Kimberly Phipps-Nichol and Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell, founders of RoKi Design, share a passion for fashion, creativity, and community.
RoKi Designs creates high-fashion masks from a re-purposed Cartier scarf.
RoKi Design scarf that can be worn as a top was created to benefit The Ensemble Theatre.
A portion of proceeds from sale of RoKi's 'D' scarf go to the Boy Scouts of America.
The versatility of the RoKi silk scarves is illustrated here. This 'D' scarf benefits the Boy Scouts of America.
RoKi Design creates custom silk scarves & up-cycled accessories and apparel made with vintage luxury materials such as this Hermès scarf pillow.
RoKi Design up-purposing silk scarves includes a variety of fashionable creations including masks.
The Cartier scarf is on the cutting board at RoKi Design, destined to become a mask or brooch or even a scrunchie.
Kimberly Phipps-Nichol sews the RoKi Design masks made from up-purposed designer scarves including Hermès and Cartier.
The 2020 Best Dressed design was created through the vision of Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell and brought to life by fashion illustrator, Marina Saba and a local graphic artist. A percentage of proceeds benefit the March of Dimes.
RoKi Design's 'Heart in Bloom' created for the American Heart Association's for Go Red For Women campaign was designed by artist British-based artist Vanessa Buchmann of Fleuriosity, which was customized by her to celebrate Go Red for Women
'Primas' designed by visual artist Zsavon Butler for RoKi Design is a 100 % silk twill scarf.
RoKi Design created this face mask from vintage horse bit knit silk jersey.
Uber creatives Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell and Kimberly Phipps-Nichol both had their hands full before they launched RoKi Design, their almost-eponymous (Ro for Roslyn, Ki for Kimberly) firm working magic with silk scarves. But the creative niche with a philanthropic component seemed to be a calling that both community-minded women would not deny.
An attorney, mom and fitness expert Bazzelle Mitchell first designed silk scarves for a Black high-end corporate leadership conference in Houston in 2019. Her Italian-made creations were such a hit that she began exploring business opportunities with a charity bent. But she needed a partner who shared her passion for sustainability, community and fashion.
Phipps-Nichol, a commercial interior designer not to mention talented seamstress, was busy with her Blue Water Studio. But with the onset of COVID-19, she began sewing masks for Texas Medical Center employees. She tells PaperCity that most of her family works in the medical field. To date, she has donated more 1,000 masks to the cause.
The two women joined forces and developed their three-tiered concept based on “fashion, creativity and community.” Bazelle Mitchell is a self-admitted scarf addict and the early success of her initial design spurred her on. She admits that she is no artist but she does have concepts and draws them out in “stick figures” for artists that the duo taps for their scarf creations.
Under the RoKi umbrella, Phipps-Nichol is churning out high-style masks, many made from vintage designer scarves. Think Hermès, Cartier, Chanel. Through their selected retailers, the masks sell out shortly after arrival. They are also available on the RoKi website.
“It’s all about supporting each other and giving back and loving the environment,” Bazelle Mitchell says.
There are two components to the original scarf design — for profit and for nonprofits. RoKi has tapped artists to design unique silk scarves, crafted in Italy, for organizations including The Ensemble Theatre, the American Heart Association and TEACH. A percentage of sales from these are dedicated to selected charities for which the scarves were designed. The silk scarves are crafted mostly in Italy, some in China, hand-rolled and of high quality.
The commercial side to the business includes original scarves designed by hand-selected artists as well as the creation of masks crafted from vintage designer scarves. Their collection of fashionable refashioned scarves include pillows, brooches, scrunchies and even boutonnieres.