Category: Notes from Janan

Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs

First One In, Last One Out: In the Shoes of an Entrepreneur Written by Janan Leo, Founder & Creative Director of Cocorose London I’m often asked about how and why I set up Cocorose London and what it’s like running my own business. As an entrepreneur in the fashion industry, the glamour and glitz often […]

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Bunions and Comfort. Fashion’s Swear Words.

First One In, Last One Out: In the Shoes of an Entrepreneur Written by Janan Leo, Founder & Creative Director of Cocorose London I’m often asked about how and why I set up Cocorose London and what it’s like running my own business. As an entrepreneur in the fashion industry, the glamour and glitz often […]

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Does Size Really Matter and Social Marketing versus Social Listening

First One In, Last One Out: In the Shoes of an Entrepreneur Written by Janan Leo, Founder & Creative Director of Cocorose London I’m often asked about how and why I set up Cocorose London and what it’s like running my own business. As an entrepreneur in the fashion industry, the glamour and glitz often […]

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My Trip to the Milan Expo with PM David Cameron

First One In, Last One Out: In the Shoes of an Entrepreneur Written by Janan Leo, Founder & Creative Director of Cocorose London I’m often asked about how and why I set up Cocorose London and what it’s like running my own business. As an entrepreneur in the fashion industry, the glamour and glitz often […]

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A New Year, 2 New Seasons

First One In, Last One Out: In the Shoes of an Entrepreneur Written by Janan Leo, Founder & Creative Director of Cocorose London I’m often asked about how and why I set up Cocorose London and what it’s like running my own business. As an entrepreneur in the fashion industry, the glamour and glitz often […]

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The BAFTA 2016 Nominations

First One In, Last One Out: In the Shoes of an Entrepreneur Written by Janan Leo, Founder & Creative Director of Cocorose London I’m often asked about how and why I set up Cocorose London and what it’s like running my own business. As an entrepreneur in the fashion industry, the glamour and glitz often […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever

The sun has well and truly made an appearance in London this weekend and what better way to spend a sunny Sunday morning than heading off to the wide open fields and picking our own strawberries! We went to Parkside Farm where there is an abundance of fruit and veg, and you can wander the […]

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‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’

This was one of the tunes that Pete Molinari belted out at the Jazz Cafe last Friday evening and we absolutely loved him even more for it! Walk a mile in our Cocoroses we say! So, our verdict for the evening, having Cocorosed our way over to Camden, is this… Lovely people Amazing music, … […]

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Christmas Dinner and Boxing Day in the Cotswolds

Happy Christmas everyone. I hope you too had a lovely holiday with friends and family and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year! xx   Janan Leo, Founder & Creative Director of Cocorose London, www.cocoroselondon.com

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Today I’m Wearing…

Heading out today on the photoshoot for London Unfolded, I chose to wear a striking blue feathered headband paired with my olive silk and black mesh dress which I designed myself and which I love as it’s so versatile and looks great with my Classic Elegance Cocorose ballet pumps. As it was going to be a […]

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Michelle Obama Makes British Shoe Designer’s Day

Janan Leo, the 31-year-old Founder and Creative Director of British foldable ballet shoe brand Cocorose London, is thrilled that Michelle Obama has accepted,  as a personal gift, a pair of Cocorose London Classic Elegance luxury leather foldable ballet pumps with signature travel purse. “It is a huge, personal honour for me that Mrs Obama has […]

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Cocorose London AW12 Collection…First Look!

Like the busy elves from the Grimm’s brothers ‘The Shoemaker and the Elves’, team Cocorose have been working through the night to get our AW12 Collection ready for the new season.  And as we’re very close to our launch date, it’s with great excitment and great pleasure that the Cocorose elves provide you with a first look into our NEW collections. We’re very proud to raise […]

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Flash Quiz: Why do we wear high heels?

Here’s a flash quiz for you…Question: Why do we wear high heels? Is it: A.) Because we want to look and feel like a million dollars. B.) Because flats just won’t do with that knock-out dress. C.) Because we want to be taller. The answer? Well of course it could quite easily be all three but […]

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Cocorose London On Location in Thailand!

This has been a long time coming but I’m still extremely excited to share with you some “behind-the-scenes” moments during our new AW12 collection photoshoot… on location in Thailand! Having spent a good half of 2011 designing and working on the new AW12 collection, I couldn’t think of a more suitable place to capture the […]

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Cocorosing It in China Part II

I couldn’t leave China this time without taking a few snaps of what has got to be one of the busiest stations in the world. Or at least that I’ve ever been to…   Having been away for just over 1 month, it feels good to be returning to some form of “normality” and getting […]

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Interview with Director Magazine

A couple of months ago, I was invited to talk at the Institute of Directors (IoD) about Cocorose London and our export market. In a huge room with over 100 people, it was a little daunting, but it became clear that the individuals attending were genuinely interested in what SMEs (that’s small and medium sized […]

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Cocorosing It in China…

I’ve spent the last three days Cocorosing my way around China and our workshops. We’re in full swing for our SS12 production, starting with our Classic Elegance Leather collection, so I’ve been spending most of my time in this workshop. The collection is coming along beautifully and I’m also now keeping very busy designing and […]

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Fashion Dispensary

The other day we visited the beautiful Cotswold market town of Tetbury and dropped in on the fabulous boutique Fashion Dispensary. Charming, quirky and unlike any other boutique, this is what makes shopping so exciting and a real treat! Fashion Dispensary is located on the ground floor of a 17th century Cotswold wool merchant town […]

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Cocorosing It to The Royal Opera House New Season Launch

On Tuesday evening, Team Cocorose were delighted to attend the Royal Opera House Season Launch held at the magnificent Royal Opera House in Covent Garden London. The entertainment from members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, dancers of The Royal Ballet and the Jette Parker Young Artists was sensational and left us with […]

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Supporting Local

Yesterday we pottered our way all across London Town to the leafy suburbs of Richmond and Twickenham and there, we chanced across the Twickenham Farmers Market which takes place every Saturday. We couldn’t resist buying some of the local produce which included some really yummy lemon sponge cake, a few mini quiches and some locally grown […]

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Cocorosing It in Las Vegas, USA

That’s right, last week Team Cocorose headed across the pond and a bit beyond to Las Vegas, to debut our new collections and launch Cocorose London in USA. We previewed our beautiful new ranges of our foldable ballet pumps, including our Diffusion, Classic Elegance Leather and Luxury Heritage Made in England collections at FN Platform, the shoe […]

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Barbeque Season!

I love August. Not just because it’s my month, but because it signifies high summer and, best of all, brings back memories of not having to go to school yay! August is also picnic and barbeque season which is so much fun when friends and family gather together and share an afternoon of eating, drinking and […]

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Harry Potter at BAFTA HQ

Just a couple of days ago we had the pleasure of being invited to BAFTA HQ at 195 Piccadilly in London for a special screening of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II. What an evening it was! BAFTA totally excelled and spoiled us; the venue was superb and they managed it to perfection, […]

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Yesterday I Cocorosed It in Melbourne (again!)…

Most of my clothes and accessories have a story to tell, and I love remembering bits of the stories as I root around in my wardrobe and pick out something to wear. This skirt that I’m wearing, for example, reminds me of my very first trip to New York City with my good friend Bean. […]

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Yesterday I Cocorosed It in Roma…

Day 6 of the Cocorose Challenge and what a fab day out in London Town we had yesterday! We had been wanting to visit the British Museum’s exhibition about Afghanistan for quite some time and so were over the moon to hear it had been extended until the 17th of July. I chose a casual outfit for the […]

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Yesterday I Cocorosed It in Melbourne…

Day 5 of me Cocorosing It and yesterday, I chose the gorgeous Melbourne Sensation foldable ballet pumps to add a shot of “vintage-chic” colour to my black and white, monochrome outfit. I love the slightly muted, ice-cream colour shades of Cocorose’s Sensation range and the Melbourne Sensation doesn’t disappoint, with its creamy, pale kiwi colour […]

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Today I Cocorosed It with Grace…

Aaah, I’ve missed a day already and it was only Day 4 yesterday! Still, we carry on and so today, I Cocorosed It with Grace; so patent, shiny and chic! Here I am in yet another LBD but this time, layered with a white shirt and my trusty black leggings and accessorised with Cocorose’s Grace folding shoes, my favourite […]

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Yesterday I Cocorosed It in Cannes…

Day 3… It was quite a warm day yesterday and so I chose a cute LBD and decided to jazz it up with some oversized sunnies and my Cocorose Cannes Panache folding shoes. I love the little gold toe cap on these ballerinas, as it adds just the right amount of glam and, dare I say […]

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Yesterday I Cocorosed It with the Stars

So, day 2 of my challenge… Here I am in the Shoedoir, hard at work on Facebook and sipping my cup of tea! I had a pretty casual day yesterday and so chose to wear a basic white shirt and my favourite jeans, accessorised with a fun hat and my gorgeous Cocorose foldable ballet pumps that I designed exclusively […]

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Yesterday I Cocorosed It in Manhattan…

I’ve decided to set myself a little challenge and in the name of “What Katie Wore Next”, shall be capturing myself over the space of 1 week wearing my Cocorose foldable ballet pumps. Yesterday I Cocorosed It in my monochrome, totally chic and edgy Manhattan Panache folding shoes. I was making a live appearance on […]

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Smashbox

Now then, as a makeup novice, and one that prefers to go au natural (on the face, that is!), I need all the help I can get. In preparation for my keynote speech at the prestigious Institute of Directors yesterday and for my exciting TV appearance that I’m gearing up for in the next few […]

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Legally Blonde The Musical at The Savoy Theatre

On Thursday evening, Team Cocorose headed off to The Savoy Theatre in central London to watch the musical of 2011… Winner of 7 awards in London, including the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award and Whatsonstage Award for Best New Musical, Legally Blonde is the award-winning sensation that has taken the West End by storm! I must admit, I wasn’t too […]

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Meet Cocorose Founder Janan Leo

Sheryl Simms of www.byoutifulyou.com meets Cocorose London founder Janan Leo and talks shoes, shop and setting up your own business…! and of course… don’t forget to enter Byoutifulyou and Cocorose London’s competition to win a pair of the glamorous Cannes Panache folding shoes!

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The Glamourous Lady Next Door

“Shoe survey reveals women continue to fall for killer heels”, writes the latest issue of Footwear Today magazine. Apparently, a good pair of heels can send a lady’s heart rate soaring to 120 beats per minute, according to Saga who conducted the survey. Isn’t that pretty comparable to a pounding heart that’s just fallen in love?! And, […]

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The World of Frasier Krane

Frasier is a favourite in Cocorose Towers and recently, I had a little taste of the live radio world of Frasier Krane. I had a wonderful chat with Hannah Murray on Talk Radio Europe, Spain’s largest English speaking radio channel, just a couple days before the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2011. Hannah wanted to know about […]

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