by C-heads mag
Born in Poland, Agata Natalia Kozak left to study fashion and textile at universities in Barcelona and Istanbul. Later on she moved to London to properly commence her career as a fashion designer. After years of designing for others, she decided to start her own sustainable fashion brand called COSSAC, which was launched in October 2014. When she’s not designing, she can be found at the yoga studio or travelling to another magnificent destination. Her newest SS17 collection is called “Meet me in the streets of Istanbul” and typifies Agatka’s fond memories of living abroad in Istanbul as a design student and the unassuming style she’d often see in unlikely corners.
COSSAC stands for…
Sustainability and simplicity. Each season we deliver a ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ of contemporary threads and redefined basic with a sass edge that you can treasure season after season. We strive to make eco fashion current and relevant and appealing to both the eco and mainstream fashion customer.
Tell us about your beginnings, how did you start the label. Like this very moment where you thought, ok now I need to do this, was it because of a sort of crucial experience? And what´s your background within fashion?
I started the label in October 2014 after becoming increasingly disillusioned with the fashion industry. I have been working in fashion for many years before and even though I loved it, I started to notice the superficiality and injustice that was coming with it.
Having worked in both high end and high street fashion, I too was initially seduced by the allure of the fast fashion price tags but it never felt quite right. I remember how my mother used to save for a month to buy a particular coat she wanted when I was a child. Now all of a sudden you can have a coat for £20! I just couldn’t comprehend how this happens. I mean how was that even possible? But then the more I observed, and immersed myself in the industry, the more transparent the problems became.
I think Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 was the final straw for me. I started to educate myself on the subject; books, documentaries, you name it. Simultaneously, ever since I moved to London in 2010, I have become more conscious of the world around me, social issues as well as being fascinated with sustainability and organic lifestyle. I always wanted to have my own label at some point and as I was applying responsible living habits to my everyday life, starting a fashion brand with a difference came as a natural outcome of my experience.