KAMA’s Expansion to Open a New Frontier

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KAMA held its first board meeting of the year on Jan. 11 at Oxford Palace Hotel. KAMA chairman Young-ki Chang (left from the middle of the front row) and director Young-joon Kim (to Chang’s right) are posing for a photo with the members.
KAMA held its first board meeting of the year on Jan. 11 at Oxford Palace Hotel. KAMA chairman Young-ki Chang (left from the middle of the front row) and director Young-joon Kim (to Chang’s right) are posing for a photo with the members.

The Korean American Manufacturers Association is seeking a transformation. To heighten its reputation with an expansion, the organization is looking for ways to make direct contribution to the Korean-American apparel businesses.

At an interim board of directors meeting on Jan. 11 at Oxford Palace Hotel in Los Angeles Koreatown, KAMA discussed several core details, including a launching of the advisory board, changing the organization’s name as well as revamping its website.

The advisory board is set to launch with experienced professionals in the in
dustry as the hiring process is already underway.

“KAMA’s reputation has taken a nosedive,” said the organization’s chairman Young-ki Chang. “It would be a huge help if those who’ve succeeded in the jobber market can participate.”

Chang added that KAMA has contacted the most prominent names in the industry to join its advisory board and received some positive responses.

The attendees of the meeting agreed that forming an advisory board is an important step towards benefitting KAMA’s members and contributing to the community.

KAMA is also seriously considering a name change to Korean American Apparel Manufacturers Association. The directors mentioned that the new name should preferably be more suitable for businesses manufacturing more than just clothes as many of them also deal with accessories, bags and shoes.

However, some directors argued that a name change is going overboard. A final decision on the name will be discussed further in next month’s meeting. It is expected that changing the organization’s name will take at least six months for legal reasons.

The final point at the meeting was launching a KAMA website. As online sales continue to increase, more KAMA members are hoping to see a collective online shopping mall to use as a platform for revenue. KAMA chose to hold further discussions once the currently existing site is revamped later this month.

The directors proposed plans to sync the new website with KAMA-APP, the organization’s smartphone app, and model the new platform after the likes of FashionGo.net and LAShowroom.com.

By Moon Ho Kim

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