How You Know Him: Do you have what it takes to be one of the most creative minds in the fashion industry? Style-child Steven Kim does. Steven dreams up ways to make apparel company Big Star as synonymous with your wardrobe as Ralph Lauren. So when we met Mr. Kim it was a perfect fit.
What’s the coolest part about working for Big Star?
It’s been just an amazing journey. It’s like you dream about working for your passion. You come to work everyday and it’s not work. The coolest thing for me is the honesty and integrity that the company and the brand has for everyone from the customer to the people working in the community. Being here in the present time and being able to be a part of this is awesome.
How did you get started in the business?
I’ve always grown up in the industry. I’m considered a second-generation apparel maker. I have always been passionate about fashion; it’s like an art. It’s not just denim anymore.
What do you think is the next big trend?
The next big trend is definitely bold colors, as well as, mixing prints. An influence from many cultures is beginning to be what we are seeing. It’s your way to express your uniqueness openly.
What advice do you have for any people looking to get into fashion?
I’d say be bold. Be yourself and confidant. Always be hungry to learn. The main thing that I am learning now is to listen and take everything into consideration because everyone has good ideas; it just comes down to timing and support.
What’s the biggest pitfall they should be aware of?
The initial response from most people, myself included, is “no”. But keep trying and never give up.
With all the cool things that you have acquired over the years, what’s the coolest thing that you own?
Memories. The people that you meet and the memories that you make are the most important things.