ExCLUsIVELy OURS: cORmIO

We speak to founder Jezabelle Cormio on her inspirations, icons and styling tips. 

WORDS BY REBECCA RHYS-EVANS

Exclusive to KOIBIRD, cult Italian label Cormio is rebranding knitwear as we know it. After graduating from the prestigious fashion design programme at the Royal Academy of Antwerp in 2013, founder Jezabelle Cormio worked on mens and eveningwear capsule collections before founding her namesake label in 2019.

Cutesy but cool, striking but sweet, Cormio bridges the gap between Little House on the Prairie and 90s grunge. Loved by the likes of Dua Lipa and Olivia Rodriguez, and a firm favourite at KOIBIRD HQ, it’s only a matter of time before you see Cormio on the backs of the fashion elite — just remember, you heard it here first.

Jezabelle’s Italian upbringing (she was born in New York and raised in Rome) can clearly be seen in the luxurious quality of her garments. Created with mohair and merino wool, Cormio’s series of cardigans and jumpers are a playful take on your conventional ‘granny knit’. Its high-sitting rollnecks and romantic hand-embroidered florals have become a signature for the brand – forget Hot Girl Summer, Sad Victorian Girl Autumn is officially in town.

One of the brand’s defining features is its exquisite colour palette, a plethora of pastel pinks, baby blues and lilacs set against canary yellows, primary reds and black. In keeping with the trend of cottagecore (which never seems to dissipate) there’s puffed-shoulders, ruffled-edging and a lot of crochet. Despite all this, Cormio has a timeless appeal – and we love it.  

DESCRIBE YOUR BRAND IN 3 WORDS

Cute - sexy - intellectual.

HOW AND WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR MATERIALS?

We source all our materials and produce all our collections in Italy.

Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater

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Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater

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Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt

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Helga Mohair Knit Skirt

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Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater

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Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater

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Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater
Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater

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Oma Mohair Turtleneck Sweater

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Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt
Helga Mohair Knit Skirt

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Helga Mohair Knit Skirt

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Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater

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Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater

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WHEN DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT FOR CORMIO, WHY SUCH A FOCUS KNITWEAR?

The knitwear focus just happened on its own. The first sweater I ever made was our Oma sweater, back then I didn’t know it would become our core style.

BE IT ART, CINEMA, MUSIC, LITERATURE - IS THERE A WORK OF ART OR ARTIST, ERA OR MOOD THAT YOU OFTEN LOOK TO FOR INSPIRATION?

Lately I’m looking at things I used to love when I was a teenager like Fruits magazine and skanky Nicole Ritchie vibes.

WHAT MAKES A CLASSIC CORMIO PIECE?

I don’t think I do classic! But a classic Cormio is all in the colour.

WHAT IS THE MOST SENTIMENTAL ITEM YOU POSSESS?

When my daughter was born, our main embroidery lady gifted her a hot pink cardigan with her name embroidered all over it and it now lives in my sock drawer.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

“Wait until you’re ready and don’t rush”, given by Ann Demeulemeester in an elevator. I didn’t really follow this - but I can recognise a point in my life in which I became ready and it puts my mind at ease to think that everything that came before led to then. Adding insult to injury, I would probably give the same advice to the next person.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BRAND THAT WILL SURPRISE US.

Whenever the first samples come in for a new season, I always think I have finally made a hideous collection.

Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top

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Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top

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Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt

Cormio

Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt

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Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater

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Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater

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Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater

Cormio

Daphne Merino Knit Sweater

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Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top
Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top

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Isabella Hand Embroidered Knit Top

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Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt
Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt

Cormio

Mafalda Contrast Mohair Knit Midi Skirt

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Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater
Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater

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Kat Hand Embroidered Knit Sweater

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Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater
Daphne Merino Knit Sweater

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Daphne Merino Knit Sweater

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WHAT'S YOUR HERO PIECE AND HOW SHOULD YOU STYLE IT?

You should style our preppy skirts with cheesy T-shirt’s and our sweaters with leather trousers or jeans.

WHO ARE THE ULTIMATE CORMIO STYLE ICONS?

Paula Yates, Elle Woods, Sabrina Fuentes.

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