For S/S ’12, London based designer Sophia Kokosalaki launches ‘Kore – Sophia Kokosalaki’, an ethically conscious debut collection with ASOS Inc., the designer support initiative from ASOS. Sophia says: “We have been looking for the right partner to create a younger sister line and found it in ASOS.”
‘Kore’ translates to “maiden” or “daughter” in Ancient Greek – signifying youth, purity, strength and elegance, and refers to the designer’s Greek roots.
Incorporating Sophia’s signature draping techniques, the collection features an equal split of dresses and separates, mixing ruche jersey crepe, pure cotton, and washed silk or silk chiffon, trimmed with hand-crafted lace.
Created especially for ‘Kore – Sophia Kokosalaki‘, lace appears in four incarnations; a metallic-weave flower motif, a star pattern, an “eye” interlace and tasselled fringing.
Further details include leather edging and specially-designed horn zip puller as a brand motif.
Most notably, is the ethical commitment seen through a long-term collaboration with a community cooperative workshop in Sri Lanka. Sophia Kokosolaki underlines: “After visiting Sri Lanka, our first support project under Kore is to work with the lace-making ladies to provide a regular income for them and their families. It is also important that Kore helps keep traditional hand crafts alive and viable in an increasingly mechanised world. It is our aim to build on these two major aspects in the future.”
The range offers the aesthetic of Sophia’s mainline to a broader audience and costs between € 100 -€ 660.