Aug 16, 2013
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Line We Love: Alexandre Birman

Once upon a time, we were strictly a specialty shoe store. We carried the latest and greatest shoes, the hottest designers, and the undiscovered talents. Fast forward 20 years.  We’ve expanded, grown and fallen totally in love with ready-to-wear, handbags, and jewelry as well. But deep down, our passion for amazing footwear has never waned.

We love to bring in amazing, talented designers! (And, really, there’s nothing like a gorgeous, well-crafted heel, right?) Alexandre Birman, is one of our favorite shoe designers and a celeb fave, award winning, mega-talent. His shoes have walked the red carpet on the feet of celebrity It Girls like Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, and Gisele Bundchen among others.

His gorgeous shoes are the epitome of feminine sophistication; incorporating luxury materials and exotic skins. Really, the shoes are just SEXY.

So a bit of Fashion Industry 101: in addition to his namesake Alexandre Birman line, what started as a family business has now  transformed itself into a solid portfolio of renowned brands including- Arezzo and Schutz, which we carry in-stores. (and are definitely two of our favorite brands… ever.)

Basically, he’s a fashion industry powerhouse and we’re obsessed. And really, with shoes this amazing, it’s hard NOT to be! So what do you think? Do you love his style? Check out some of our fave shoes by Alexandre Birman!

SHOP:

http://www.kokopalenki.com/shop-by-designer/?Alexandre-Birman/

http://www.kokopalenki.com/shop-by-designer/?Arezzo/

http://www.kokopalenki.com/shop-by-designer/?Schutz/

Aug 1, 2013
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FOUND: The Perfect Jean

The search for the perfect pair of jeans is never ending… and oftentimes frustrating. We’re always combing the market for denim that makes your butt look great, legs look long, and you feel sexy.  And we’ve found the denim Holy Grail. J. Brand Photoready jeans are the answer to our prayers! Dubbed “photoshop jeans”, these stretchy skinnies make you look like trim and toned in all the right places. The cotton-lycra blend is totally comfy, won’t ever sag, and will basically make your butt look like a supermodel’s.

We just got in this ah-mazing style, with a super cool sidetuck detail. Total #musthave. Try them on, they’ll change your life.

Have you tried the Photoready jean? What did you think? What’s YOUR perfect jean?

SHOP:

http://www.kokopalenki.com/jbrand-40244/

Jul 12, 2013
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The Leather Look

Miami…is hot.  (That’s not exactly a newsflash!) The weather in South Florida is both a blessing and a curse. The downside to living in a tropical paradise is that we sometimes have to sacrifice rocking some of the cooler cold-weather trends. (Plus side? We get to wear bikinis in January!)

Luckily, warm-weather leather is a trend that’s really blown up the past few seasons, and fashionable Miamians have been quick to adopt it. Some days, though, even warm-weather leather is TOO much.

Enter coated denim; the perfect solution to getting the sexy look of leather on those sultry Miami nights.

We recently got in the JBrand ‘Tabitha’ coated denim moto pant… and we’re obsessed! The perfect way to channel your inner-bad girl while still keep cool, the J Brand ‘Tabitha’ is super versatile, and the perfect piece to add to your denim roster. Whether paired with a cool, slouchy tee, dressed up with a little chic blazer, or worn with a sexy going out top, the coated moto pant is a great closet staple you absolutely NEED in your closet.

SHOP: JBrand Tabitha: http://www.kokopalenki.com/jbrand-40225

Jul 5, 2013
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Line We Love: Derek Lam

We have some really, really exciting news. We’re now carrying Derek Lam! Every now and then, we’ll pick up a really cool designer we love, and can’t WAIT to tell you about. Fashion heavy-hitter Derek Lam? Definitely major.

Lam’s line is the epitome of chic. Known for creating luxurious yet wearable clothing and accessories that are both feminine yet powerful, the line is chock full of timeless pieces that fit into any woman’s wardrobe.

Loved by the fashion elite as much as by Hollywood’s It Girls, he won the CFDA Perry Ellis-Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear in 2005, and was a winner of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Prize in 2005. In 2007, he won Accessory Designer of the Year at the 2007 CFDA Awards. His designs have been rocked by some of the most glamorous women in the world and have been on countless red carpets.

Basically, we’re psyched. Check out the new arrivals from Derek Lam and let us know… what’s your fave style?


SHOP:

http://www.kokopalenki.com/derek-lam-40140

http://www.kokopalenki.com/derek-lam-40144

http://www.kokopalenki.com/derek-lam-40143

http://www.kokopalenki.com/derek-lam-40142/

Jul 2, 2013
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Fashionably Conscious 2013

We love a good fashion party. We REALLY love a good cause.  Give us the chance to combine the two and we’re all over it! At Koko, we always try to integrate fashion and philanthropy whenever we have the opportunity. Last week we had the chance to participate in a truly great charity, Fashionably Conscious.

Fashionably Conscious is a fashion fundraising sale, offering donated luxury-brand clothing and accessories from the most coveted closets in Miami. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center, which offers free after-school and summer programs for over 250 children in the West Grove. (For more info on Fashionably Conscious and how to get involved, check them out: http://fashionablyconscious.org)

Thursday, June 27th we held the very first Collection Party of the year at our Merrick Park store. The lovely Kelly Saks of Kelly’s Kloset (who we are totally crazy about, by the way!) hosted the event. Our friends at Champagne Nicolas Feiullatte provided some delish sips and Miami’s most fashionable ladies stopped by to shop and donate. Ocean Drive Magazine stopped by to interview Fashionably Conscious chairwoman, Annette Lopez, and took some snaps that will appear in an upcoming issue. (Stay tuned!)

Want to donate? We’re a permanent collection site until September 19th! Stop by our Merrick Park store and drop off your gently used designer goods.


Koko & Palenki owners Justin and Pamela Garcia pose with Fashionably Conscious chairwoman, Annette Lopez

Pamela Garcia and Kelly Saks

Blogger Kelly Saks of Kelly's Kloset hosted the event

Liza Walton

Jun 27, 2013
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Trend Alert: Camo

Sometimes trends come around that you may, at first, balk at adopting. We get it. Camo has long been associated with hunting lodges and hillbilly hoedowns, but this season, we’re embracing the camo trend that’s been spotted everywhere from the runways to the red carpet. Hollywood’s chicest starlets are embracing the trend, and we’re totally on board! The surprising thing about camo is how versatile it is! Keep it fresh with pops of neon accents, give it a cool edge with leather separates or keep it classic paired with a crisp dark denim. Still nervous? Take it slow and dip your toe in the trend pool with a camo accessory like a scarf or our super cool Ash wedge sneaker. What do you think? Are you going to try the trend? How will you rock it?

SHOP:

BLOUSE: http://www.kokopalenki.com/equipment-40079

SHORTS: http://www.kokopalenki.com/haute-hippie-40554

SNEAKER WEDGE: http://www.kokopalenki.com/ash-39083

OLIVE BLOUSE: http://www.kokopalenki.com/haute-hippie-40553/

Jun 12, 2013
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What to Wear: Father’s Day Weekend

Father’s Day is this weekend, and obviously, that means a whole lot of brunches, barbeques and dinners will be going on. We know you want to look cute to celebrate Dad, and we have the perfect suggestions on what to wear to your family get together! See below and then tell us: What are YOU planning on wearing this weekend?

1. A breezy maxi dress.
It’s no secret we love a maxi dress. They’re cute, comfortable and easy to grab and go!
Pair with: a flat sandal or wedge.
DRESS: http://www.kokopalenki.com/parker-39460

2. A glamorous jumpsuit.
Like a maxi dress, a jumpsuit is another one-piece wonder that’s insanely chic. Dress it up, dress it down, it’s the perfect day-to-night piece.
Pair it with: a wedge or flat sandal for day, a sexy heel for night. Super versatile!
JUMPSUIT:
http://www.kokopalenki.com/karina-grimaldi-40002

3. A flirty skirt and an easy top.
Polished, yet stylish.
Pair it with: a cool wedge or a strappy heel.
TOP: http://www.kokopalenki.com/parker-39457
SKIRT:  http://www.kokopalenki.com/parker-40831

4. A silky blouse and a great jean.
The ultimate weekend uniform, you can dress it up with heels and jewels or dress it down with a wedge or a casual pump.
Pair it with: a sleek pump or a casual flat sandal
BLOUSE: http://www.kokopalenki.com/haute-hippie-39443
JEAN: http://www.kokopalenki.com/7-for-all-mankind-40115
5. Ettika Bracelets (available in stores)
6. OrYany: http://www.kokopalenki.com/oryany-39293
7. Available in stores
8. DV Dolce Vita http://www.kokopalenki.com/dolce-vita-39188
9. B Brian Atwood: http://www.kokopalenki.com/b-brian-atwood-3909
10. Giuseppe Zanotti http://www.kokopalenki.com/giuseppe-zanotti-38959

About Koko & Palenki

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Koko & Palenki is a Miami staple with 3 boutique locations. Carrying some of the most coveted brands like B Brian Atwood, Herve Leger, McQ by Alexander McQueen, and Giuseppe Zanotti, the Koko girl is always fashion-forward and on-trend. With ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry and shoes, Koko & Palenki is a one-stop destination for all of the latest trends and hottest labels.

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