“coco and ilia” is the brainchild of Cortney “coco” Sims and Ilia Siegwald - fellow classmates who met while completing their fashion design degree at Stephens college. After constant collaboration in the classroom, Cortney and Ilia decided to start their own line to fill in the gaps that they saw in the fashion industry.

Focused on the empowerment of women through self-expression, and the inclusion of all body types, they are constantly inspired by stories of the past, present, and future. Blending their unique senses of design they create kitschy, bold, and rebellious garments that tell these unique stories.

They focus on experimentation with different texture combinations, unexpected use of textiles, and interesting silhouettes. They’ve been featured in a wide collection of podcasts, and local and digital magazines, and their more recent show was pre-pandemic at New York Fashion Week in 2018.