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In 2020, Sam Mani and Sip Mounlath founded the online brand Bokeo. The women had known each other for over a decade through studying together. Discussing the apparent lack of beautifully designed and accessible clothes over coffee, it posed a question Sip and Sam set about providing the answer to.
Sam, with her established production knowledge, following many years with renowned fashion brands, and Sip with extensive business experience, identified an emerging trend: people are freeing themselves from feeling constrained by their clothes and aspire for flexible, all day clothing style to support their growing active lifestyle. Fast forward to covid; with the pandemic driving people to work from home, they focused their designs on garments with a relaxed fit, and moveable machine-washable fabrics.
Sam got to work on sourcing premium fabrics from international fabric houses and recruiting the best local machinists in the industry. Sip spent her time strategising the different aspects of the company in front of her laptop. During the first few months, their living room served as their studio as they worked together perfecting their pattern blocks and refining their designs. The company is growing, their dream of moving into their own dedicated studio is being fulfilled, and their ambitious dream is coming true: ‘Wear what moves you’ talks to a lifestyle of unbridled inspiration and the freedom to pursue your passions. It is the essence of their maiden fashion brand, a dedicated ecommerce store, now a reality.
“We want one outfit that gives us the freedom to go from a morning walk, to brunch, to an afternoon meeting” If 2020 taught us nothing else, it’s that people are craving flexibility and versatility more than ever, in mindset and garments alike.
ONCE HOME TO A MECHANIC WITH A PENCHANT FOR HOARDING, THE NEW STUDIO IS NOW A SPACE WHERE EXPERIMENTATION AND CREATIVITY THRIVE. NOT LIMITED TO STRICTLY WORK, IT’S A PLACE OF INSPIRATION FOR THE TEAM – SPLICED WITH CULINARY TREATS, FLOWERS AND TEXTURES TO FUEL IMAGINATION AND INNOVATION.