COHERE and THERE is the heartchild of Jo Blakely. Jo was born, raised, and inspired in the very multicultural city of Toronto, Canada. Coming from family filled with fashion and interior designers, her work always included beautifully detailed textiles and patterns. She is excited to expand on this today with the COHERE and THERE Lifestyle collection designed especially for frequent travelers, digital nomads and fly minimalists. Designed with love for the earth in mind, we make all our product to order and ship directly to you eliminating a lot of waste, energy, and pollution. We design our collection to coordinate and create capsule collections that are fun and multipurpose, helping you to buy fashion conscious, conscious fashion. It seems odd creating a product to reduce consumerism, but people need clothes, and these new business models can help reduce the waste that the industry has made over the past 50 or so years. We are a #slowfashion #sustainablefashion model and have registered as a Benefit Corporation. Care for the earth we love to explore is written into the DNA of our brand.
After graduating top of her class at L'ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Jo started designing for licensees while working as a designer at Pierre Cardin in Paris, as well as working on his haute-couture and RTW collections.
She continued to work in the industry designing fashion and custom prints for a number of brands and developed private label for major department stores and luxury brands for many years. Jo has worked as both licensee and licensor and brings nearly 30 years experience to the launch of her own brand. As creative director of her own company and others, she began developing logos and brands for businesses, licensed merchandise for major music and children's entertainment brands.
In addition to COHERE and THERE, Jo also has a developing career writing and illustrating children's books at littlejolit.com Designs for children's wear are sure to come. Her award-winning illustration work is in the permanent collection of one of the largest museums in Shanghai. She is also a fine artist and recent podcaster with her podcast I Have A Theory that explores intersections between physics, metaphysics, religion, consciousness and being. Art created for the podcast episodes is available as prints here in the shop. You can listen here.
To read an inspiring story about Jo and how she came up with the idea for COHERE and THERE check out this page.