Established in 2009, SAAKO Design is a Barcelona-based brand that produces stylish accessories made from re-usable fabrics.
The accessory line has enjoyed rapid success - since national features in the Daily Candy and the TODAY Show, SAAKO immediately attracted buyer’s worldwide and publications like VOGUE. Sold in over 200 stores in 20 countries worldwide, including the MOMA, URBAN OUTFITTERS, Tate, V&A Museum and Opening Ceremony.
Two award-winning graphic designers, Inês Brito and Joana Gouveia reinvented an old Portuguese industry by ‘Re-Using’ the excess fabrics into beautiful, designer necklaces. Near their native town, garment factories produce and cut the fabrics use in many of Europe’s largest fashion houses. The material is only available in limited supply. Therefore, a customer of SAAKO can be assured that their necklace is unique and not mass produced. Their pieces are animated and ever changing. They are tactile and earthy; vibrant; Mediterranean, and beg to be touched. Each necklace is designed by the duo and handmade by a tightly knit production team.
As Saako’s popularity grew, so did the demands of expanding a business. Ines and Joana needed to focus on their design talents. The team became global and added American, Oakley Johnson and Spanish native, Ana Capel. While residing in Barcelona, Oakley obtained his MBA and worked in e-commerce. The Saako girls brought him on board to manage operations and growth.
In November, 2013 - SAAKO was accepted to the infamous RUNWAY incubator, located at the TWITTER HQ in San Francisco, CA. Runway not only provides an amazing work space and showroom facility for SAAKO - it also offers strategic introductions to Fortune 500 companies, inspiring events and daily office hours with investors.
Hailing from Barcelona, Ana was recruited to grow Saako’s brand and sales in Europe. She’s a professional art-director and stylist with wonderful knowledge of European styles and trends.