Jandi Kim

Jandi Kim

Who is Jandi?

"It may be true that one has to choose between ethics and aesthetics, but whichever one chooses, one will always find the other at the end of the road."

Jean-Luc Godard

I am a fashion professional who believes ethic an aesthetic are able to run parallel, a proactive collaborator who is flexible in multidisciplinary working environment, an active learner who questions and seeks answers in simple and shared languages, a peaceful activist who practises at where I committed for positive changes


Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Master of Art

Kingston University London

While I was liaising with US fashion retailer Liz Claiborne and suppliers/vendors located in Korea, Vietnam, Saipan and Guatemala I have become interested in the subjects: 

  • how to get people engaged in communicating in simple and common languages/methods
  • how to encourage fashion enterprises' healthy and positive contributions 

Since I took the course MA Design for Development my interests has moved towards participatory/inclusive design and social entrepreneurship from above two perspectives. Please check the projects slide shows on the right hand column. 


  • Project planning, managing, facilitating and catalysing 
  • Analysing research information 


  • Participatory/inclusive design 

I am aware of that achieving projects requires various of skills and knowledge. However I believe that making an effort to hear people who are involved in the project and helping them as well as myself take ownership of the project are essential to succeed the project. Those two qualities are my most strongest qualities.

Mar 1999 - Feb 2004

Bachelor of Art

University of Incheon

I explored every elements of fashion at Fashion & Industry course and got myself prepared to be part of the fashion world. 


  • Sewing
  • Dying 
  • Pattern making and cutting 


  • Garment construction and pattern 
  • Construction of Korean traditional costume 

Work History

Work History
May 2009 - Mar 2010

Entrepreneur and Founder

Easy Ebay

An E-commerce enterprise/agency commissioned to communicate for Korean Ebay users who are incompetent to interact with Ebay sellers in English speaking countries.


  • Platform building: Set up the user-friendly enterprise website/blog to communicate with Korean customers
  • Costing system development: Designed a competitive costing structure  
  • Customer service: Dealt with customers' enquiries 


  • Customers' complimentary feedback: Established an ongoing relationship with customers 
  • Sales growth: Achieved targeted sales performance in a short period time

Transferable skills 

  • Website building
  • Customer service
  • Liaising between western value-centered environment and asian value-centered environment  
Nov 2005 - Jul 2009

Senior Buying Merchandiser of Women’s Knit Wear for Liz Claiborne US

Pacific Buying & Marketing Service Ltd


  • Reviewing samples: Inspected prototype samples, fitting samples, in-line production samples with  colourist, fit technician and QC 
  • Programme allocation: Distributed orders according to supplier’s production capacity 
  • Planning production time line: Scheduled production time line based on allocated order quantity 
  • Monitoring production time lines: Tracked planned production schedule on a regular basis to make sure goods arrive on time in standard quality 
  • Price negotiation: Secured garment price  ongoing production programme 
  • Global Sourcing: Found and engaged suppliers to provide competitive garment price to buyers 
  • Publishing trend reports: Collaborated with the R&D Team in doing market research and publishing seasonal market trend reports 
  • Co-ordinating QA sessions: Organising the session along with making a QA report/book 
  • Programme liaison: Communicated with all level of departments/staffs-colourist, fit technician, sales team, showroom coordinator, designer, QA (Quality Auditor), traffic and R&D team as well as programme stakeholders-suppliers and vendors to develop and manage the programme


  • Developed new business Juicy Couture Intimates & DKNY Jeans with the team manager and accomplished starting new business successfully
  • Excellently managed production-garment quality and detail according to the changed brand (Crazy Horse to Liz&Co) identity 

Transferable skills and knowledge 

  • Analysing information/data
  • Developing and sourcing garments/accessaries
  • Extensive knowledge about the global garment buying process and mechanism 
May 2004 - Aug 2005

Assistant Buying Merchandiser of Women's Knit Wear for Wal-Mart US



  • Supporting the senior's level of job: Assisted the senior merchandiser for Wal-Mart US Apparel in managing garment production quality and production lead time schedule
  • Assisting: Helped the senior merchandiser in reviewing samples and colours 
  • Documenting production information: Recorded and updated production detail/information
  • Organising documents: Systemised and maintained production detail/information documents on a daily basis 
  • Dispatching samples: Packed and dispatched garment/fabric/accessary samples to buyers and suppliers 


  • Cooperatively assisted in managing garment production quality and garment sourcing 
  • Successfully transited to global garment buying market industry from national (Korea) fashion industry 

Transferable skills

  • Data documenting, organising and managing 
  • Garment packing and dispatching
Jun 2003 - Dec 2003

Internship at Cocorita (Children wear)


Responsibilities and Particitation 

  • Documentation: Checked up stock requests from the shops Cocorita on a daily basis and recorded into corporation's computer programme  
  • Facilitating the meetings: Assisted the sales and design team in organising product review meetings 
  • Visual merchandising: Helped the visual merchandiser in visual merchandising at the new opening stores

Transferable skills  

  • Support visual merchandising 


Jan 2011 - Jan 2011

Bright Futures, the entrepreneurial skills programme