Loopy Mango is the brainchild of Oejong and Anna, two friends who met in New York. One day Oejong randomly found a crochet hook in her suitcase. She crocheted day and night; so much that she quit her job! Anna was so amazed by Oejong's creations that she wanted to share them with the entire world! Loopy Mango believes that anyone can be creative - all you have to do is give it a try.
Oejong Kim was born in Korea. She moved to Japan for college and after graduating from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies she worked as an interpreter and later opened a Korean fusion restaurant in Nagoya, Japan. She moved to New York right after 9/11 and worked for a corporate housing company. She taught herself how to crochet, took a long vacation, and never returned to the corporate world.
Anna Pulvermakher was born in Soviet Union. She moved to Seattle, WA with her family in 1991 and after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Mathematics she worked for Microsoft and Expedia as a Software Test Engineer. In 2003 she moved to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a professional artist.
Oejong and Anna met at a fabric painting workshop at Fashion Institute of Technology and together they founded Loopy Mango in 2004. Oejong is the Designer and Creative Director of the company. Her medium of choice is merino wool fiber. She is attracted to the tactile experience of working with wool. The entire process from sourcing the fiber, developing colors, picking and carding the wool, spinning it into yarn, designing and hand knitting each piece is an elaborate but ultimately immensely gratifying process. Her goal in every piece that she creates is to maximize the beauty of natural wool to ensure that the end result is something that can be appreciated by those who share her aesthetic. She hopes that her creations will be passed on to future generations. Knitting is an ancient craft, and her designs are simple and relevant to modern lifestyle.