Minika Ko is a fashion designer based in New York City. She is the founder and designer of her eponymous company, Minika Ko LLC. Her high performance ready-to-wear line, KOVASKY, combines high fashion with cutting-edge textiles to create a wardrobe capable of keeping up with the modern power woman. Her atelier also creates one-of-a-kind custom designs for private clients, ranging from individuals to organizations.
Minika vividly recalls her childhood spent traveling with her mother and grandmother, who were both self-made entrepreneurs. She watched as they juggled family and business obligations, yet still managed to remain infallibly stylish. Taking inspiration from these strong female figures, Minika grew up to become a designer making clothing for women to kick ass fashionably. She has worked as a designer in France, Taipei, and Los Angeles, before finally calling New York City her home. Minika brings her global experiences to the world of fashion, designing with adventurers in mind — the ambitious, independent, modern woman. Inspired by the heroine in every woman, her designs exude confident femininity and channel courage and passion.
A pioneer in merging high-tech fabrics and fine tailoring, Minika created KOVASKY, a high performance ready-to-wear line, to serve the woman on the go. The first KOVASKY collection was debuted on the runway during the New York Fashion Week in September 2016. The collection offered wrinkle-resistant business attire and formal wear, weather-proof trench coats, and water-repellent white suits and dresses. Minika continued to develop the “high fashion and low maintenance” concept and presented an addition to the KOVASKY collection in her following show at New York Fashion Week in February 2017. The full house runway presentation represented a leap forward for Minika, showcasing the growth of her brand while remaining true to the essence of her mission to provide high performance, easy care clothing for women. After two years of development, KOVASKY was launched as a full ready-to-wear clothing line for retail at New York Fashion Week in 2018. The brand'’s 2019 New York Fashion Week runway was sponsored by the LA Fashion Magazine in the Soho Penthouse in Manhattan.
As a social entrepreneur, Minika created the KOllision fashion show in support of charity through collaborations of fashion, arts, and technology. The first KOllision was debuted in September 2017 as a part of New York Fashion Week to raise funding for the local soup kitchen. The show opened with an art exhibition, featuring mixed media artists. Peiju Chien-Pott, the principle dancer of the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company, performed on the runway with dance improvisation to showcase the flexibility of the KOVASKY clothing. The fashion show were accompanied by live musicians playing original compositions by Ben Cockerham.
The second KOllision was on March 9th, 2019 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The event was a collaborative fashion show that envisions the future of female power through fashion, technology, and art. In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, artists across all mediums showcased their creations with Minika Ko’s KOVASKY collection as a canvas. The event was emceed by refugee turned supermodel, Mari Malek. The event’s fundraising goal was to support Malek’s Stand for Education #nopadnoschool campaign and to supply 1000 girls in South Sudan with sustainable and reusable menstrual hygiene products.
Minika treats her work as a wearable art form. This philosophy is most clearly shown in her custom work. Minika’s atelier designs bespoke formal wear and gowns, theater costumes, dance wear, and one-of-a-kind pieces for art exhibitions.