What is IVKO and who is the IVKO woman?
Ivko knits are designed with the traveling women in mind. Made from all natural fibers; cotton, linen, silk, wool ... they breathe, they keep you warm and they are easy to love.
The inspirations for their collections are Russian folklore, Moroccan tiles, hand-painted houses in Greece, and of course flowers, flowers, flowers! This year stripes play a big role in multicolor layering combined with art deco roses and traditional arabesque lines. There are items styled for the dramatic woman; bright colors on a black base, and there are softer more nature-inspired palettes of brown, beige and taupe.
The magic of Ivko, is that there is something for everyone. There are dresses for wearing to the beach in Miami, and there are coats to wear to the opera in New York. But best of all, there are practical sweaters for the schoolteacher, the artist and the yoga instructor.
How do you choose?
You can start with your personal palette. Your hair, your eyes, your skin; If you are fair with blue eyes, choose a sweater that has bright sunshiny colors and an accent of blue. If you are a red-head you can always wear the greens, turquoises and earth tones. If you have dark hair, be it brown or black, you can choose a more dramatic palette of bright colors on a dark base, or jewel tones. If you have tanned or dark skin, you can wear loud lively colors that shout out to the world your joy for life.
Body type. If you are tall, you will love the drapey Ivko cardigans and the coats they have to offer. If you have large breasts, or a tummy you would prefer to camouflage, the vests and open cardigans are very flattering. The skirts also double as a poncho in many cases (this is not official, but I have been wearing Ivko skirts like this for years!) If you are petite, Ivko makes nice cardigans and crop jackets, that often pair with a matching skirt making spectacular suits.
What do you love? What do you need?
These are not always the same thing and both are valid reasons for making a purchase. I like to start with what do you need? Do you need and everyday cardigan to jazz up your life? Can you choose a piece that all your friends will know is yours because you wear it so often? Do you need a new dress or tunic for special occasions, a trip or a job interview? If you want to get noticed, Ivko is the way to do it!
What do you love? Do you love the bright colors and wild motifs? Follow your heart and make sure you choose the first piece you fell for; the first love is often the one we come back to after hours of agonizing indecision. If you love something, and you know you want it, you are best to get it RIGHT AWAY! We do not have an unlimited supply and we cannot re-order. You have one chance and it is sitting here in front of you to buy a piece of art that you can wear for many years to come. You can pass it on to you daughter and granddaughter if you don't wear it threadbare yourself. The quality is high and the styling is timeless.
Giving Ivko as a gift.
Ivko makes a great gift because it is extremely unique and special. Make sure you check the size of the clothing being worn by the woman you want to gift; and it is best to check the size on a few pieces that are more fitted than loose. Next, think about who they are and what she would like. Try to concentrate on her, close your eyes and then look at the pictures of the styles available. Make your choice intuitively and with love in your heart.
Sharing your love of IVKO.
The more your share this store with others, the more I will be able to increase my inventory and selection, so don't keep this secret to yourselves. If someone stops you in the street and asks where you got your coat, please take a second to pass on the information, one Ivko lover to another.