Vakko is expanding beyond leathers to include fabrics for all seasons.
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Spring is in the air at Vakko. The New York-based contemporary suede and leather sportswear and outerwear firm is launching its first ever spring collection, for both its Vakko and Elements by Vakko labels. With the addition of a second season, the company is expanding beyond its traditional fall suede and leather offerings to include other fabrics.
The Vakko line includes items such as a fitted, hand-brushed suede blazer with front hemp-tie, a cropped crocheted halter top and linen separates with fringe and suede detailing.
Elements, which targets a younger, more trend-driven market, is showing items such as natural crinkle-suede culottes trimmed with lace, a stone-washed denim jacket with brushed suede panels and whipstitch detailing, canvas twill with leather-trim separates, and serpentine hand-painted suede bodies and bottoms.
The initial spring collection, which debuted at market in August, included 48 styles for Vakko and 37 styles for Elements. But in response to the positive feedback the collection received, an additional six groups were produced in time for Fashion Coterie, held in New York in September. Twenty eight styles or three new groups — a denim group, a white eyelet group and a silk-chiffon with woven leather trim group — were added to the Vakko line. For Elements, a prairie-inspired cotton group and denim and poplin groups were added, increasing the number of pieces in the line by 26.
Vakko’s current retail accounts for both lines include Tootsies, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. At the Dallas Apparel Mart, the lines are shown by Donald Reeves in room 4B27.
Wholesale prices for the Vakko line range from $40 for a white rayon-jersey camisole with embroidered-suede trim to $225 for a hand-crocheted suede cardigan. For Elements, prices range from $35 for suede-trimmed T-shirts to $225 for a brushed-suede and hand-painted suede tunic with bell cuffs.
Principal owner and senior designer Sal Zagzay founded Vakko nearly 30 years ago, after moving to New York from Turkey.
With the addition of the spring lines, Vakko president Joel Kronfeld projects the company’s volume, including sales from its private-label business, to reach $25 million by next year, up from this year’s $15 million.