Madlen Lecoutré and Isabelle Mbarga are the masterminds of the Berlin-based fashion label MANIKÓ, that was founded at the beginning of 2010.
They get to know each other during their studies at the famous HTW in Berlin. By completing several internships with well-established designers plus finishing a semester abroad at the „University College for the Creative Arts“ in England acquired further qualifications. Due to all these valuable experiences and positive feedbacks, both of them ventured the step of constituting their own small business within a few months.
Independent of fancy Berlin-Mitte, they develop high-quality, sophisticated fashion which interprets classical cuts in a modern way. Unaffected by current trends, the young designers stick to their individual style: clear lines, spacious silhouettes, unlimited combination possibilities but always according to wearability.
Soft and smooth materials like silk, wool, chiffon and leather characterize the feminine, nonchalant chic and serve as an inspiration for new designs. Mbarga and Lecoutré emphasize the brand ‘Made in Germany'.
2011 MANIKÓ was nominated for the 'Ramazzotti Fashion Award' and the 'Evoque Fashion Award'. In February 2012 the label was qualified for the top 10 of 'Vogue Talents'.