Coco Riko is a new and exciting beach and loungewear brand based in Ibiza, arriving here in 2011 the head designer and founder Hayley Wheatley is currently pulling together her 2014 collections. Her creations are not only produced on the island but she is also dedicated to tailoring her label towards the stylish grace of women in Ibiza. We caught up with her today in her studio to find out more about how she started, what she thinks of life being a designer in Ibiza and what we can expect from her in the future.
Hi Hayley, we LOVE what you do. Can you tell us more about how you started on Ibiza?
Thank you, that’s always lovely to hear! I moved to the Island 3 years ago now, after 10 years of visiting here on holiday. I fell in love with the Island and had to find a way of making it my home!
I worked as a Lingerie & Swimwear Designer for over 10 years in London & Barcelona for a mixture of well known luxury brands & High St Stores. I loved my job, but there came a time when I realised I wanted something more, a new challenge, a change in lifestyle and to create something that was 100% me. It was only natural to combine my love of Ibiza and design and make the move and what better place to set up a new beachwear brand than THE place where you have to look fabulous on the beach.
We love Coco Riko Ibiza
Tell me more about the brand.
I wanted to create a high-end beautiful brand with a bit of edge that, encapsulates the fun and frivolousness of Ibiza along with its appreciation of style and quality. The brand focuses on key beach & loungewear shapes in a mixture of stunning prints and beautiful brights. Everything is combined together 100% silk to create the essential Ibiza statement. What makes Coco Riko so special is that each piece is designed and hand-made here on the Island.?
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! Although the Island itself inspires me hugely, from the beautiful countryside to the graffiti walls, little old churches to bustling markets, orange trees, hippies, parades and most of all, my favourite past-time, people-watching (both the creatively outrageous and atrocious!). One of the things i love about Ibiza, if you are going to wear it anywhere (and get away with it).. you have to wear it here!
Tell us more about your 2014 collection
I am super excited about Spring Summer 2014. The collection itself, think statement print, animal and bright florals finished with neon pink fringing across a selection of kaftans, maxi dresses & kimonos.
Where can we find you?
Coco Riko Spring Summer 2014 will be available from May. This year we will be stocked in various beach boutiques in Ibiza tbc, so watch this space! You can of course find out more about the brand and buy online at www.coco-riko.com fb. & twitter: cocorikoibiza