Founders Gwendolyn Floyd, Ella Peinovich and Catherine Mahugu met and founded Soko in Nairobi, Kenya. They have since expanded from the Silicon Savannah to Silicon Valley, establishing their US headquarters in San Francisco in 2015. Their collections are inspired by architecture and traditional tribal designs, creating a strong yet minimal aesthetic that hints at the brand’s origins. The jewellery is made in Kenya
Brass is a metal alloy of copper and zinc. Known for its durability and workability, brass has been used for centuries – the first example of brass jewellery dates from ancient Rome. Aside from looking good, brass is sustainable. Today 90% of all brass in the world is recycled.
Brass is an affordable alternative to gold; statement pieces have a luxurious look and feel at accessible prices. Soko use solid brass, ensuring that every piece they make is a long-lasting heirloom. They don’t use plating over a base metal, so their products are easy to clean, and the colour does not wear off. All of their cow-horn products are crafted from the horn of Ankole Longhorn cattle, a breed native to the Rift Valley of East Africa. Soko artisans ethically procure this recycled material, which is a by-product of the food industry, from nomadic tribes in Kenya and Uganda. Reclaimed horn has gorgeous natural variation in its colour, so every piece is individual and can range from a dark lustrous black to striated natural tones.