I'm a first generation Korean American. Throughout my career, I saw firsthand that beyond excessive waste production and unethical buying practices, fashion has considered women of color as an afterthought far too long. I launched nunchi during the pandemic by purchasing unused fashion jewelry from immigrant and family owned suppliers in NYC sitting on surplus inventory that would eventually be trashed. I took these apart by hand and upcycled them into multi-functional body chainwear and accessories.
Today, it's no different. Advocating for culture and representation is the lifeblood of nunchi. Every piece is an homage to New York craftsmanship and my roots as a daughter of immigrants.