two years have passed by since we launched KAOS. Many of you have been with us since the beginning. That's awesome! thank you.
There's a lot of things that enrol in the history of 2016. KAOS went from being a hobby to becoming a full-time job. In February I took the plunge and jumped off "the big, safe boat" to paddle across the English Canal with our little KAOS-dinghy. After completing maternity leave Mette stood above the same dilemma; continue on the big safe boat or get in the dinghy with Gineline? There was no doubt. Since September, we have been two onboard, and we love it.
We look back on 2016 as the year when we began to grow. We ended the cooperation with an agent we had been using from the start so we could own all dialogue and control all processes with our manufacturers ourselves. That was crucial. We have managed to establish a wide network in India. They do an amazing job on all areas. It feels safe and our cooperation works very well.
2016 was the year we launched the Mini-Ransel, the funky bed set, our decorative Pocket-pennants and the popular Hopscotch Rug that went viral. We got new distributors in new countries. 2016 was the year we grew out of the kitchen table and into our first showroom and office. Studio KAOS in Sarpsborggt 12A on Bjølsen is now a fact.
We never thought the year could offer bigger events, but 2016 should top itself once more. 2016 was the year we were granted funding from Innovation Norway. The support from IN gives us everything we need to complete a major project we have been working on behind the scenes for a while. The project is a collaboration with the unprecedented Ole Petter Wullum and we can not wait to show you what we have concocted. The only thing we can mention now is that this is the start of another new era for KAOS. This project has been a desire of ours since 2014. In 2017 it will happen.
2017 gives us butterflies. We are looking forward to writing more history in the coming year. We have even more exciting collaborations going on for 2017. Folks, this will be incredibly good.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
All the best,
Gineline & Mette