Koio Collective, a socially responsible direct-to-consumer leather goods startup that aspires to be the Louis Vuitton for Millennials.
At the end of February, the brand launched with a minimalist and ultra-high-quality sneaker line, which was met with robust customer adoration. In the long-run the company will add leather accessories to its product portfolio including wallets, belts, backpacks and bags.
Just six months after launch, Esquire featured the shoes on spot 1 of the list of “Coolest Sneakers of 2015”. They were also picked up by Vogue, Forbes, Business Insider, Bloomberg, and many other media outlets. Koio’s celebrity fan base already reaches from Hollywood stars (e.g., Jake Gyllenhaal, Whoopi Goldberg), to musicians (e.g., Tyrese, Chris Brown), and world-famous athletes (e.g., Lewis Hamilton, Devon Still).
The debut collection is handcrafted by a prestigious Italian manufacturer – a key production facility of Chanel. Thanks to the direct-to-consumer approach, Koio offers a quality-price ratio that is unmatched in today’s luxury footwear market. The company aims to make traditional luxury labels obsolete, offering an inspiring, beautiful, and affordable brand online to Millennials.
Koio Collective is socially responsible where other brands cut corners: the brand ensures that working conditions at manufacturers are excellent. Further, Koio takes back used shoes, restores them, and provides them to people in need.
The company was founded by Johannes Quodt (ex McKinsey) and Chris Wichert (ex J.P. Morgan), friends and recently Wharton MBA Palmer Scholar graduates. Please request access to the dealroom to learn more.