Late last year I was on the hunt for some travel outfits to take on an upcoming trip to Europe. I headed down to Bishop Arts and in particular to Dwell on Davis where I had purchased clothing before. In fact, I was wearing a Ken & Cody original piece that very day.

As I opened the door and entered I was greeted with, “Well, look that! Wearing one of my designs?” I turned and laid my eyes on Cody for the first time. He was dressed to the nines and he was “taking my inventory”. I confirmed that, yes, I was wearing a Ken & Cody tunic. As quick as that, Cody began snatching clothes off their hangers and ordering me into the dressing room to try them on. It was perfection! How did he do it? After his creation was complete (with accessories) he turned with a wave and said, “I have to head back to the other shop…come over when you are done and you better not be empty handed!”

I was SOLD! I am a Ken & Cody lifer. That blouse was my go-to piece the length of my trip to Europe. It looked great. It traveled well. I could dress it up or dress it down. The best thing. No one else had it.

When I arrived back in the states, I headed straight back to Cody for more. I’m no fool.

Okay, so let me stop here to give you a little background info on Ken and Cody. These two have been friends and business partners for many years. Ken Valencia is a decorated veteran of the design world with an impressive resume including Robert Cavalli Northpark, Neiman Marcus and Donna Karan. Equally talented, Cody Ellison had a career designing creative bedding for Rose Tree.


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