Korean-American born Colette K. Young is the Editor in Chief and Creative Director of Coco Zaza. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. The blog started in April 2014 when Coco moved to Paris and consisted of curated images, writings, and personal thoughts on a variety of interests ranging from fashion to technology to travel. Coco holds degrees in International Trade & Marketing and Fashion Merchandising Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has also attended Harvard Business School, New York Stern School of Business, and Parsons: The New School for Design.
Coco has previously worked in Luxury Goods, Venture Capital, and now currently resides in early-stage technology, specializing in consumer products, retail, and marketplaces. Coco is extremely interested in the retail space and how utilizing technology simplifies and creates value for its customers. She has a deep appreciation for the challenges that face the majority of retailers in todays world. This has led her to a long history of working with consumer brands to make them better prepared for this evolving, digital industry.
Coco serves as a youth mentor for UN-Habitat's Global Youth Fund, where she mentors young entrepreneurs in developing countries on their sustainability projects. In 2013, she co-founded a not-for-profit organization called The Happiness Assembly, where she is dedicated to spreading happiness worldwide through Ban Ki Moon's global initiative for happiness called GGH (Gross Global Happiness). The Happiness Assembly has been backed by The Rockefeller Foundation and is supported widely by The Mandela Foundation, by way of his grandchildren Ndaba and Kweku Mandela, as well as The Dalai Lama. Additionally, Coco is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence with entrepreneurial kiteboarding not-for-profit ACTAIL GLOBAL (fka MAITAI GLOBAL, INC.). She is the Director of Silent and Live Auction for their annual Ocean Gala, which recently raised over $800k for ocean conservation with Sir Richard Branson in late 2016. On her spare time, Coco collects Mid-Century Modern antiques, studies Botany, and works as an art dealer with Olsen Gruin Gallery on Orchard Street in New York City and with number of private collectors.
This is a site created to capture the personal style, adventure, and travel of Coco Zaza.