‘Once you discover, you fall in love’
This morning I took a break from my Fashion Consultancy and went to visit London Fashion Maker, Ekaterina Kukhareva in her Chelsea studio. Ekaterina is a Modern Day Luxury Maker in every sense and was making Modern Day Folk Lore well before it appeared on the runway as the most important trend for Spring Summer 2016.
With brand fans including Marie Claire magazine, who featured Ekaterina on the front cover, modelled by Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Ekaterina’s pieces real make their wearer stand out – never failing to make people stop and ask at parties and on the street.
As you may know I recently launched luxury Instagram shopping platform Bespoke Your World. The reason behind the platform is to provide a place where we can all find the best of the best unique luxury pieces – my aim is that we do the hard work for you.
At Bespoke Your World I personally curate only the very best pieces and unique luxury collections which I believe offer our community something truly special and Wow. Ekaterina’s designs match Bespoke Your World perfectly. Each piece is made in Ekaterina’s Chelsea studio, on a specialised knitwear machine creating the ultra-fine stitching her pieces are produced from. She designs each individual pattern digitally, on a program linked to the machine, allowing her to produce everything on site, from all natural viscose and lurex. It’s truly amazing to see all the stages of the making journey together in one studio, from design, to sampling, to making, to display. I could see the passion and love in Ekaterina’s face all through our morning together, but especially when she showed me a sneak peek of her designs for Spring-Summer 2017 on the screen, explaining her folklore inspired patterns are created.
Ekaterina comes from a long line of Fashion Makers. Her Russian grandfather wore two pairs of glasses from the many years he spent tailoring, and her face just beamed as she spoke about her stylish grandmother, a style icon of hers, who was the first one to encourage her to create and to follow her dream of building a brand.
As excited as I was about Ekaterina’s collection I was equally excited for Ekaterina’s passion about Bespoke Your World. I loved about Ekaterina’s explanation behind why she loves Bespoke Your World: ‘Here you can discover special pieces all together in one place. And once you discover, you fall in love’. Ekaterina just gets it without me explaining a thing. Bespoke Your World is your way to discover these amazing and Wow pieces, designed and crafted by hand by passionate makers, selected and curated by me, exclusively for you and direct on Instagram.
Once we met Ekaterina Kukhareva we fell in love. It was a truly special visit. Meeting makers and hearing their stories and passions is the life-blood of Bespoke Your World, and it’s humbling to see their hard work and dedication. Empowering makers like Ekaterina Wows me, and spurs me on when I’m having a hard day – and believe me, there are many – that together we are creating something super special and unique with this maverick platform.
Watch out for Ekaterina Kukhareva’s Wow pieces available to buy on the Bespoke Your World Instagram! Coming tomorrow we’re super excited to be offering a brand new piece from Autumn Winter 16 not in the shops until September, and available to buy at Bespoke Your World…
Follow Ekaterina on Instagram – @ekukhareva