The Founder, John Hwang and The President, Jenny Hwang
In year 1983, John Hwang had his business running several clothing retail stores such as one particular called, Urban Source, located in Plainfield, New Jersey. Although the growth of businesses was only keeping their lines on a steady pace with no particular change, John decided to take a different approach after about 15 years of running them. This was year 1998.
Opening an account from a single high-end brand was a long journey and challenging. John was highly committed only to go forward with his decision which he never compromised. After going through many different trial and error, he finally started gaining licenses to open accounts with high-ends then a little by little, other high-ends started to contribute their trust into John’s business thus Mercat Boutique Store was created.
John was married to Jenny Hwang in 1999, who became a president of Ran-H Corporation and is also very passionate and proud about the business. She runs on her own feet to meet business partners all around the states, full supporting on opening new high-end brands for Mercat.
Today, Mercat store owns its own online store (www.mercatboutique.com) with a number of around 60 employees. Some of them are Parsons and FIT graduates with relevant backgrounds in fashion. However, the most critical assets that he sees in employees are passion, talent, and a good set of eyes and taste for reading trends in fashion.
Mercat is planning to grow into a department store along with its active online store, mercatboutqiue.com. The immense growth of its business, it simply requires more spaces and employees. The revenue doesn’t stop in New Jersey nor New York. The business is currently scheduled to turn its approach into a franchise over in the western part of the states. Furthermore, the items would continue to expand its variety such as cosmetics, kitchen tools and more, which would ultimately lead to a complete high-end department store.