C.O.F. Studio represents what can be achieved when a Circle Of Friends work together to create something unique and special. At the center of this circle you will find Per Fredriksson, founder and creative mind behind the brand. Per comes from a small town south of Stockholm, Sweden and held on to the dream of one day creating his own denim concept. Per’s obsession with denim started back in the 70’s at a time when the denim industry was reaching its height in Europe.
What sealed the deal was a copy of Interview magazine that contained the iconic image of Andy Warhol dressed in his signature pair of Levi’s® 501 jeans®. From that first glimpse of the iconic red tab, Per strived for a career that would put him closer to the world of denim. His career blossomed from stocking the store shelves at Gul & Blå to Product Manager at Dobber jeans, which in Scandinavia was second only to Levi’s®. Each and every opportunity allowed Per to discover more aspects of denim manufacturing that only fed his desire to learn more. In the 80’s, his work brought him to Japan where he was one of the first people to help introduce selvage denim to their industry.
Then in the 90’s Per made is biggest move to Italy where he lived and worked for 18 years. In Italy, Per focused on the manufacturing process and learned all there was to know about stitching, hand washing and construction. Under the name Modern Basic 08, Per provided jeans and fabrics to many of the industry leading denim brands, this is still true to this day. It was the knowledge gathered throughout his career and the close friendships he developed that brought Per back to Stockholm, Sweden to start his own denim brand, C.O.F. Studio.
C.O.F. Studio has one simple mission – bring together people who share a common vision toward creating quality denim products. The brand’s collection showcase a balanced synergy between modern clean Swedish design and traditional high quality Italian made jeans, always staying true to the DNA of the company – denim. They maintain the traditional craftsmanship yet find it to be of equal importance to look forward, creating new expressions and finding new ways of managing production.
C.O.F. Studio carefully chooses the highest quality ingredients to create every pair of jeans. The manufacturers and suppliers C.O.F. Studio works with is the foundation of the brand. Fabrics are sourced primarily from Candiani Denim (a world famous Italian mill), leather from Panama Trimmings and hardware from YKK Italy. All finished off with the Rivetto D’oro golden rivet, the highest symbol of quality awarded to C.O.F. Studio by Candiani Denim itself.
The jeans are sewn in small numbers by a handful of expert operators in a studio in the Salento district in Italy. As a true testament of quality each garment are marked with the particular friends engaged in that pair, from the denim mill, to the button and rivets manufacturer, leather tannery, to the tailors and washing experts.