Designer Spotlight : Coco and Veve

CoCo & VeVe was created by Ria who’s ambition was to create a timeless wardrobe for women. The label includes dresses and separates, which can be styled in several different ways, for all occasions. Ria creates many of her own prints, which are then digitally printed onto the fabrics.

Designed with the stylish, confident women in mind to take her from day to night, it was a brand that caught our eye here at House of Coco. We went along to find out more…

When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
Launched in 2015. With a passion and love of fabrics and fashion, I wanted to create clothing line for women not available on the high street.  I felt there was a gap in the market between fast fashion and high-end luxury brands to be filled. I wanted to create a British brand made in the UK. A collection of quality garments at affordable prices women would love.

Whats your background?
I trained in fashion and textiles and worked for a children’s wear manufacturer for a time before having a career break to raise my family. During this time, I would always be making one off garments and selling at monthly local artisan markets.

How many people are involved in the company and what are their roles?
Right now, it’s just me. With a lot of help from friends and family. I couldn’t do it without them.

What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?
Paper work!

Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?
I have a very large family and all my garments are named after female members of the family.

I’m also a huge coffee lover.

2017 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
I would love to see my brand in boutiques across the country and globally.

To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
It’s rewarding when customers tag me on social media wearing my garments. To showcase during London fashion week and at Liverpool fashion week where amazing experiences.

Which city do you feel most at home in, London, Paris or New York?
London as UK is my home.

Three beauty products you can’t leave the house without?
Carmex lip balm, hand sanitizer and Guerlain bronzer.

Style means….?
Style is how you express yourself.

Best thing about London to you?
The buzz of the city, I like to visit Pop Brixton whenever I’m in London. Best thing of all is I get see my Brother Dan, Wife Kate and my Nephew Wilf. (they moved to London 3 years ago )

Statement shoe or statement bag?
Bag. I love a big bag with pockets that I can carry my life around in.

If you had to, what piece of clothing from your wardrobe would you wear everyday?
It must be from my own label CoCo & VeVe.

My Black wrap dress. It is so comfortable to wear. I can pair it with jeans for a dress down look, wear with a pair of heels for a meeting. Add a statement necklace and I’m ready for an evening out.

Favourite love song?
Shania Twain: From this moment.

Best place for a coffee?
So many to choose from. Locally Albion Bakehouse serves good coffee with home baked cakes.

I love the coffee in Spain. Papas Sur is in Guardamar they serve my favorite coffee.

Most memorable piece of advice given to you?
Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Guilty pleasure?
Coffee & Cake

In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?
Looking forward I would like to expand globally creating brand awareness of CoCo & VeVe to a wider audience.

Find out more…

Web: cocoveve.uk

Web other: https://www.silkfred.com/boutiques/coco-and-veve

Instagram: @coco_veve

Facebook:  @CocoandVeve

Twitter : @coco_veve

 

 

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