Angie Kim, Principal, AYK
Angie is the Founder of AYK, a design label and consultancy started in San Francisco, CA. After a work life experience in India where she was inspired by the abundant examples of handicraft she saw on the streets of Bombay, Kim returned home and started exploring the world of leather craftwork & fashion. AYK launched Fall of 2014, followed by a successful Kickstarter campaign that shares the story and journey behind the making of her handbags.
Before the start of her entrepreneurial path, Kim has worked over ten years as an Industrial Designer, largely at the renowned design consultancy, IDEO. Her work has helped global companies, like TATA, JetBlue, Kobo, and Eli Lilly address complexities by reshaping their brand and product offerings with strategic design solutions. Kim holds several patents, has been acknowledged with the French Institute of Design Award, IDEA Awards, and published in IDEO’s design book, I Miss My Pencil.
Kim continues to develop AYK, and shares her Industrial Design experience by helping start-ups develop their product design and brand touch points to create distinct and compelling experiences for their audience.