Month: November 2007

Karine in the business section of the Evening Post

Evening Post – Business sectionEuropean designer products website BODIE and FOU has attracted countless plaudits in the years since it was set up. Karine Kong, who launched it, attributes its success to the quality of the household goods and furnishings on offer. She said: “The media loves to write about our products. Many of our ranges you simply cannot get anywhere in the UK.” But building this media interest is also the result of considerable hard work. When she launched her site, Karine invested considerable time in meeting and briefing journalists, showing them products and buidling relationships. The result has been a cascade of free media exposure that has firmly established BODIE and FOU in the contemporary interiors market. Between the first and second years, turnover leapt by 180 per cent. The company, based at the Paintworks in Bath road, Arnos Vale, is continuing to build sales strongly. Karine launched BODIE and FOU with her sister Elodie following a 15-year career in marketing. “It was when I had a baby that I decided to change …

Nice write up in the evening standard

Design-savvy women are creating a new wave of websites crammed with original interiors ideas, says Barbara Chandler.Meet today’s web entrepreneurs. Savvy and self-confident, they are the brains behind a host of design-led sites. Between them, they have accumulated treasures not available elsewhere. Their sophisticated virtual shops are great for present-hunting and original home interiors ideas throughout the year.Bodie and Fou is run by a pair of French sisters, Elodie & Karine Kong, who have given the business their family nicknames. A blog on their site gives free design tip-offs. “Please, just float through our chic boutique” urges Karine. To their range of French luxury lines they have added upmarket design goodies from all over Europe, from zany gifts (duck-shaped sugar boxed) to serious design (Finn Stone’s beautiful ball chairs). Significantly they wish customers a glam Christmas (www.bodieandfou.com) http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Shoes credits

I got so many compliments on the shoes I was wearing for the Evening Post photoshoot (see previous posting) that I thought you would like to know they are from L K Bennett…Thx Karine http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Paulistano chair – MISSONI Special Edition

I’m a big fan of the Paulistano chair by Modernist architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha but this month, we’ve just launched a Special Edition designed by Rosita Missoni herself!The great thing about this one is that the cover is reversible and has a stripped pattern on one side and a floral pattern on the other so with one chair, you get two different styles and almost two different chairs! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

The Old Oak’s Last Dream print

I’m so pleased…the beautiful handmade prints from MisseMai are flying off the shelves, especially The Old Oak’s Last Dream (pictured above). It really makes me happy because each time we introduce a new young designer on BODIE and FOU, we obviously follow our hearts but as a small business, we also take a gamble on a designer very few people have heard of, so it is a really nice feeling to see that other people love them too! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs