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Gene Hong

Entrepreneur • Advisor Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea, KR

Empathetic, Innovative, Strategic & Entrepreneurial Design Leader with a love for story telling and brand building.

Empathetic, Innovative, Strategic & Entrepreneurial Design Leader with a love for story telling and brand building.

19 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Moonlight Graham of Orange
Top Bargains
Moonlight Graham of Orange
HJN Group


Ash & Anvil
Metaverse Makeovers


Lead Innovation Designer - Target+Lab - Global Vendor Partnership Design Target February 2015 - present
Senior Textile Designer: Vendor Partnership Design & Circo BG / ITG Target February 2013 - January 2015
Co-Founder - Art Director / Designer Moonlight Graham of Orange November 2010 - February 2013
Creative Director / Design Consultant Freelance September 2010 - February 2013
Creative Director / Design Consultant Old Toledo September 2010 - October 2011
Lead Innovation Designer - Target+Lab - Global Design Team Target February 2015 - present
Advisor Ash & Anvil January 2016 - present
Advisor Metaverse Makeovers February 2016 - present
Senior Textile Designer - Vendor Partnership Design Target March 2014 - February 2015
Co-Founder / Investor Top Bargains 2010 - 2015
Senior Textile Designer / Brand Captain - Circo BG / ITG & Cherokee BG Essentials Target February 2013 - March 2014
Art Director / Designer - Co-Founder / Investor Moonlight Graham of Orange November 2010 - February 2013
Creative Consultant / Creative Director Freelance September 2010 - February 2013
Co-Founder / Investor HJN Group 2007 - 2012
Creative Director / Consultant Old Toledo September 2010 - October 2011
Creative Director, Brands & Private Label Hybrid Apparel April 2009 - September 2010
Art Director, Mighty Fine Mighty Fine Inc. February 2008 - March 2009
Art Director, Speedo Warnaco January 2007 - February 2008
Art Director, William Rast William Rast June 2005 - November 2006
Art Director Blue Marlin Juniors April 2004 - May 2005
Art Director, RocaWear Juniors Nesi Apparel Group L L C April 2003 - March 2004
Graphic Designer Drunknmunky January 2002 - March 2003


Woodbury University Graphic Design, Minor Fashion Merchandising 1996 - 2000

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Operations
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Fashion
  • • E-Commerce
  • • Retail
  • • Social Entrepreneurship
  • • Business Development
  • • Fullstack Developer
  • • Startups
  • • Strategic Partnerships
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Fashion
  • • Games
  • • Green
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fashion • Retail • Manufacturing • Brand Development • Design Leadership

Key Accomplishments

A multidisciplinary designer & creative director with over 15 years experience leading creative teams, discovering newness & delivering brand right design solutions. Focused on the fashion industry, with a proven track record of success from conceptualizing & launching new luxury brands like Justin Timberlake’s William Rast, to success in the world of licensing & main stream fashion brands.

Additionally, I pull from my entrepreneurial background, having successfully co-founded multiple businesses from online retailer Top Bargains, to more traditional retail with Moonlight Graham.

My dynamic & versatile experiences have given me a unique set of tools to be an Empathetic Innovative, Strategic & Entrepreneurial Design Leader.

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Rickey Kim
They're my friends  •  Director, CBCOM and Creative Director / Editor-in-Chief, Evil Monito, LLC.. University of California, San Diego grad.
Marc Esposito
We worked together  •  Managing Partner, Creative Outcomes LLC and CEO / Co-Founder, Ascot Motorsports.
Attempting to describe Gene's skills and capabilities in a brief manner seems nearly impossible; especially when I consider the vast range o ... f his knowledge and experience. If Gene was a baseball player, he would be a pure 5-tool player, as he possesses all the abilities needed to excel within any business environment. What sets Gene apart from many entrepreneurs is his capacity to lead and motivate, regardless of the situation, while simultaneously developing key insights that maintain a consistent and grounded approach towards achieving core objectives. Over the years, I have had a front row seat to many of Gene's accomplishments in the business sector, and believe his journey as an entrepreneur is far from over.
Bridget Callihan
They're my school  •  Fashion Director, ShoeDazzle. Previously Senior Merchandising Manager, bebe stores.
Gene would be- or is- a great entrepreneur because he has drive. I've known Gene for 14yrs, and since school, has always wanted to better hi ... mself, his career, or create something. He has an amazing ability to find opportunities- he either creates it for himself by research, networking, etc, or uses a potentially disappointment as a learning opportunity & stepping stone. He is always up to date on trends, and I always learn from him.
Jay Ju
They're my friends
Jason Dworshak
We worked together  •  Director of Sourcing & Purchasing, Creative Apparel Concepts, inc. Previously Strategic Sourcing Manager, Target.
Gene is always thinking about "what's next". A top flight designer with a great business acumen is hard to find.
Daniel Sakai
They're my friends  •  Principal, Diffraction Point. Previously Vice President, Digital Media, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Gene possesses a rare combination of urban culture expertise, design savvy and a proven ability to act entrepreneurially in a corporate cont ... ext. Any start up would be very lucky to have Gene as an advisor or co-founder.
Eric Huang
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Ash & Anvil. Previously Designer, On Controls.
Gene has been a great resource and adviser for us as we've gone done the path of working with international manufacturing partners!
Sean Johnson
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Product Design Director, Director of Manufacturing, MidNorth Mercantile.
Gene is driven and intelligent - always looking to the horizon, even before celebrating his (many) successes. His approach to any role, be ... it for a startup, a small company, large corporation or even a side project is always rooted in and viewed through an entrepreneurial lens - he remains an unstoppable dreamer with a near endless list of concrete results, and always a fresh batch of industry-rocking ideas at the ready.
Dale Denkensohn
We worked together  •  GMM, J.L. Powell Clothing LLC. Previously Managing Director, Brand-Ex LLC. University of California, Irvine grad.
Gene is thoughtful, creative problem solver. He understands branding and how to captivate consumers. Gene is a self starter and can produce ... tremendous results with minimal outside direction.
Thep Tan
They're my friends  •  Sr. Global Client Relationship Manager (NagraID Security SA), Oberthur Technologies. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Gene is driven, resourceful and willing to explore opportunities & take calculated risks.
Robert Nand
They're my friends  •  President, The Grand Voyage.
Matt Lovenduski
We worked together  •  Associate, MH+L Consultants. Previously Director of Operations/Sales, Moonlight Graham of Orange. University of California, Irvine grad.
Through hands-on operating, Gene brings a well rounded understanding of trend, production and branding to any endeavor. With many years of ... experience inside companies large and small, Gene provides highly valued experience and guidance. Gene has a practical skill set married with tested, systematic methods resulting in productive and profitable success.
Astrid Benedetto
We worked together  •  IT Audit Project Manager, U.S. Bank and Owner, Bricks-a-brac LLC.
I worked with Gene on a couple of projects together. Gene would be a great advisor because he is thoughtful - providing solution(s) to the p ... roblem and if he doesn't know the answer, he will do his research or utilize his network to find the answer. He thinks outside the box, very genuine individual that I worked with. He loves educating others to help advance others.
West Stringfellow
We worked together  •  Founder, Techstars Retail Accelerator, Techstars and Entrepreneur in Residence, Target.
Gene is incredibly creative, stylish and forward thinking; inspiring his colleagues at Target to think differently about trends in fashion a ... nd commerce. His connection with the avant garde and zeitgeist, combined with his entrepreneurial experience and zeal, will power Gene to be a visionary entrepreneurial leader.
Bart Silberman
We worked together  •  Creative Director / Director of Business Development, Original Retro Brand and Founder & Creative Director, Golden Sombrero Consultancy.
Gene is one of the most creative souls I have ever worked with. He is always looking for new & unique ways to solve problems, and is never a ... fraid to take on a new challenge. One of the most entrepreneurial sprits I know!
Donna Husbands
We worked together  •  Leadership Development Consultant, Target. Previously Authorizations Representative, Target.
Gene looks to develop himself and is an active learner--not a passive observer. He rarely takes things at surface value but is driven to und ... erstand and explore. He takes risks but thoughtfully.
Patrick Moulton
We worked together  •  VP of Corporate Development, Moulton Logistics Management and VP of Corporate Development, Moulton Logistics Management.
Gene is an open minded entrepreneur, who listens first, and speaks second. He is thoughtful and analytical and we worked together as co-fou ... nders of Top Bargains Store with Brian Nolan.
Justin McCormack
We worked together  •  President of Brand Development, Nicholas James Group / Modern Pirate Productions and Partner, Obey Giant LLC. Georgetown grad.
Innovative and always strives for perfection. When he's doing work for hire he goes the added mile to make sure the client is satisfied. Be ... sides his excellent design work, he has a well rounded understanding of brands and what the consumer wants/needs.
Joe Huff
They're my friends  •  Director of Positivity, LSTN Sound Co. and Director of Positivity, This Shirt Helps.
Gene is a great design minded person with a wealth of knowledge and experience doing great things outside the box.

Bart Silberman
We worked together  •  Creative Director / Director of Business Development, Original Retro Brand and Founder & Creative Director, Golden Sombrero Consultancy.
Bart and I have worked together on multiple projects and entrepreneurial ventures including co-founding the newest iteration of Moonlight Gr ... aham, he has a vast array of experience and would be a great advisor, especially in regards to Retail Development, Sales and Licensing.

Astrid Benedetto
We worked together  •  IT Audit Project Manager, U.S. Bank and Owner, Bricks-a-brac LLC.

Astrid Benedetto
We worked together  •  IT Audit Project Manager, U.S. Bank and Owner, Bricks-a-brac LLC.
Astrid is very intelligent and hard working, she is really great at leading and getting things done.