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Meet Peter Kim

Quite possibly my favorite denim dealer in the market, constantly inspiring everyone around him is Peter Kim, founder and global designer of Hudson Jeans, and today marked a big day for him, the merger / acquisition of his company with Joe’s Jeans.  His precious Los Angeles based women’s and men’s premium denim brand has been doing all of its manufacturing here in our city,  since the launch more than 10 years ago, with now over 100 employees in the area, a massive shift from its humble beginnings. Last year, the company sold over 1.3 million pairs of jeans globally, which makes sense considering its not just American’s buying up his jeans, the Europe market is a huge fan too, and signing on Georgia May Jagger last year, along with their Union Jack logo,  did not seem to hurt.

Peter Kim, Hudson Jeans ( of course wearing an awesome t-shirt)

Kim stated, “We are thrilled at the prospect of joining a highly respected team of people that has created an incredible business. To be able to collaborate with Joe’s Jeans to create one of the largest premium denim companies in the world is a phenomenal opportunity for us all. We look forward to benefiting from each other’s strengths and to entering a new chapter of growth.”

Women’s Wear Daily broke the news this morning that Joe’s Jeans Inc. bought Hudson Jeans for about $97.6 million, The Wall Street Journal is calling it a “takeover” but it feels more like a happy marriage as Kim is remaining on as Chief Executive Officer of Hudson, and will become a member of the Joe’s Jeans Board of Directors. Hudson’s products include a core denim line as well as non-denim tops and bottoms. Hudson will remain continuously innovating with the same great fit.  Los-Angeles based Joe’s Jeans reported sales of $30.9 million for its fiscal second quarter, contrary to all of the finance guys who every year say denim brands will slow down, they just keep growing, and we are thankful because the majority of those companies are here in Los Angeles and provide jobs for many of our fellow Angeleno’s.

Peter Kim silently supports hundreds of non-profits throughout Los Angeles, he and his artist wife, can be spotted in the art scene throughout the city, giving to emerging artists, and teenagers in need. Its been said Kim is one of the greatest men to work for in the business, and has partnered regularly with media companies like Interview Magazine, Flaunt or Nylon, supporting their pages and their readers. Generous beyond the norm, Kim is one of the best motivators for any Entrepreneur out there and we are so happy for him to have the growth Hudson continues to earn. We look forward to seeing what will come next, congratulations to everyone!

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Posted on: July 20, 2013