We are incredible thankful for all of the memories we made in our first year in business. We've been lucky to work with such awesome people throughout this year. Without them we wouldn't be where we are today. Were truly blessed to be located in this ever-growing, ever-moving city of Fargo.
We are so excited for what's in store this coming 2018, but before we hit the ground running, we're taking a moment to reflect on the last year. Join us down a short, sweet trip down memory lane of some of our favorite Fargo moments. These moments are only a few of the many more we hold dear to our hearts.
The first Dak the Bison Installation
The first week into the new year, we installed our very first Dak at the Professional Building on 52nd. Rick Schue of Altaire, along with the other tenants agreed to make a home for the very first Dak the Bison in the foyer of their space as a warm welcome to all who walk in. The design for Dak the Bison wall hangings were brought to life by the help of Grain Designs.
Piet van Rensburg of Dak & Co with Grain Design's Blain Mikkonen and Grant Koenig
Grant of Grain Designs giving Dak a final look
Kayla Cote van Rensburg of Dak & Co with Grant & Blain of Grain Designs
Tenants, Altaire Medical Spa, Dak & Co, Grain Designs celebrating the installation
Photo Credits: Marisa Jackels
We made our home in the APT Artist Incubator
In June we signed our lease at the APT Artist Incubator, where Jeff Knight, Dana Del Val and the rest of the Arts Partnership welcomed us with open arms. We spent weekends and evenings renovating the space to make it our own. Piet and I both agree we wouldn't trade those summer thunderstorm nights of renovating for anything!
Mckaila Ruud modeling Dak & Co in front of APT Artist Incubator
Photo credits: M.Scheif Photography
Piet van Rensburg of Dak & Co mapping out where to install our wall hanging
Piet & Kayla putting on the first coat of paint at Dak & Co Studio at the APT Artist Incubator.
Photo credits: M.Schleif Photography
Fargo Fashion Week
After meeting With founder Jani Skala earlier that year, we knew Dak & Co would be a great fit at Fargo Fashion Week. Fargo Fashion Week was our first official event in the U.S. where Dak & Co apparel could be seen walking down the runway as well as for sale at our booth.
Models walking the runway for Dak & Co. Models provided by Ultimate Image Management.
Photo credits: Gary Ussery Photography
Models doing a final walk for the Dak & Co line
Design & Living tells our story
In October we had the pleasure of sharing our renovation story with the Design & Living team. The article "When Fashion Influences Interior Design" features a look at the husband and wife team of Dak & Co along with our renovation story. We had so much fun sharing our space, as well as our story, with their awesome team.
Design & Living team with Dak & Co at the newly remodeled Studio
Snapshot of Dak & Co team, Piet & Kayla the day of their Design & Living Interview
photo credits: Hillary Ehlen
Piet & Kayla of Dak & Co posing with their article.
Photo credits: Revel Woods Photography
Our Partnership with Leela & Lavender
In October we partnered with the the new & fabulous boutique, Leela & Lavender who agreed to be the first shop to carry our line. Leela & Lavender, a fashion and gift boutique, is dedicated to helping all women to discover their best self. We celebrated our collaboration at their Grand Opening in November.
Dak & Co Apparel display at Leela & Lavender
Dak & Co Pop Up at Leela and Lavender
Piet & Kayla at their Pop Up at Leela & Lavender Grand Opening
Piet & Kayla with Jill Shea and Laura Polanski of Leela & Lavender
Photo Credits: Hillary Ehlen
Debuting our Pop Up Shop at APT Holiday Market
We fell in love with the Pop Up Shop concept by participating in the APT Holiday Market this holiday season. APT, the Artist Incubator, and our home, opened it's doors to an on-going seasonal Open House for shoppers to enjoy artist, creative one-of-a-kind gifts. They also took in light shows, music events, food and other cultural experiences that added to the appeal. The APT Holiday Market will continue through January 6th.
Entrance to the APT Holiday Market
The Debut opening of the Dak & Co Studio Pop Up Shop
Dak & Co open for business
Artist Talk at APT Holiday Market
photo credits: Chelsey Engelhard
We are so incredibly thankful for all this year brought into our lives. We met wonderful friends, partners and supports. We truly feel the community of Fargo has welcomed us with open arms.
We are Thankful for this past year, and all of the adventures we had.
We are Grateful for all of the amazing people we got to meet and share stories with.
We are Hopeful for what's to come in 2018. We can't wait for all of the new adventures to have and people to meet. We especially can't wait to continue to see smiles on the faces of all of our friends we made in 2017.
So, cheers to you, and the joy you've brought to our lives. In the blog post below we celebrate, not only a great 2017, but also to celebrate all of you, and how you made our hearts full.
Piet & Kayla