About Us

About Dkoko

At Dkoko we are passionate about creating premium designs for quality women that make them feel beautiful. We have an unwavering commitment to producing pieces with unmatched fit, because we believe women shouldn’t have to choose between functionality and femininity.

Our pieces are designed to be worn from water to earth. Our clients love to wear them surfing, kiteboarding, hiking, doing yoga and even going out at night.

We stand for quality and we are proud to make a difference creating ethically made products. This is why we choose to produce our line with the finest materials in our own small sewing shop in Nicaragua, which allows us to support and empower local women, as well as ensure the highest standards. Learn more about who makes our clothes here.

All our products are designed by Michelle Rodriguez, who also makes herself most of the patterns, to ensure the perfect fit Dkoko is loved for.

We invite you to be a Dkoko girl and unlock your inner magic!

Michelle Rodríguez -Dkoko Founder

About the Designer
Michelle Rodríguez

My love affair with nature and the sea began as a young girl, when my mom would drive me down from our home in the mountains to the sunny beaches of Costa Rica. I spent my summer vacations immersed in multiple adventures - playing for hours under the sun, captivated among the sand, warm water and lush rainforest that came to define my wild heart and adventurous spirit.

Creative by nature, I studied and graduated with a degree in Fashion Design.

Chasing my love for the sea, I moved to the beach town of Playa Hermosa when I was 21 years old, where learning to surf changed my life forever. When I couldn't find swimwear that stayed on in the surf, I put my passion to work designing my own surf bikinis to withstand the power of the waves. Dkoko was born of my desire to create a functional, fashionable brand that allows women to mix and match sizes and designs, honoring the beauty in all of our different body shapes and unique approaches to style.

I love to travel, finding inspiration in the world's diversity of cultures and beautiful landscapes I have been blessed to experience over the years. This inspiration, combined with my tropical soul essence, becomes what we proudly create in Dkoko.

Dkoko Girls

Emily Gussoni - Dkoko Girl

Emily Gussoni

Emily has grown up living and surfing in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. At just 18 years old, she's currently one of the top 3 female surfers in our country, representing Costa Rica in a number of international surf contests, including the ISA Junior World Surfing Games. In 2014 Emily placed Second in the Central America Surfing Championship and in 2015 she won the title as Central American SUP Champion.

Emily knows that balance in life is the key to success in and out of the water. She's an outstanding student at high school, and she loves reading and music. Emily stays in shape with yoga, boxing and surfing every day before or after school.

Zulay Martínez - Dkoko Girl

Zulay Martínez

Zulay is currently the Junior Surfing Champion in Costa Rica. A 17 year-old local of Tamarindo, Costa Rica represents our country in international contests and dreams of competing against the world's best women surfers. Inspired by her coach Andrea Diaz, one of the first women surfers in Costa Rica, Zulay's goal is to "achieve awesome maneuvers, surf like Lakey Peterson, and reach the WSL level." Zulay loves swimming, playing volleyball, soccer, singing and hanging out with friends, who know her best for her spunky sense of humor, making everyone laugh and always pulling the best pranks, in and out of the water.

"Laughing is an everyday activity that must not be forgotten!" she says. You gotta watch your back with this one around!

Jennifer Saunders profile

Jennifer Saunders

Our Jaco Beach Store Manager, Jennifer, is a Nevada native who moved to Costa Rica in 2006 driven by a desire to surf, speak Spanish and be closer to nature.

She is the owner and an instructor at Aurora Yoga & Wellness Center in Jaco. She also teaches yoga at Los Sueños Marriott, SUP yoga and SUPHerr. Jennifer is currently enjoying the Pura Vida lifestyle with her daughter, Galilea, her husband, Charlie, and their dog, Yako.

Yorgina Ureña - Dkoko Girl

Yorgina Ureña

Yorgina is a true sports enthusiast and free surfer native of Boca Barranca, a classic surf spot on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. This goofy footer has been surfing for 12 years and counting, chasing waves all over the country and overseas. Yorgina lives for staying active throughout the day and motivating others to have a healthy lifestyle. When she's not out surfing, you'll find Yorgina hiking the mountain, practicing yoga, mountain biking, or breaking a sweat at the gym - sometimes all in the same day!

Yor represents our brand and helps us spread the love for Dkoko in different events in Costa Rica and setting an example as an positive empowered woman in her community.