By guest blogger Janet Navarro. koi’s International Sales & Service Specialist
“I am so intrigued as to why koi chose this Latin American country to invest their time and resources in? I am just so curious as to why out of all of your options you chose to cater to your clients in this unique way, I’ve never heard of another brand do something of this sort! I get store visits every once in a while, but this!” – Uniformania, Nicaragua
Just a few weeks ago, I sat in Costa Rica, meeting one-on-one with participating retailers from all over Latin America: Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and of course Costa Rica (to name a few).
I have been distributing koi uniforms internationally for almost 4 years now. In such a short time, I have learned that koi is a team of pioneers and trendsetters! But these retailers don’t fall short of that either. They are the reason why we invested our energy and time to grow with them not just on a business level but a real solid relationship.
I mean look at them!
I am not one of brevity, but it’s always so simple to me when people are genuinely surprised at some of those outside-the-box things that koi does. koi is special because of the time and details that goes into our processes – not just our uniforms!
Why not? We all work 24/7 when we own our own business or have a dream- that’s what makes it a reality, right? Hard work also means you deserve a break! So, why not spend the day visiting a beautiful waterfall and majestic animals with those that share the same vision!
Pictured above: Front Row: Adolfo Vargas and Gaby Castro (Gabter’s – Mexico), Tour Guide: Carolina Mendez, Patricia Tuti, Rito Baez ( Uniformes Medicos CR – Costa Rica ) Back Row: Adriana Santos and Blanca Santos (Magic Uniforms – Puerto Rico), Nelson Medrano koi Inventory Analyst @ La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Alajuela Province; Costa Rica.
Largest Butterfly Exhibit @ La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Alajuela Province; Costa Rica. Pictured: Kathy Peterson (koi Creator and Designer), Maria Elena Bernal and Felipe Aco ( Mafel – Mexico).
Costa Rican Traditional Ox Cart. Pictured: Lorena Araya Alfaro, Martha Mejias Alfaro (Tienda del Paraiso – Costa Rica) and Patricia Tuti, Rito Baez ( Uniformes Medicos CR – Costa Rica ) @ La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Alajuela Province; Costa Rica.
Pictured: Lidys Ospino and Efrain Alfonso Cala ( Inversiones Ospino – Colombia) @ La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Alajuela Province; Costa Rica.
Pictured: Blanca Santos ( Magic Uniforms –Puerto Rico ), Janet Navarro (me! – koi International Sales & Service Specialist), Marielos Blanca Aguilar and Maria de Socorro Sanchez (Uniformania – Nicaragua) @ La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Alajuela Province; Costa Rica.
This was our first (and most packed) day – we spent our first day venturing to an amazing place. We had to rush it a bit but it was so worth it! I think it’s safe to say this was the highlight of our trip, not only because we were able to see such wonders of Costa Rica – but the fact that koi staff and retailers were able to share this experience together.
Right when we reached our bus after a day and lunch gathering in this natural escape, the storm hit!
The next thunderbolt strike would be the fury of our fashion show! We all got back to our hotel and got fancy for a koi Fashion Show featuring our new Fall 2018 collection!
Pictured: Costa Rica’s own koi Models, Green Blazer: Crisitina Zamora and Black Dress: Amanda Pacheco of Alfazeta Uniformes – Costa Rica.
And of course, after a successful fashion show is the after party. I have to mention, the models were so comfortable they didn’t even remove the koi uniforms and literally danced the night away all night! Barely even broke a sweat – that moisture wicking I tell ya’!
Pictured: (not me! )– Janet Navarro koi Int’l Sales & Service, Monica Quesada – koi Model in her scrubs DANCING! , and Cristina Zamora (Alfazeta Uniformes – Costa Rica).
Pictured: Amanda Pacheco (Alfazeta Uniformes – Costa Rica) and the rest of the party goers!
Pictured: Self Named “Latinas en Scrubs” alliance/BFFs/support System created here! Maria de Socorro Sanchez, Marielos Blanca Aguilar (Uniformania – Nicaragua), Adriana Santos and Blanca Santos (Magic Uniforms – Puerto Rico), and Cristina Zamora (Alfazeta Uniformes – Costa Rica).
And don’t tell Kathy, but I caught her! If anyone knows Kathy, our designer/owner/creator/trendsetter in charge is pretty shy…. But I failed to warn her, if you’re anywhere near the dance floor – you WILL be grabbed to dance!
I mean, what can I say? Every relationship has its moments. But our first international koi regional event was truly a success in so many ways and it’s definitely going to be a highlight to those retailers that participated. For those that wanted to be there, we sure did miss you! But don’t worry, koi is always designing happiness!