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We are Janelle & Fulya.

We believe that every woman is superwoman, and our clothes should reflect that.

In our world, a product cannot just be one product - it should be as versatile as we are.

With a dream of reducing our wardrobe and elevating our daily life, we have designed the ideal collection
of multi-functional live-in items for our #LifeOnTheMove. 



We design with your needs in mind first

We define a new comfort zone for a dynamic lifestyle

We think of function through fabric

We curate styles to wear in multiple ways

We help you feel at ease wherever life takes you


Meet Our Founders:

Janelle: Co-Founder, Brand Manager

Call her a globe trotter, a fitness lover, an entrepreneur. Janelle seems to be born and bred for the unpredictable entrepreneurial lifestyle. After finishing undergrad at Santa Clara University in California, she uprooted herself and moved to Turkey to explore a side of her culture that was yet untapped. Leaving behind previous work as a marketing director of a fashion mobile app and a prospective career in retail & fashion, she somehow knew there was something waiting for her in the far away city of Istanbul. As one year turned into four, what blossomed in that time was a partnership with her cousin and long lost soul-mate Fulya, and the birth of Chikirina. 

Fulya: Co-Founder, Creative Director 

They say movement is the song of the body. For Fulya, its that and more. Dancer, turned costume designer, turned fashion designer; creativity seems to flow for her as fluid as water. This spirited individual has always been drawn to the road less travelled, more interested in carving out her own path in the bustling city of Istanbul. After paying her corporate dues as a designer for KYO my Friend, New Yorker, and Koton, she was more than ready to work for herself and the unpredictable world of building her own business. With the right partner by her side, she was finally ready to express herself fully as co-founder and creative director of Chikirina.




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