Here is an interesting interview with Niklas Ankar, featured on http://www.polkadot.it/
"Ankar is a Swedish based web shop that initially only sold cashmere with the idea of colors, the multitude of colors was the reason Ankar decided to sell directly to the final consumer offering more colors than any retailer would. Now Ankar has launched the East African Kikoy, a product originally and still worn as a sarong by the fishermen on the East African Coast of Kenya. The product fits well into the product line and idea of Ankar as they come in a huge range of colors from strong vibrant colors to dark and elegant. The Kikoys are worn as scarves brightening up the dark evenings of winter."
"We spoke to Ankar to get some more input":
Where did you find the Kikoys?
One of my oldest friends lives in Kenya since 25 years back. I have been visiting Kenya through the years and always brought back home kikoys. I love colors and saw the use could be elsewhere than only as a sarong. My fiancée wore them, as scarves and I really liked the idea.
How do you choose the colors?
The colors are traditional African colors, the scarves are woven in small factories in Kenya and we buy from their traditional line of colors. As with the cashmere sweaters we buy on a very regular basis allowing us to offer new colors on a regular basis.
Who is the buyer of a Kikoy?
Any one actually, kids from 15 years buy them, women and men from 25-65, any one can wear them. We have a lot of male customers in their mid 40’s that usually dress traditionally in suits, find the idea of brightening up their dress code with a kikoy is great. It is a perfect accessory for men.
Why have they become so popular?
There are a number of reasons, it is a product that is easy to buy and not very expensive, you can have several of them matching your clothes or even your mood. It is also a great gift instead of flowers when going to a dinner party for example, and they are irresistible in colors, it is like walking into to a candy store, it makes you happy to see the beautiful colors.
What is you next product to add on your website?
We will continue with our base of cashmere and kikoys and we are this spring launching Ankar Home. There will be a collection of products for your home for spring, again the base in kikoys and cashmere, double bed Kikoy bedspreads, Kikoy table cloths, Kikoy beach towels, cashmere plaids, cashmere cushion covers, there are many products we envision in Ankar Home.
The Taste of Savoy Holiday Shopping Event on December 18th. It will be held in Spanish Harlem at an adorable Bakery (recently featured in Daily Candy) called Savoy Bakery.
INSPECTOR CAPE, Luxury Merino Wool w/ Leather Trim and brass hardware, sold at Henri Bendel for $480 and available for only $200! Matching long leather cuff zipper gloves, normally priced at $145 are now only $70!
The most awesome legwarmers and spats you'll find with leather trim. You cannot walk more then two blocks without someone asking "where did you get those?" These beauties are normally priced between $108 and $138, but are now only $55-$75.
This is the perfect one stop shopping event for holiday gifts. There will be gorgeous jewelry lines, luxury knits, one of a kind hand bags, and handmade dolls by Christian Fastrup. It will not be the typical crazy shopping event. You can relax with a glass of wine and treat yourself to some wonderful appetizers, on the house!
FINAL NIGHT Party/sale on Tuesday 12/23, from 12:30-9:00- wine and cheese will be served! You are also welcome to come at another time other then the above hours and days if you call and schedule an appointment.
Avant Garde Marionette Inspired Black Silk Party Dress with Double Ruffle Collar
Victorian Steampunk Anatomical Medical Skeleton Cameo Corset
Find these designs and more on the Louise Black Etsy shop.
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Debbie Bliss kicks off 3-day "Super GET FREE YARN Event"
In honor of Debbie's visit we are offering 15% off all Debbie Bliss yarns and books Friday December 5 through Sunday December 7.
Plus we are giving away five signed copies of some of Debbie's bestsellers when you attend the event on Friday...don't forget to stop by from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm Dec 5 (She will talk about her yarns, her patterns, and show garments made from her newest books. She'll be available to sign books and talk about some special techniques.)
Better yet when you make a purchase the ENTIRE yarn inventory is 10% off all three days...Everything from Peruvian wools to Italian cashmeres and special hand dyed yarns.
Better still during the three day event 6 lucky people will be chosen at random to get their ENTIRE PURCHASE FOR FREE.
* this sale is not to be combined with frequent knitter card offer andalready marked down sale items
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