Our Ethics

We are a boutique swimwear brand offering exclusive products, handmade with love. We endeavor to improve our company each and every day, with a strong commitment both to our success as women entrepreneurs in Central America, and to the development of a socially beneficial business model that helps create a better world in the process.

When you purchase Dkoko, not only do you receive a high-quality product designed in Costa Rica with the wellbeing of the planet in mind, but you also help support a small business creating positive impact in our region.

Ethical production at our sewing shop in Masaya Nicaragua

Our Commitment to Social Responsibility

At Dkoko, we are proud to offer quality products handmade by our local sewing team in our very own boutique sewing shop in Masaya, Nicaragua. Masaya is a town famous for the skilled craftsmanship of the artisans who live there, which is why we chose to set up shop over three years ago in this special place, home to talented textile workers.

Dkoko designers went to live in Nicaragua to personally train our manufacturing team, since sewing swimwear was new to their repertoire of textile talents. After that first year of learning together, we have perfected our teamwork, incorporating traditional weaving skills into our designs and achieving the level of quality Dkoko is known for among our ocean-loving clients around the world.  

Currently, our sewing shop staffs 5 full-time employees, who all receive maximum working benefits, including health insurance, social security and pension funds, two days off per week, a month of paid vacation per year, and double salary through the month of December.

Ethical made surf bikinis

Who makes our clothing?

Dkoko’s Sewing Team

Reynaldo Perez Sewing Shop Manager

 

 

Luis Reynaldo Perez

Time working with Dkoko: 3 years

Responsibilities: Sewing shop administration and management, fabric cutting and patterning.   

"I'm 31 years old. My wife Francis and I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter. I love tecnology and listening to music. In my free time I enjoy going on trips with my family. My goal is to educate my daughter the best I can and to finish my career as a computer engineer. I love working with Dkoko because it gives me the trust to develop myself professionally and learn new things."

     

Samara vasquez a member of our team in Nicaragua

 

 

Samara Vásquez

Time working with Dkoko: 3 years.

Responsibilities: Sewing.

"I'm 26 years old. I'm a single mom of 2 boys of 2 and 6 years old. In my free time I like to spend time with my kids, watch tv and sew formal pants. I like working with Dkoko because the schedule allows me to spend more time with my kids and I like the work environment."

 

 Antonia Balladares is the sewing supervisor in Nicaragua

 

 

Antonia Balladares

Time working with Dkoko: 3 years.

Responsibilities: Sewing supervisor, sewing and patterning.

"I'm 35 years old and I got married while working with Dkoko. I'm currently very happy as I'm pregnant so I will become a mom soon. In my free time I like to sew little girl's dresses and create foam crafts."

 

Nery is in charge of quality control for our beachwear and swimwear 

 

Nery Barrios

Time working with Dkoko: 2 years.

Responsibilities: Product revision and quality control.

"I'm 36 years old and I'm single. I have 3 kids: 2 boys and 1 girl. In my free time I like to visit family and friends and connect using social media. I like to work in Dkoko because I feel like a family and the work environment is relaxed."

 

 

Rosa makes beautiful handmade details like braids for our bikinis

 

 

 

Rosa Ruiz

Time working with Dkoko: 3 years.

Responsibilities: Sewing and handmade braided details.

"I'm 40 years old and single. I have 2 daughters of 15 and 16 years old. In my free time I love to listen to music and knit hammocks. My biggest dream is to give a good education to my daughthers."

 

Patterns

Our patterns are all personally created by Dkoko’s lead designer Michelle Rodríguez, along with Reynaldo Perez in our sewing shop in Masaya, and long-time Dkoko collaborator, designer Fiorella Venegas in Costa Rica.

Fiorella Venegas

Time working with Dkoko: 6 years.

Fiorella is a fashion designer by trade and has worked with Dkoko for several years in pattern design and development. She makes regular visits to the Dkoko sewing shop in Nicaragua to support personnel training and product development for our new collections.  

Fiorella lives in San José, Costa Rica and is a full-time mom to her 2-year-old daughter.  

Our Boutiques

Vanesa Rivera

Time working with Dkoko: 1 year.

Vanesa runs and manages our Dkoko boutique in the town of Jacó Beach, Costa Rica. She is also responsible for receiving product orders from our website, packing, and shipping them to our customers around the world.

Vanesa spends her free time at the beach and mountain biking through the surrounding jungle trails. She is a mother of two children.