“The Other Koch Brothers…”
- The New York Times
Born entrepreneurs and former D1 athletes on The Ohio State Wrestling Team, identical twin brothers Derek and Daniel Koch moved from Ohio to New York City in 2002 and have not stopped chasing their dreams in the big apple ever since. For the past 18 years, the brothers are proud to have built their success and their prominent brand in the world’s greatest city; excelling in both New York’s 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 and Jean-Baptiste Parvaix at the celebrated Upper East Side French restaurants, Le Bilboquet and Le Charlot. They 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 twins formed Dual Groupe, a boutique hospitality-marketing and promotional company where they launched their world-renowned 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 weekly pop-up for the next five continuous 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 boite MPD, the first-ever restaurant in NYC 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 China Grill Management and French Restaurant Château Cherbuliez inside Peter Gatien's former land-marked nightclub venue, The Limelight.
In 2013, the Koch’s produced their own show on the E! Network called “Playing with Fire" which aired after the Kardashian's. At this time, an unknown DJ duo, The Chainsmokers were performing at their events regularly, and having produced well over 300 events, the twins formed DMK Entertainment Group - which would take them to Dubai to consult alongside premier hospitality group, Pragma. The next year, 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 industries top-influences while having appeared a number of leading publications including profile pieces in both The New York Times and the New York Post.
Today, the Koch Twins 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 Mark Von Der Burg 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.