conversation with darla

Q What inspired you to start a business?

Working tirelessly for someone else.

Q What do you think women have the most trouble with concerning style/getting dressed?

A  Investment pieces- Women often walk away from pieces they love and would wear over and over again in favor of a lesser piece that often makes its way to the back of the closet.

Q What are your inspirations for trends/buying/style?

A  I’m a big believer in adapting a trend to fit age and lifestyle. 

Q Style philosophy?

My personal style isn’t fussy- rich colors and soft textures- visually interesting, but not difficult to wear.

Q Favorite designer?

Too many to choose, however, Isda Funari and Chan Luu are among my favorites.

Q What would you have done if not in the fashion biz?

Anything to be surrounded by beauty.

Q  Favorite color/s?

Garnet, persimmon, charcoal, espresso, & all things metallic

Q What is your biggest luxury in life (i.e. time, travel, family)?

A  Hotels, any chance I get.  I am content to nap in a bed filled with down pillows.  Grand hotels are an inspiration to me.

Q What do you personally like to buy most (for yourself or others)?

I really enjoy buying scarves. Cashmere/silk blends are my favorites and they make great gifts!

Q What are you most proud of?

My daughter, my marriage and myself. I am not lucky (I’ve worked very hard), but I have been blessed.

The story of Koze

I began Koze in 2005 after moving to Tiburon with my husband. One evening after a full day of house hunting, we attended a popular community event known as Friday Nights On Main. As we dined al fresco, I noticed an empty storefront. I walked over and pressed my nose against the window – it was the perfect location! The next morning I polished my business plan and not long after Koze was born.

After 15 years of working for others, I took the biggest step of my career.  Koze opened December 2005 and I haven’t looked back since. Some things are meant to be.