fashion-sensitive customers. “Some customers rejoice at finding new view on life through brands that they had not known before,” said Hong, 34, who founded the mall three years ago.
“We are concentrating on finding various designer’s brands in order to make them happy at all times.
“We are focusing on introducing more South Korean designer’s brands globally as we better our business”, said Hong. “We will open a pop-up store in New York introducing a variety of brand name products to expand our sales channel.”
Hong first saw the viability of an online mall after successfully introducing a fashion watch brand in Korea. He went on to expand items to clothing and fashion accessories.
Habstore gives special priority on brands with definite character and competitive strength, yet without attention from the public. For example, when introducing a new brand to the rest of the world, CEO Hong chooses more Eastern style or K-Style designs that Korean Wave stars have used.
Habstore is also engaged in the production of its own fashion items. Following the launch of the fashion watch brand, ‘Paul Vice’, it also launched the watch strap brand, ‘Straps’.
The Habstore mall,which was developed by South Korea’s largest eCommerce solution brand, cafe24, features interfaces in both Korean and English.