Founded in 2009, Komono has led the way in making contemporary design accessible. As one of the fastest-growing businesses in Belgium, Komono firmly established itself as the go-to brand for watches and eyewear since its foundation. To ensure another decade of steady growth, Komono recently brought on changes to its management team and updated its business models throughout Europe.
Two new members in the management team
Komono welcomes two new members to its management team with the arrival of Charlotte Arts as creative director and Michael Arts as commercial specialist. They will support Anton Janssens, founder and managing director, and Jasper D’Hooghe, CEO, with the goal of expanding Komono’s strong framework into the future.
Charlotte Arts is a former student of the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts with a background in high-fashion retail buying. She joins the team from Raf Simons where she was commercial director and from Willy Vanderperre where she functioned as studio manager. In her new role, Charlotte will oversee all creative output for the brand across both design and image.
Michael Arts has substantial experience in the fashion industry – co-founder at Bellerose, sales manager Europe at Polo Ralph Lauren and executive vice president at Tommy Hilfiger. More recently, he served as executive vice president at PVH Corporation, which holds brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen. In his new role, Michael Arts will focus on all commercial matters.
Renewing and expanding partnership
Komono announced its renewed partnership with Sample & Supply for both its watches and eyewear activities in France. Since 2013, Komono and Sample & Supply have been in close collaboration towards the development of the French market with great success.
This partnership will now be deepened with Sample & Supply changing from a distributor to an agent model. Heightened investment from Komono in the French market in terms of marketing and merchandising will accelerate the speedy growth the brand is currently occurring. These changes came into action from the 1st of September.
German business activities goes in-house
Present in the country since 2011, Komono announced a new chapter for its business in Germany. Following a recent change of management, the company found a renewed confidence and decided to take all of its business activities in-house. This across both eyewear and watches.
All sales will from now on be handled by a new agent team, led by Max Morgenstern. Max previously worked as a sales representative for the company and has now been promoted to lead a team of dedicated sales agents for the German market.
Komono partners with Slam Jam
Komono teams up with Italian lifestyle imprint Slam Jam for the distribution of its watches and eyewear range in Italy. Both at the forefront of contemporary fashion, Komono and Slam Jam found common ground in its shared interest for contemporary design and urban subcultures. Slam Jam will take over all business activities for the brand within the country.