Vitali Hakko (1913December 10, 2007) is a Turkish businessman from Jewish origin. He is the founder of Vakko which is one of Turkey’s most prestigious brands.


He was born in Yedikule, Istanbul in 1913. At 13 he started working as an apprentice in Mahmutpaşa, one of the commercial centres of Istanbul at the time, in the shop of Spiros who sold fabrics. Shortly after, he transferred as a salesman to Kupidis, a store that had always been his dream, in the Grand Bazaar.

There he not only sold fabrics but soon, demonstrating his intelligence, gusto and aptitude to his bosses, he started decorating the shop windows of Kupidis and many others in the Bazaar. He was awarded his first prize for a shop window he decorated for the annual window decoration competition organised at the Grand Bazaar.

In 1925, the Hat and Costume Reform declared by Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, set the groundwork of Vitali Hakko’s future and the Turkish ready-to-wear industry.

Hakko opened Şen Şapka (Happy Hat), his first store in Sultanhamam in 1934. In the years before World War II and the early years of the Republic Şen Şapka hatted women making this a fashion. Thus, Şen Şapka laid the foundations of Vakko, the most prestigious fashion label of modern Turkey. [1]

Production of printed silk scarves was started in 1948 and was followed by printed fabrics made of Turkish silk. Soon the fame of these products transcended the limits of the country and attracted the attention of foreign fashion designers. Vitali Hakko’s trips abroad during those years gave him the chance to meet and do business with many members of the European fashion industry.[citation needed]

Vitali Hakko decided to go into ready-to-wear in 1962 and opened his first store in Beyoğlu, the fashion centre of Istanbul at the time, and pioneered the modern store concept in Turkey.

Vakko factory was built in 1969. He created the fashion centres of Turkey in women’s, men’s, children’s ready-to-wear and accessories with the store opened in the capital Ankara followed by one in Izmir. Since then, Turkey has always referred to Vakko as “Fashion is Vakko”.

The Vakkorama label created in 1982 when his son Cem Hakko joined the company opened new horizons to the people of Turkey not only in the area of fashion and retailing but also with the cultural, artistic and sports activities it organised and sponsored.

Throughout the years, Vakko organised many events at home and abroad on behalf of various administrations for the promotion of Turkey. Vakko ties and scarves are still worn by many world leaders.

During more than 50 years of active professional life Vitali Hakko earned numerous awards and created a school in his sector. Vakko and Vitali Hakko are always mentioned in combination…

In the late 1980s, Vitali Hakko turned over all his duties to his son Cem Hakko. He died in December 10, 2007.

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