Bunmi KoKo was founded in March 2009. The name Bunmi KoKo was inspired by the designer’s first name ‘Bunmi’ (meaning ‘God gave me’) and the affectionate nickname given by her partner, Francis Udom; “KoKo” (meaning “my other half’), Hence, Bunmi KoKo meaning “ God gave me my other half”.
Clear blue skies, sunrays and the warm gentle breeze of the Aberdeen shores in Scotland, a rare occasion; inspired the concept for the BK corporate identity. This was translated in the company colours by using warm earthy tones in sandy beige, dark chocolate and bronze.
Bunmi Koko is an emerging luxury fashion and lifestyle brand in London with Scottish/Nigerian Heritage that specialise in ready to wear and couture garments for bridal and evening wear. The mix of art and fashion is key to the brands philosophy and all products and services aim to have the company slogan ingrained in them, which is ‘Luxuria, Art, Elegans’ (luxury, art, elegance). Bunmi Koko design aesthetic is to create elegant, sculptural shapes, whilst mixing classic looks, from different eras with contemporary twists. Excellence is reflected through innovative designs, fabric quality and meticulous finishing thereby creating both couture and ready- to- wear garments with impeccable detailing.
Innovation and print technology is a key strength within Bunmi Koko and the amalgamation of Bunmi and Francis’s skills has resulted in a fusion of engineering and fashion which has led to the production of innovative, structured designs which to date have caught the attention of a growing list of celebrities including former Spice Girl Mel B, Michelle Obama, Members of Destiny’s Child and top fashion writers like award-winning Fashion Director of The Telegraph, Hilary Alexander. In its second year, the Bunmi Koko brand became one of the most talked about emerging brands. Adding to the much garnered media and press attention worldwide, Bunmi and Francis received a personal invitation to meet with The Great Nelson Mandela at his home after winning the International Emerging Designer of the Year Award during the Fifa World Cup in South Africa, in July 2010.
The brands portfolio of luxury products and services is growing into accessories for womenswear and menswear, special designs (bespoke corporate gifts, gift cards, illustrations) and interior design.
The following awards have recognized Bunmi Koko’s achievement in fashion: Winner of the Precious Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award, organised by the Precious Awards and British Library (November 2010), Made into the Power List 2011 - Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People sponsored by Powerful Media and J.P. Morgan (November 2010), Finalists at The Pitch Perfect Business Awards in sponsored by Lloyds TSB, your docklands & city magazine, Tower Hamlets College and European Regional Development Fund (February 2011), Finalist at the Grampian Awards, for Business Enterprise Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in Aberdeen sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland (June 2010), Finalist for the iD International Emerging Designer Awards in Dunedin, New Zealand (April 2011), Finalist for Scottish Fashion Awards Retailer of the Year (June 2011), and recognized as a Finalist for the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of the Year Award in November 2010.
Bunmi Koko is currently stocked at Zoomp, Aberdeen, Scotland; Hyde Park Shopping Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa; Temple Muse, Lagos, Nigeria and Bunmi Koko online website.