The Kokkou sisters were always fascinated by creativity and design from a young age, and pursued their passions at University: Maria studied Printed Textile Design both at Central Saint Martins and later at the Royal College of Art, and Ilena received her degrees in Product Design Development for the Fashion Industries & Accessories Design, as well as a diploma in Fashion Footwear from the London College of Fashion.
Maria, the eldest sister, following her MA in 3D printed leather, worked on an exclusive new project for Holland & Holland, an English high-end fashion country-living brand (part of the Chanel group) – before returning to her homeland of Greece. Ilena brought back to Greece her sales background thanks to her work at Rainbowwave showroom, and production experience due to her stint at Rupert Sanderson shoes.
The two sisters joined forces, with their personalities and experiences perfectly complementing each other, and with both sharing the same vision: to create practical everyday products that bring life and vibrancy to client’s homes and that everyone can carry around the city, on holiday or down to the beach. Inspired by growing up in Greece, they wanted fashionable and practical products to match their everyday life.
It all started out with the design and printing of digital fabrics that were used to make one-off customized interior products such as pillows, beanbags and handmade photo albums. The requests started to grow, quickly expanding into other materials such as Plexiglas® and product categories like boxes, trays and other decorative accessories.
The fashion accessories followed with their first Paris Fashion Week preview of the Spring Summer 2012 collection. Their interior and fashion collections are sold year after year in selected boutiques and department stores around the world, including USA, UK, France, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
Maria and Ilena decided on the name Koku Concept because it fuses together everything that they love – fashion, accessories and interiors – into a true lifestyle concept brand, unique in its own category. Through Koku Concept, the sisters create special, clever and high-quality fashion and lifestyle accessories which have a humorous and playful personality and can easily both suit and reflect the character of their owners during different moments of their everyday lives.
THE FASHION COLLECTION
Practical Accessories with a fashion edge
Koku Concept’s fashion collection consists of summer living essentials such as beach bags, shoppers, clutches, pochettes, beauty bags and the latest additions: the bucket bag and panama style hat.
The fabrics used are a combination of monochromatic cotton fabrics and multicolored woven fabrics, and only the highest quality laser-cut and hand stitched plexiglas, which has now become the company’s signature. To complement these are bright durable zips and PVC pullers to add contrast. Fluorescent colors and perspex summer-themed shapes such as pineapples, sunglasses, sharks and palm trees and a touch of sunshine to each creation.
Practicality always plays a key role for each product’s design. The size of each product has been purposefully designed to fit all of the life’s necessities, for example:
- Interior zip pockets are custom-made to hold your money, phone and jewelry.
- A soft structure on all of the fashion items allow them to be flat-packed into a suitcase when travelling.
- The lengths of straps are designed to fit easily and comfortably on your shoulder.
- Waterproof interior for some items allow for practicality, no matter the occasion.
THE INTERIORS COLLECTION
Making everyday objects truly special
Koku Concept’s Interior collection comprises of a wide range of home décor accessories, including trays, boxes, pillows, bean bags, bowls, ornaments and a variety of stylish practical everyday products.
A selectionof materials such as Plexiglas®, printed fabrics, ceramics and wood are used to craft objects that possess a personalized feel. Using simple, uncomplicated and modern designs- that follow the same philosophy of being practical and multipurpose – they can be used in all rooms of their homes.
Whether it’s ceramic bowls that can be used to hold jewelry or serve snacks to guests, or seasonal ornaments to decorate the summer home or Christmas tree – Koku Concept’s sense of humor always shines through the colorful messages and slogans inscribed on them, which usually express special wishes such as “Dream” or “Love”.
Every piece from both the fashion and interior collections is unique, as well as handmade with love and care at Koku Concept’s Athens-based studio by a team of skilled people who share Maria’s and Ilena’s love and passion for detail and quality.