Meet the Maker: Koko
Custom Sewer at Chrome Brooklyn
Making things is in our DNA at Chrome. We began as a couple folks in a garage with a single industrial sewing machine making bags for our messenger friends. Now, almost 25 years later, we keep a connection to that creative spirit by staffing every one of our Chrome Hubs with an industrial sewing machine and a sewer who can create custom bags, make repairs and basically do all kinds of magic things with fabric.
In our Meet the Maker series we’ll give you a quick look into the world of one of our custom sewers and just a sample of all the amazing bags they have made. Meet Koko – resident custom bagmaker, dog-petter and zine publisher of Chrome Brooklyn.
What brought you to NYC?
I’m originally from a small town in the middle of New Hampshire and was always interested in fashion design. NYC is a fashion capital so I knew I had to get down here. The freedom to be your authentic self without judgement allows New York to be full of unique individuals that add to and inspire daily life.
What got you into making bags?
I went to Parsons for fashion design and graduated in May 2017. My focus was in handbags and fashion product. I fell in love with making bags because of their sculptural and independent-from-the-body nature that allows for a lot of freedom in design. There was always an importance on having utilitarian and long-lasting material or sustainability in my work which is why I enjoy coming to work everyday and making bags that embody this.
Favorite bag you’ve made/made recently?
Definitely the Zelda Windwalker one I just finished for someone. People like to come to me with amazing ideas that they want embroidered. Since we don’t have embroidery machines, I try to cut out my own stencils to mimic the feeling of embroidery. The Zelda bag was one of my most complex cut outs to date and the customer was in love with it. It’s a great feeling when you make people’s dream bags come to life.
What else are you into outside of work?
I started my own dog collar/accessories business where a portion of our monthly proceeds are donated back to local NYC rescue shelters.
What makes working for Chrome cool?
Speaking specifically to my position, it’s always fun to talk to customers while designing their custom bags. You get to learn about them a little more like where they’ve been and where they hope to go which helps to add that extra flare to their new bag.
What’s your favorite spot by the Brooklyn hub?
Vanessa’s Dumplings. Cheap, delicious, and filling. Is there anything better?