Meet The Brisbane Fashion Designers With 1.6 Million Followers

Meet The Brisbane Fashion Designers With 1.6 Million Followers

Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas, the minds behind fashion empire Sabo Skirt, tell Leith Wilson what 2016 has in store for them.

By Leith Wilson | 5th January 2016

Just like Cinderella, dynamic duo Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas are proof that an outfit can change your life.

The pair started out blogging about clothes and began their Brisbane-based start-up, Sabo Skirt, in an unused bathroom. Five years, 1.6 million followers and one fashion empire later, these sisters (and best friends) have no intention of slowing things down.

Their latest high-end fashion line, Sabo Luxe, was inspired by a recent holiday. After one look at the crisp, clear landscape and structured architecture of the Greek Islands, their love affair with minimalism was born.

The pair launched a preview of the line at NYFW through Fashion Palette, an initiative that connects Australian fashion designers with the global market. Thessy and Yiota say they had never experienced anything like it.

“We are huge fans of New York; it’s a beautiful city. To be a part of NYFW was such an honour. A definite ‘pinch yourself’ moment,” the girls agree.

The structured silhouettes featured in their designs are the perfect simple yet eye-catching staple for any wardrobe. International supermodel sensation Gigi Hadid has already been seen sporting items from the collection. But the girls won’t stop there; they’re already working towards introducing the line to the Australian market next month.


“Sabo Luxe will officially launch in Australia in late February with a dedicated fashion show, website and full range available. We can’t wait to show Australia what it’s all about!”

And Sabo Luxe isn’t their only project; Thessy and Yiota are set to release a new Sport Luxe and sleep/loungewear range this year. The girls say they’re excited about the new range and will be able to reveal more about it in the coming months.

Thessy and Yiota will surely be a permanent fixture in the fashion world for years to come, with a solid five-year plan already in place. “We see ourselves expanding the Sabo Skirt empire, with several wholesalers and continuing on with our online ranges. We would also like to see Sabo Luxe on more US celebrities as we grow our presence overseas,” they said.

With so much going on, how do they maintain a healthy work/life balance? “We are very passionate about health and fitness and make sure we have plenty of time with friends and family.”


The girls predict that in terms of trends, 2016 will be a year for mixed neutrals, which they look forward to incorporating with their minimalistic designs. “We love pieces that have a structural point of difference, an amazing hemline or a different cut.”

Living and breathing everything fashion, these successful sisters are definitely ones to watch!

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Article by Leith Wilson

A lover of ice-cream, travel, adventure seeking and fashion, Leith is a former Journalist at Style Magazines and is always on the hunt for her next pair of heels or foodie spot to squash her avocado obsession.


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