“There are always sacrifices that everybody has to make in order to achieve their goals and dreams,” said KaChue, owner of KC Fashion. “Nothing good comes easy. Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” Ka first arrived in the United States at the age of 16 and her dream was to become a doctor. Her father served in the military as a nurse during the Vietnam War which inspired her in wanting to become a doctor.She was placed in high school as a sophomore. “I faced a big challenge being that I spoke no English, had no formal education and didn’t understand the culture,” Ka said. “I realized then that my dreams of becoming a doctor were far out of reach, I was born in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Her next dream wasn’t realized until she entered college. After enrolling in a few sewing courses at Butte College, Ka discovered she had a talent and passion for sewing and fashion. Ka married at a young age to GerVang and with six children, she needed a way to make ends meet. She decided to expand her sewing hobby by designing and making her children’s clothes instead of purchasing them. Ka received much praise on her designs. She landed upon a newly found happiness and knew she wanted to share this piece of happiness with everyone in the community. She began to dream of opening her own store someday.
After completing her fashion design course, her family relocated to Sacramento. Although she wanted to open her own store, she didn’t have the financial means to do so. Ka did the next best thing she could think of and started selling her designs at the flea market. After many years of dedication, sacrifice and sleepless nights, at the beginning of 2013 Ka was finally able to open her own store: KC Fashion.
KC Fashion offers a wide range of men and women clothing from formal wear to traditional Hmong clothing, as well as tailoring services. “We hope to foster an environment where the people in the Hmong community can feel confident that we understand their needs and the culture,” Ka said. Throughout the years Ka and her family has received support from the community. KC Fashion holds raffles on special occasions and donates to many of the Hmong charities to show their appreciation to the community.
“I didn’t have the privilege of getting a formal education but with determination and hard work I was able to successfully get this far,” Ka said. “I came to America when I was 16 and have been able to make a career from my passion and hobbie. I encourage and hope that one day our youth will be successful in the mainstream fashion industry and represent us on one of the fashion shows on TV.”
Photography: Lue Vang
5840 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone (916) 256-6513