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Remember Koos of Course (van den Akker) ~~ Happy & Healthy ~~

Started 1310396540.13 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1310503427.413 by Alajane

hi there and a good morning,

if anyone remembers him, Koos is a phenomenal designer, and his clothes sold out. then he disappeared and we didn't know what happened.

apparently he lost his partner of many years, but he is still in NY and does a lot of sewing his own clothes that he designs, as that he loves most. there was a long article in our foremost newspaper about him, too involved to go into but he stated clearly that he is well and happy, just has moved on. but that every morning he gets up at 6 to sew his own clothes with some four other seamstresses. he sold his business as he didn't like the selling part as much, but still this place is on Madison Avenue. obviously those clothes have designer prices and that seems to work for him.

for those who forgot, this is what he looks like...

btw, i have quite a few of his silk blouses and skirts, all beautifully lined and (some) very traditional in style, that i can still wear and either wash myself or get drycleaned. Hisd clothes were delivered of the highests standards, just great, and not much more expensive than S. Graver's clothes, amazing.

I for one wish he'd come back to the Q., but that won't happen, as he is busy sewing...

So our best wishes Koos and stay healthy and happy.

Just thought if anyone wondered... here he is.

magenta

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game-on1310397833.0873393 PostsRegistered 6/9/2007

magenta....thanks for the update. i only have a couple of his things...but the quality was so great!!

clemintine1310398114.89718211 PostsRegistered 11/5/2007C.C.

not my style, but I always just wanted to pinch his cheeks!

lulu21310400764.18320901 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I have (had) a number of relatives who work (ed) at QVC during the reign of Koos. I believe it was his abrasive personality that did him in. I personally saw him insult Patti R and Jayne B on air, commenting on their weight. He also insulted callers, particularly plus size women. He had some lovely, well made items but he definitely was lacking when it came to manners.

minkbunny1310401029.92326301 PostsRegistered 7/15/2007

Aww, thanks. I always loved him, so glad he is doing well. I have one of his blouses and it is exquisite.

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Magenta1310406049.839583 PostsRegistered 11/4/2004washington, d.c.

thanks ladies, and i agree that his manners left a lot to be desired. and then he ain't so skinny himself. his workmanship is outstanding though and for that I miss him greatly.

i always told my non-QVC friends they should watch this man with the potatoe-carrying apron on, as that was pathethic but he is very weird in some ways, so i should not have been surprised. saw once in manhattan a red carpet show and it was out of this world. didn't know him then, but loved his styles and models.

thanks for posting... when i read this art. thought i should at least share his pix.

magenta

hennypenny1310406331.4175955 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I love his clothes! I have kept sweaters and blouses. The jumpers I donated. I love the mix of patterns. I always got compliments when I wore something of his.

foundinlv21310406939.9275277 PostsRegistered 6/16/2010

I have this in the blue. I was A08057. I still have it but just never wear it. Cool

Koos of Course Mixed Media Fully Lined Jacket w/ Lamb Leather Insets

foundinlv21310406996.7675277 PostsRegistered 6/16/2010

I would have liked to have gotten the blouse that went with it but it was already sold out.

Koos of Course Mixed Media Fully Lined Jacket w/ Lamb Leather Insets

sunshine451310411036.0840593 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

hi found.... i own the jacket and the top in the blue version.... i THINK it was a tsv at one time. i still have a number of his items including a reversible satin print to velvet car coat that gets a lot of use. loved when he was on qvc.

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foundinlv21310411433.4835277 PostsRegistered 6/16/2010
On 7/11/2011 sunshine45 said:

hi found.... i own the jacket and the top in the blue version.... i THINK it was a tsv at one time. i still have a number of his items including a reversible satin print to velvet car coat that gets a lot of use. loved when he was on qvc.

I just tried mine on again...turns out I have both the blue and brown jacket {#emotions_dlg.ohmy} and I just never wear them. The blue one is a skosh bigger on me than the brown and they're the same size. One thing I hated about Qvc no matter the designer it's their interpretation of the garment not couture by any means even though a designer will periodically say it's identical to couture.

Magenta1310411862.099583 PostsRegistered 11/4/2004washington, d.c.

foundinlv2,

o wow, i love that leatherjacket with the blue. just gorgeous. i understand from the article that he was going to teach people how to sew with patchwork, as he loves that, and this is one of his styles that people loved. through the paper he was going to be available for interviews off and on until the 13th. bet he is off camera friendlier than on camera, as i too thought that was the pits sometimes.

really cool. and thanks for posting these pix ladies.

magenta

foundinlv21310412393.2035277 PostsRegistered 6/16/2010

You're welcome Magenta...Smile

LipstickDi­va1310414833.49737337 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio
On 7/11/2011 lulu2 said:

I have (had) a number of relatives who work (ed) at QVC during the reign of Koos. I believe it was his abrasive personality that did him in. I personally saw him insult Patti R and Jayne B on air, commenting on their weight. He also insulted callers, particularly plus size women. He had some lovely, well made items but he definitely was lacking when it came to manners.

I remember when he insulted Patti.

He was truly boorish in his behavior. Good riddance to Koos.

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------1310415024.0718217 PostsRegistered 2/13/2008

It's a pity he was so abrasive. He would have lasted if he had a professional salesperson step in to represent his clothing. Thanks for the update.

you mad bro?

gigot1310415809.3575299 PostsRegistered 10/22/2010

My mother loved his clothing and visited his showroom-he was a rude beast as per her opinion.

insomniac1310418929.917350 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I have not missed him at all.

insomniac

CLEM1310429227.14312522 PostsRegistered 9/1/2008PA

I loved the way he used all the different materials and still have a few things.


Linders Ba­ck1310433843.6478490 PostsRegistered 9/4/2005Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

I have a reversible silk jacket that I always get compliments on. And I had a jumper with toggle straps that I wore forever but finally sent to GW when the style was no longer current. Both are beautifully made quality garments.

Most people who are very good at what they do and know it seem abrasive to others. LOL I would never hold that against anyone.

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tansy1310434150.5326331 PostsRegistered 4/19/2005
Rude man but I still have a reversible corduroy vest that I like and get compliments on.

Magenta1310434555.0839583 PostsRegistered 11/4/2004washington, d.c.

both Koos and I both being dutch I feel i owe all of you an apology. be assured that he is the opposite of what Dutch people are... maybe he lived too long in Manhattan, and also a certain arrogance that he knows how hightly respected he is in the design world. little does that help, but that's how he is. but he absolutely does know his business and ,ales really original and unique fashions and soooo very well made.

if you'd visit the country, you'd realize how very frinedly and helpful the Dutch are.

on this note, nuf is nuf and hope some of you can still wear those dynamite pieces.

magenta

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Green Tea1310434744.2631534 PostsRegistered 2/11/2008At my computer

Yes, I remember him and his clothing. Never purchased anything but did like some of his jackets.

I recall Koos insulting Lisa R! Can you believe it? She took it well and just kept talking.

shamalamad­ingdong51310434986.483313 PostsRegistered 2/12/2008
Magenta, no need to apologize. There are rude jerks in every nationality.

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Alajane1310503427.193287 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I loved lots of his designs--never bought any as my children were small at the time he was on the Q and required most of the clothing budget! But I've always loved designs that combine different fabrics and he is a master at that.

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