My World: Coco Mannix from Catzorange

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Catzorange is our latest label obsession from New York: Meet co-founder Coco and her natural and simple bag brand

Coco was recommended to us by our contributing editor Annelie. Working with her husband under the label name Catzorange, she makes bags as serene and international as the couple themselves.

“I am from Berlin and Johnny is from New York. We met in Berlin a few years ago, moved to New York together, got married in our courtyard, moved to the beach, worked on an organic farm in Amagansett, moved back to Brooklyn and now created our own brand. The concept for our Instagram channel is based on textures, hues and strong lines…effortless with an underlying substance and story.”

Please describe your style in three words?

Masculine, feminine, subtle. (I like a good pant!)

What’s your first fashionable memory?

I used to wear white cotton tank tops as dresses falling just above my knees when I was three years old. I still have them. They are falling apart now, but I still wear them – and now they fit me perfectly.

Your ideal breakfast?

Papaya with lemon juice and cayenne pepper. And Earl Grey tea with milk.

I get up very early and work 3-4 hours before heading to my day job. When the weather is good, we have a cup of tea on the roof of the old warehouse we live in. From there we can see the skyline of Manhattan. It is a very serene feeling to watch as the city wakes up.

The book you’ve re-read many times?

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. 

Who was your childhood hero?

Denise Huxtable

What piece(s) of jewelry you wear every single day?

My wedding band – it is the smallest and tiniest piece that I wear.

Then I have four simple rings that my mother made, one for each finger in silver. I just got a Coyote Negro ring for my left hand, which is lovely. And a cuff from Nathalie Schreckenberg. I am into big organic shapes that are bold and heavy and I love mixing silver and gold. I don’t wear earrings or necklaces. I don’t like them.

What designer you would love to wear head to toe when you are a granny?

I have a very soft spot for The Row and Jil Sander, but I will probably end up wearing oversized vintage workwear and uniforms from different cultures and countries. Hopefully I will still wear some of the things I am wearing today. Like, when I am 70 my grandkids will ask if they can have my (by then) “vintage Jesse Kamm pants” and I say “naaah, not yet – I’m still wearing them.”

Favorite color?

Payne’s grey and khaki green.                   

Signature shoes?

Leather loafers every day, and Converse on days off.

What’s your dream car?

An International Harvester Scout II in dusty red with a cream stripe along its side, preferably parked close to the beach.            

Favorite flower?

Chamomile.

What are the top three things on your wish list?

Good healthcare for everyone, no borders, being closer to my family.

Most inspiring movie?

The Passenger by Michelangelo Antonioni.

Fashion icon?

Lauren Hutton.

Favorite getaway?

Our loft.

What are your favorite restaurants?

Der goldene Hahn in Berlin. And Tartine in the West Village – because it makes me always think back to Der goldene Hahn in Berlin.

Your favorite shop?

Maryam Nassir Zadeh on the Lower East Side.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In a garden that has avocado trees behind our own store/house.

What’s the last (cultural) discovery that blew your mind?

The perks of being an immigrant.

What are your top three magazines (online or off)?

Diner Journal, Apartamento, The Gentlewoman.

Get inspired by visiting Catz Orange’s  Instagram account @catzorange and Coco’s account @cocomannix or visit their Onlineshop here.

Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.