Coco & Kinney embraces individuality and hope you have as much fun wearing the designs as they have had making them.
How did it all begin?
Emma and I (Venetia) launched Coco & Kinney in 2017 after discovering we had a joint love for jewellery, semi-precious stones and colour. This passion took us to Jaipur, India where we handpicked the gems for our collection and oversaw the manufacturing of our collections.
What sets your business apart?
Although jewellery is a very saturated market we still felt that there was a gap for pieces that were colourful and versatile. We wanted to create items that were flexible, could work around our customers and be adapted to suit their signature jewellery style.
What is the concept behind your business or the problem you’re solving?
Our pieces are designed to be worn in more ways than one. From reversible pendants to detachable earrings, the interchangeable nature of our pieces allows flexibility in how you wear our jewellery.
Where to next/What is your brand vision?
To grow the visibility of our brand online and in-store; and the launch of our men’s range.
Venetia Cohen & Emma Mactaggart
Coco & Kinney
What do you feel passionate about/what drives you?
Supporting causes that we believe in. Both Emma and I want to know that we are giving back with our company and plan to always have a collaboration with a charity or cause that means something to us.
Share an example of early life that has shaped you?
Travel! For both Emma and I travelling inspired us not only to desire something other than a 9-5 but the inspiration we get from exploring other countries and cultures features heavily in our designs.
Highlights of your business journey so far?
Seeing our customers and friends in our pieces is by far above and beyond the best bit.
Key lessons you have learned along the way?
Trust your instincts. Even if you have never done something before, have faith that you will make it work.
Best piece of advice you have received?
Don’t be scared to ask for advice.
Advice to an aspiring entrepreneur or woman just starting her career?
Don’t ever feel like you’re not capable enough. We all are.
What funding route have you chosen for your business and why?
So far, we are self-funded. We like the fact we have full control of the direction of the business.
Some of the challenges you have faced and how you overcame them?
Emma and I joke about how we love to time our launches with events such as Brexit & the pandemic so there have been a few challenges along the way! We try and be as rational as possible about them and have faith that we will come out the other side unscathed.
Why is it important to support women-led business?
Because so many women we talk to say “oh I couldn’t do that”, and we need to change that perception of ourselves. We need to challenge the status quo.
Venetia Cohen & Emma Mactaggart
My inspiration is...
Venetia: My parents. They do it all and all with a great sense of humour. Emma: Everyday life. I like to think I'm inspired by something on a daily basis but a woodland walk on a spring evening is hard to beat.
My greatest fear is...
Venetia: How long do we have? Emma: Missed opportunities.
The most courageous thing I’ve ever done is...
Venetia: Launching Coco & Kinney. Emma: Co-founded a business at 22.
Venetia: Cheese. I think I must eat three varieties a day. Emma: Countryfile.
Mantra you live by?
Venetia: Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not, it’s not the end. Emma: Life isn’t how to survive in the storm but how to dance in the rain.
Female role model?
Venetia: My friends. Forever in awe of what they are all capable of. Emma: My sister. She is determined, fearless and has the best fashion sense in the Met Police.
Women-led brand you love?
Venetia: Rixo. Emma: The Deck London, Suicide&Co, Duzi, Loan the Look, Lisou London.
Top productivity tool?
Venetia: My notebook. I write every single thing down. Emma: Going on a walk - little and often - preferably with my two frenchies.
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