On October 13, 2019, the internationally renowned Greek Fashion Designer,
passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Inspired by Crete, Sofia Kokosalaki began her international career in 1999 at London Fashion Week. She studied at Central Saint Martins Alum, collaborated for many years with Topshop since 2001 and designed the costumes for the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece. She also worked for the French company Vionnet from 2004 to 2007 as Creative Director.
“I like to design clothes that are functional but that also give a special appearance”
In 2007 she sold her brand to Only the Brave, which she bought back in 2009. Sofia Kokosalaki also designed for the high-end Diesel collection & Black Gold, from 2009 to 2012, and donated her contemporary collection KORE in Asos.
Her clothes are characterized as deeply influenced by the ancient Greek culture in combination with modern elements, but at the same time they maintain a timeless style, contrary to the ephemeral orders of fashion. The materials she used were high quality fabrics and leathers, which were usually handmade.
Her love for Greece was enormous and especially for her hometown of Crete, which she wanted to return to at the age of 89.
Bon Voyage Sophia!
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