Grace Kang, founder & chief buyer of a whimsical boutique Pink Olive, always knew she wanted to have her own business. As a small child, she was fascinated with everything from fashion to stationery and wanted to have a store of her own. She is inspired by different cultures and environment and is always on the hunt for creative finds. She has great passion for finding and giving unique gifts and has now made it into her career.
After graduating from Cornell University, Grace started her career in the fashion industry as an assistant buyer for Bloomingdale's. She quickly moved up the corporate ladder and became a successful buyer at Bloomingdale's where she received numerous awards including "Buyer of the Year." From there, she continued on to Saks.com and Barney's New York, which allowed her to excel and think outside the box in both the business and creative sense of the word.
"Life is about doing the unexpected!" After Grace left Barney's, she launched Pink Olive out of her personal passion to inspire giving and beautiful living. Her mission is to make the gifting process super easy, fun and attainable for little ones to loved ones.
Grace opened her first brick and mortar Pink Olive in Manhattan's East Village in May 2007 followed by a second location in Brooklyn's Park Slope in March 2008, and most recently her third location in Brooklyn's hip Williamsburg in April 2014. To expand upon her passion for helping emerging designers, Grace created Pink Olive School(previously RetailRecipes.com) – a site devoted to empower creative designers & artists how to make their product retail ready and create a desirable brand. In October 2012, Grace launched her third venture OliveBox, a monthly subscription service for paper lovers.
Pink Olive has been featured on The Today Show, New York Times, Forbes.com, DailyCandy, New York Daily News, Huffington Post, Timeout New York, Gotham, Brides, Country Living, Oprah.com, Decor8 and many more.