KORE X SANDRA OH
In 2020, we had the pleasure of collaborating with the iconic actress Sandra Oh to create our BLM Reversible Bomber Jacket for her online appearance at the Emmys. Though Oh is primarily known for her illustrious career in entertainment - most notable her roles as Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy and Eve Polastri in Killing Eve - she has also been vocal about using her platform to promote the Black Lives Matter movement.
Our collaboration with Oh centers around a design that aims to bolster visibility of this movement. The jacket features embroidery of the mugunghwa, the Korean national flower, and the inscription “흑인의 생명은 소중하다.” (meaning “Black Lives Are Precious”) on the front alongside the trigrams from the Korean flag. This design was available in a typical length bomber jacket in black as well as the original cropped jacket in lavender.
With Oh's passion for supporting the BLM movement in mind, we donated a portion of the proceeds from our collaboration to Campaign Zero, a non-profit organization aimed to analyze policing practices and end police violence; and Black Girls Code, an organization aimed to empower girls of color for their futures in STEM fields by exposing them to computer science and technology.
When asked by Vogue UK about her motivation to collaborate with KORE, Oh stated, "After George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed, I felt that as an Asian-American, a Korean-American person, I wanted to express my support for the Black community in a way that felt personal to my community."
With our collaboration, others were also able to share in this show of solidarity with the black community, and we at KORE are proud to have fostered that.