We are keen to give back and to make giving back easier, which is why we’ve ethically sourced our garments
and we’ve hand- picked the projects that the profits from the sales of our dungarees get reinvested into.
Coco & Kiki
CoCo and KiKi came from Kishana’s nickname, combined with my childhood nickname Coco. One of my oldest friends Billy couldn’t pronounce Corrine. It was later revived when Coco spent some time volunteering in Sri Lanka and the children also struggled with saying Corrine.
Kishana is originally from Jamaica and Corrine is from Dorset. They met whilst working at a marketing company in West London 2019. The friendship was instant, cemented by plantain and West Londons finest jerk chicken.
Fast forward to 2020 and a marathon length walk later. The two decided that they needed to come out of lockdown better than the world went into it. This is where CoCo & KiKi was born. The sheer lengths of the walks lead to a lot of time bouncing around ideas. Ethically and sustainably sourced with giving back at the centre and a pledge to reinvest 100% of profits responsibily.
Usually found in the sea, or coming out of A&E with a knee related injury!
Corrine met Mollie, our wonderful designer in Lyme Regis at Secondary school, we then spent our summers scooping ice cream together, as you do in small seaside towns. Since then she has branched out a little and currently works as a designer in Hong Kong, with some big players in her roster, such as John Lewis. So we are thrilled to have her as part of the team!
Usually found transporting kilos of food
It is often tricky to find people on your wavelength in life and even more so across continents in a global pandemic.
So stumbling across Jas was incredibly fortuitous.
Jas is a Philipino national who moved back home from London before Covid hit. She is based in Negros, a small island in the Philippines. She raised nearly 10K, whilst gathering and
distributing food and essentials to locals who were living hand to mouth at the beginning of the pandemic. We will now be taking a more viable
long term approach of selecting individuals who’d like to start a small
venture but perhaps don’t have the startup capital or the know-how. Between Jas & I, we have both the knowledge and the funding to help with getting them started. To read more about this project please check out our reinvestment page.
After searching high and low for a studio to partner with in India we eventually stumbled across this perfect partnership. A lakeside studio, a stone’s throw away from Coco’s first apartment in Bangalore. A boutique studio run by women, with ethical, sustainability at the heart of their focus. They’ve been on an absolute mission since they started four years ago.
With women like Radha “Radha is now an Assistant Cutter, after being promoted from a seamstress who joined us on Day 1 of Blank Studio (almost 4 years ago). She’s one of our most special, and has been with us from the very start. While she enjoys stitching new samples, her most recent passion has been trying to learn the skill of pattern making and assist the master is cutting fabric to be sewn into garments. She is a complete joy to work with. Her spirit truly lights up our small workspace. She is a mentor to many other women, and is also a role model and inspiration to those who aspire to be a master or cutter in the future. There’s so much to learn from you Radha”