“The Other Koch Brothers…”
- The New York Times
Born entrepreneurs and former D1 athletes on The Ohio State Wrestling Team, identical twin brothers Derek & Daniel Koch moved from Columbus, Ohio to New York City in September 2002 to study filmmaking and have been living in the big apple ever since - building their brand in both the hospitality and real estate industries.
Since 2002, the Koch Twins have been an active force in NYC hospitality, starting as protégés of Philippe Delgrange, Thierry Gelromini, Patrick Cabido, Aymeric Clemente, Jean-Baptiste Parvaix, and William Abadie at the celebrated Upper East Side French restaurants, Le Bilboquet and Le Charlot. After studying film at NYU SPS, the brothers subsequently played key roles as marketing directors at In The Buzz in the promotional efforts of NYC’s top nightlife venues such as Pink Elephant and Pacha and opened their first restaurant-club, Jour et Nuit at the age of 25 with Blake Seo and Frederick Lesort in 2007.
In 2008, the partners formed Dual Groupe, a boutique hospitality-marketing and promotional company where they launched their now-legendary event concept, Day & Night. The original location, Merkato 55 in the Meatpacking District, became a scene-changing phenomenon, and the trend caught on at such elite Manhattan venues as Cipriani Downtown, The Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room, and Buddha Bar where they would go on to produce the pop-up every weekend for the next 5 years. Expansion to the Hamptons, St. Barth’s, Art Basel Miami, St. Tropez, Cannes, and Sundance Film Festivals attributed to their success and solidified the brothers as a global firebrand in the event and hospitality business.
In 2010, the duo partnered with Russian hospitality group, the Ginza Project to open French boîte MPD, the first restaurant in history to earn a Michelin Recommendation while having a DJ booth in the main dining room. Major companies such as Moët Hennessy USA and brands like Red Bull sought partnerships with the brothers, who went on to conceptualize and open their next two establishments, Asian-Fusion restaurant-nightclub, TOY, at the Hotel Gansevoort with Jeffrey Chodorow from China Grill Management and French Restaurant Château Cherbuliez inside Peter Gatien's former land-marked nightclub venue, The Limelight.
In 2013, the Koch’s helped produce their own reality tv show on the E! Network called “Playing with Fire" which aired after the Kardashian's. At this time, up-and-coming artists, The Chainsmokers were performing at their Day & Night events regularly, and while having produced well over 300 events; the twins created DMK Entertainment Group - which would take them to Dubai to consult alongside premier hospitality group, Pragma. Upon their return in 2014, the brothers were named creative directors at Space Ibiza New York - the largest nightclub to open in the city in over a decade.
Throughout their careers, the twins have created, branded, and opened over a dozen successful restaurants and nightclubs. They have consulted alongside numerous leading-luxury brands and collaborated with some of the industry's top-influences while having appeared in a number of leading publications including profile pieces in both The New York Times and the New York Post.
Today, the Koch Twins have returned to their roots as filmmakers - currently developing a documentary tv series for 2021 and beyond. At the same time, the brothers are fully active in residential and commercial sales, licensed with Compass, and members of downtown’s top-producing sales Toni Haber Team in New York and Polaris Pacific in Seattle. They continue to break the mold as entrepreneurs with their cutting-edge creativity, business savvy, and white-glove, client-centric service while maintaining their athletic lifestyle in the sport of triathlon with dreams of qualifying to the prestigious Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.