After looking for the dream dress for several years, Stine stops designing her own wedding dress, which will eventually be the beginning of a dress adventure in Sunnmøre.
For the search for dream dresses continues after this, but now they are looking for dresses that Stine will have at work, in a creative profession as a flower decorator. The dresses must have a good fit and high comfort and they must be elastic so that they are good to move in. The dresses should be colorful, preferably with exciting details, but where can you find these? In the end, Stine designs 18 dream dresses and they will be put into production in 2011.
The dresses are a success and they are sold to 19 stores in Norway the first year and the brand ko: ko norge is a reality. The head office and warehouse are located in Fosnavåg, just outside Ålesund. New patterns are constantly being created here and all goods are packed and sent here ... mostly DRESSES. Stine is still a creative driving force in KO&KO AS, but the business and logistics are managed by her skilled employees, with her husband Øyvind as manager. Today, the dresses are sold in the online store Koko norge and to retailers. The market has also opened up abroad for our Norwegian design and dresses are also sent daily across the border to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, etc.
Design, shape, color and flowers are a source of inspiration for KO&KO AS and the two brands ko: ko norge and You Bloom. Creating good Norwegian design is the driving force. The goal is to make women feel fantastic in our dresses. Here you get a little better knowledge about the brands.
Ko: ko norway is best known for its clothing design. Everything is created here from colorful everyday dresses to classic, tough and elegant dresses for women. The goal of ko: ko norge is to have a surprisingly large selection of dresses and to create dresses that make women feel fantastic. We have dresses for ladies of all ages and we have many different shapes. We have dresses in all colors and we also have many different patterns and dots that are typical koko. Coco dresses are also available in neutral colors.
In short, we have dresses for the creative lady, dresses for the tough and typical woman, and not least the one for the sporty and classic lady.
We also have "You Bloom". You Bloom is a clothing brand that draws inspiration for its design in the fantastic flora. The main focus of each pattern in You Bloom is flowers. Have you discovered the wonderful colors, the unique structures and all the beautiful organic shapes that appear as small works of art in a single flower. We have discovered it and we are completely captivated by the flora. So now we design dresses and other products where the goal is for YOU to flourish ... hence the name You Bloom.
The driving force is to create and we want to create a good Norwegian design. Designing dresses that bring joy because the fit is fantastic and the design is super is the goal. And think about being able to inspire ladies to wear more dresses through our design.
The products must be of high quality, they must be durable, functional and not least be so good to wear that you prefer a dress above all else. We are more interested in design than trends because the dresses will be used over time, this is a nice and easy way to be durable. For us, it's about designing dresses that last. We are happy that today we can offer a large and varied selection of dresses for beautiful, tough and active ladies, regardless of whether it is a nice ordinary dress or a floral dress.
There are some dresses that sell better than others, and our best-selling dresses have A-shape, knee-length and ¾ long sleeves. Many people prefer this type of dress in the basic wardrobe because these dresses often sit like a shot. When the shape and fit is good, we can play with design, colors and details. And when our customers want more dresses from us, it's fun that they come up with a wish list of details that are important to them. Many ask, among other things, why we have so many dresses with ¾ long sleeves, the answer is simple, it's because we sell it and the customers want it.
Which shape, width, length you should choose depends on body shape, occasion and a little mood and day shape. Some people want to be visible, but maybe you do not want attention at all, you just want to be nicely dressed. We help you find dresses that you feel comfortable and relaxed in, so most will shine no matter the occasion. Here is an overview of shapes, length, width and other details.
We start by finding out what width you want the dress to have, and here it is usually the body shape that is decisive. Here you can choose between narrow shape, normal shape, loose shape or oversized shape.
Narrow shape (slimfit). Typical for those who want a nice fitting dress that emphasizes the body shape.
Normal shape (regular) . Here, the dress is designed to promote the body in a natural way. A typical dress with a normal width is the dresses that have an A-shape.
In shape (loose fit). If you want a loose dress that hides the belly and hips, choose the wide shapes. The wide dress is comfortable and focuses on high comfort.
Oversized dress. This dress should be oversized and it is often too big and loose with lots of details, and if you style it wrong, you can quickly feel big in an oversized dress.
We know that it can be difficult to choose the right dress length, so we try to make it as easy as possible for you to choose the right length of dress. Some want short dresses, others want the dress to go just above the knee, others want to hide the knees, so the dress has to go under, or you want a long dress. We have so many dress lengths that we hope you find the right one for you.
We divide it into four different dress lengths:
Short dresses and tunics (80 - 90cm). If you are not that tall and are looking for short dresses, you need to look in the category called this category called short dresses and tunic. The narrow short dress is also suitable for a tall lady who wants short dresses. Wide short dresses can be challenging for a tall lady.
Knee-length dresses 90-105 cm. Knee-length or knee-length dresses, also called regular, are the best-selling dress with us. Perfect for you who want a dress that reaches up to the knees.
Medium length 105-125 cm. Medium-length dresses go down the leg and go down my knee on the leg. This is a length that is perfect for you who want a dress that hides the knees.
Maxi dresses 125-160 cm. If you style it right, you have a fantastic looking dress! With a maxi dress, you can shape the dress up or down exactly as you feel like it.
We have a large selection of dresses in koko norway and have sleeve lengths in all lengths. We have sleeveless dresses, dresses with 2/4 sleeves. We have a large selection of sleeve lengths that are the best-selling dresses, this is practical and you often pull the dress up to ¾ anyway. In our range you will also find dresses with long sleeves (4/4) and dresses with extra long sleeves. We also have different details on the sleeves so everything from buffer sleeves to sleeves with pleats, sleeves with extra cuffs etc.
To make it easier for you to choose a dress that suits you, we have created something called style and theme under the category "dresses". Here you can search for the style or type of dress you like best, based on lifestyle and occasion. For example, sporty dresses, hooded dresses, retro dresses, maxi dresses, Christmas dresses, summer dresses, etc. Below you get a brief overview of what different styles and themes we have in our selection of dresses.
Hooded dresses. Relaxed and relaxed sporty. Perfect for you who do not want to decorate yourself too much and have a "casual" look. Perfect dress for you who are going to work or watch a football match!
Polkadot. A wonderful and playful pattern with dots where the dots are repeated in the same size. Dotted dresses tend to be casual and create a playful and wonderful expression and we can fall back on 60s-70s dresses.
Velor dress is also called velvet dresses. We have a large selection of velor for ladies. We have Babycord, corduroy, flat velor and chenille. Regardless of the structure, it is soft and comfortable and you can enjoy both in everyday life and at the party in a wonderful soft velor dress.
Sporty dresses. There are many who say they are not dress ladies - until they put on a sporty light dress, and hey, they are suddenly dress ladies anyway. Many people associate dresses with ornaments. We mostly sell dresses for everyday use, so the sporty dress has come to a halt. In combination with sneakers, you are ready to enjoy everyday life in a dress.
Link dresses. The link dress is loved by many and our link dresses are 100% linen! It is elegant, durable, does not attract dust and is dirt-repellent. In our line collection, you can combine several garments and create a flexible and stylish outfit.
Summer dresses. Summer is high season for dresses, and many associate summer with summer dresses, flowers, sandals, sun, sea and heat. We have a large selection of summer dresses in all sizes and styles.
Jeans dresses. Denim dresses or denim dresses are practical to use and give you a rough and casual look.
Floral dresses. Floral dresses are in the wind like never before and we have a large selection of floral dresses. Flower dress can be used on many occasions and can be combined in many different styles.
Party dresses. Party dresses and party dresses are a must! Dresses for parties or dresses for or maybe dresses for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve? Check out our selection of party dresses!
Retro dresses. Perfect for you who are looking for retro style. These are also typical 50s dresses and they fit perfectly all year round.
Maxi dresses. Elegant and comfortable dress that can be used on many occasions. We have a large selection of maxi dresses online.
Knitted dress. Find your knitted dress at koko norway. We use 100% merino wool and we love this quality! Can be used on several occasions or if you just want a dress that keeps you warm.
The value of creating a product that maintains both design and quality over time is important to us. Below you see an overview of our clothing qualities.
Jacquard fabric: Jacquard consists mostly of viscose, some elastane and some of the jacquard fabrics are added some polyester. Everything is oeko-tex certified.
Viscose: We use a lot of the light viscose in oøko-tex on both babs products like Molly and Pia, as well as on all your flowers. This is a quality that gives us many opportunities. Everything is oeko-tex certified.
Velor: This is a quality we love. Velor is a soft and comfortable fabric. This applies to both baby string, corduroy, chenille, shimmer velor and smooth velor.
Linen: Linen is a beautiful natural material. We really like the natural look that is found in 100% linen.
Wool: Our wool products consist of 100% merino wool, a fantastic quality!
Denim: Denim is a durable material that we just love to use.
Lace dresses: Lace dresses are perfect when you want to dress up a little extra. Whether there are dresses for a wedding party, for a summer party or for a nice restaurant visit. The lace dress has good elasticity in the fabric
Chiffon dresses: Suitable both for warm summer evenings and as an elegant party dress. If you are looking for the romantic dress, the chiffon dress is perfect.
Oeko tex cotton: This cotton is marked with safe textiles and must not contain e.g. allergenic dyes.
Development and innovation.
Together with our fantastic customers, we develop. And our regular customers are so good at giving us feedback. And it's a good feeling when we can solve some of the challenges that our customers have when they buy a dress. Here are some of the feedback and how we solved it.
Did you know that we call all dresses by name? All our "koko" dresses are personalized by name and all our "you-bloom" dresses are named after the flower's name on the dress. Can you find your name among our dresses? If not then tip us well, we always need new names.
Maybe we can save a wash or a hundred. The tip is to always look over the dress before washing it. Does it need to be washed or can it just be shipped? If there is light dirt or make-up on the dress, you can use the super trick ... a soft toothbrush. It's absolutely true and so ingenious, brush away loose debris and hang for aeration ... good for the environment, get dressed and you.
All dresses are made in Poland and Lithuania by manufacturers that we are confident in and that we have become acquainted with. We have mutual respect and good wishes for each other.
There is no doubt that if you take care of something, it will hold better, even a dress. Proper care of the dresses is therefore important if you want them for a long time. A wonderful customer wrote the following to us: "I love my" KOKOs "and cherish them tenderly because I want to enjoy them for a long time."
We recommend that you read the washing instructions and follow them. Do not use a dryer !! Personally, I wash my cow: cow and youbloom dresses on a nice wash or wool wash, I hang them up and let them dry on a hanger. Some dresses, for example in wool quality, must dry flat so that they do not lose their shape. A smart tip is to hang the dresses outside to be sent, we will all get better at it, then we also save some laundry, the dress stays nice longer and we save the environment.
Ko: ko norge does not have a physical store in itself and we sell the dresses via the online store www.kokonorway.no or through retailers. We are proud to say that today we sell the dresses all over the world. Everything is possible between the fjord and the mountains in beautiful Fosnavåg on Sunnmøre.
We hope you have gained more knowledge about us and about the dresses we design and sell. We are ready to help you and really hope you want to follow us on the journey.