Our SS16 'Koko' lace dress featured on the opening page of renowned fashion director, Margherita Gardella's 'Ruffle Reverie' story in the first edition of The Protagonist Magazine, shot by the incredible Ram Shergill. Styled with white underskirt SORAPOL, bow tie GILES, hat Philip Treacy, gloves CORNELIA JAMES.
The magazine is available exclusively from Wardour News and Tate Modern.
Get to know Dawn Green, our founder and creative director in the new issue of Absolutely Magazine Notting Hill January edition.
It's only right to start with our beloved mascot, Blue, who sets the scene perfectly for KOKORO'S 2015 highlights.
Fun Fact: He is also our first Instagram Post.
A peak at the final touches before our launch on Connaught Street.
We were so happy when Dawn brought home some goodies to stock from Amelie Pichard, an accessories designer based in Paris who makes exquisite and nostalgic shoes and bags.
The set up...
The first visual display at 19 Connaught Street, just before the doors were first opened!
A candid shot during our first week at 19 Connaught Street. Many thanks to friends and family for their continued support for KOKORO London.
What followed next was our website launch...
The face (and body) of our newly launched website. KOKORO Cruise collection modelled by KOKORO London founder Dawn Green.
Adding to our in house collection, we partnered with our long time friend and neighbour ByWalid to have a selection of his beautiful Antique garments in our store at 19 Connaught Street.
Our Lovely clients wearing our Cruise collection.
The first of our adventures in Paris.
We ventured into Paris for Fashion week, where we showed our first Spring/Summer collection alongside our good friends By Walid. Keep a look out for the Imari Shirt and Harajuko skirt coming soon.
During fashion week Hamish Bowles wore our Mr Kitsune Scarf to the Gucci show.
We were so thankful to Alex for gifting us his drawing that we wanted to share this gift with you too. Thank you for the competition entries and your continued support.
The calm before the storm, selecting the AW 15 fabrics, before they head to production. Can you spot the colours that made the set?
Our Autumn Winter Lookbook went live, view the full images here.
Our Clients loving our Autumn and Winter collection. Shop the Mr Kitsune Kyoto Skirt.
That time when the wonderful Sir Paul Smith came by 19 Connaught street to say hello to us.
We were honoured to dress Karen Gill MBE & Maxine Benson MBE to present the NatWest everywoman awards.
We continued the celebration by collaborating with Every Woman to create a shopping experience in Connaught Street, where business women could shop, connect and enjoy a night out. Thank you to everyone who participated to make it a night we will never forget!
We are so grateful for our lovely customers, friends and the opportunities given to us in 2015. Here's to a fabulous 2016, filled with lots of love, growth and opportunities.
In the midst of the various fashion weeks, we too have become dizzied by spells of summer trends, colours and holiday plans fated in the distant future...Lest we forget, Autumn has just begun!
So we present to you pieces you can adorn your figure and wardrobe with now!
MR KITSUNE SCARF
We recently did a giveaway for these limited edition scarves which are taken from an original drawing by our dear friend and Irezumi Tattoo artist - Alex Reinke, AKA Horikitsune, who kindly gifted the artwork of a two-tailed fox to mark the beginning of our journey as KOKORO London. As always, our silk and cashmere blend scarves are spun by an artisan factory at the base of Mount Fuji, and printed in Kyoto; the whisper-weight and luxurious scarves are the perfect travel companion and year round accessory.
The Boyfriend sweater is spun from the finest Italian yarn, and features a crew knit! This classic style is cut for the perfect relaxed fit. A smart staple; pair this with everything from tailored pants to printed skirts.
The cropped extra fine Cariaggi yarn cardigan is our must have layer piece for this season! This slightly loose-fitting piece is cropped and looks chic with high-waisted pants and made to layer over shirts and dresses. The subtle pleat detail hem adds formality to this wardrobe staple.
GIANT WAVE CARDIGAN
Our Giant Wave Cashmere Cardigan is screen printed with Hokusai's 'Giant Wave' and cut with a flattering waterfall front. This is a cozy must have winter cardigan that can be worn with all!
COMING SOON.... THE MR KITSUNE KYOTO SKIRT
Make a statement in our silk satin midi pencil skirt. Fully lined in silk habotai, this figure-skimming style is cut to sit high at the most flattering point of your waist. This skirt print is taken from an original drawing by Irezumi tattoo artists Alex Reinke, AKA Horikitsune, who gifted us this work as we began our journey as KOKORO London.
This piece alongside others are coming soon to the store and the website.
Before the conception of what is now known as KOKORO London, our dear friend Alex Reinke was a supporter of our workmanship and vision. When we launched, he kindly gifted us the drawing above of a two tailed fox, known in Japanese as a "Kitsune" to represent the start of Kokoro's journey.
In Japanese mythology, the Kitsune is an animal that holds the ability to grow and withstand trials and tests that life gives it, yet still being true to its nature and spirit. This symbol is one in which we wish to live by, persevering through life holding onto our mantra; to do and work using our intention, emotion and intellect and most importantly our Kokoro - heart;mind;spirit.
The MR Kitsune Scarf is spun by an artisan factory at the base of Mount Fuji, Japan. It has been digitally edited from the original drawing and printed on silk and cashmere blended yarns.
We want to celebrate our launch with you by offering the opportunity to win one of these scarves. To enter, share your favorite Irezumi tattoo and tag us with #KokoroLovesTattoos.
Two winners will be announced on our social media channels.
Competition ends midnight on the 25th September 2015.
Find out more about our wonderful friend Alex Reinke here.
To find out more about Kitsune Japanese folklore, check out the links from the websites below.
KOKORO’s key inter-seasonal piece comes in the form of our Kasuri Short Jacket. Its lightweight cotton composition makes it perfect for summer and that luxury cruise holiday. But the oversized kimono shoulders and ¾ sleeves means that you can layer underneath (and over) with our FW15 collection as we head further into the Fall.
Kurume-Kasuri – was created by Inoue Den, a prominent inter-weaver, born in 1788. One day, she noticed dots appear on her cloth. As a result, she found a way to dye threads after twining and protecting them from colouring. This is the important procedure, “Kukuri,” (twining threads) to make kasuri. It is a technique that creates geometrical marks, small dots, crosses and circles, maintained even today all over the world to weave up designs of kasuri.
The beauty of this weaving pattern is that it appears like water droplets splashed on ink, creating a distinct fuzzy feather like pattern.
Traditionally the material was used to make obi belts, as the fabric is so narrow. We have created a pattern, which utilizes the fabric to make two short jackets from each unique piece of fabric. The 60’s style boxy short cut and inverted pleat back detail is a modern take on this traditional style.
These limited edition jackets, available in 6 patterns are made in Kyoto, Japan.
They are now exclusively available in store.