Kiger Hansen was born in Busan, Korea and was raised in Junction City, Kansas. He went to Los Angeles, California to study fashion design at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and graduated, summa cum laude.
There are not many designers, especially well known designers, which have the talent to design both women’s and men’s, even though they have both gender specific divisions in their company. They have to rely on other designers and stylist to support them.
Hansen has the experience and understand what it takes to launch a new brand. The brands that Hansen conceptualized in his career have all had successful launches.
The brands Hansen has launched while still working on the main collection for the companies are:
Guess Jeans designer for women's and men's, launched young men's hip hop line.
DKNY Pure men's
Club Monaco Men's design director, launched men's underwear.
John Varvatos senior men's designer, launched women's collection.
Nordstrom's private label Valette.
Aside from launching brands for large companies, Hansen has hands on experience in successfully launching his own line of jeans wear. He utilized his connections from working at Guess Jeans and his own funds to launch this collection. The line was carried by the most exclusive retailers known for carrying diverse and important jeans companies at the time, Ron Herman Fred Segal on Melrose in Los Angeles and Antique Boutique in New York.