Peter Kim

Founder & Vice Chairman
Hudson Jeans

The son of North Korean refugees who immigrated to LA in the early 1960s, Kim turned a lifelong attitude of irreverence into the force behind a premium denim brand fetching $97 million in 2013.

Today, Hudson stands as the embodiment of Peter’s original vision — a thriving, globally recognized brand, set to open physical stores in 2018. .

Revamping his family’s struggling apparel business in 1994 after attending USC Business School, Peter was able to pull the company out of a $10 million hole. In 1999, he developed and sold his Drunkmunky label and then focused his attention to the then undeveloped premium denim market.

Peter launched Hudson in 2002, and the brand quickly gained acclaim.

He lives with his wife and twin daughters in Los Feliz, California. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and has been honored with several awards for his commitment to community service and outreach through various charitable organizations including One Voice International, YO! Watts and Step Up..

Welcome and Opening Keynote: Peter Kim, Founder and Vice Chairman, Hudson Jeans