I study fashion in university. I’m crazy about fashion, it’s playing a big role in my life. Yet I don’t know exactly who I am and where I want myself to move on, so I am trying to work in different directions. On the one hand I create dark and depressive illustrations and on the other hand I prepare kids collections and some delicate fashion. Sometimes I think that there are more people living inside me. I reflect these different personalities within my work. Of course mood is another influencer, the designs depend a lot on how I feel in a particular moment.
I’m from Russia, Vladivostok. It’s a small town surrounded by the sea , not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. My town inspires me a lot because I can feel and experience the Asian mood here. Even the city itself seems like a half-blood person. Russian culture meets Asian culture, this place is unique. I have already visited Japan, China and Korea and noticed that each of this countries or somehow in my city. You can find them in the food, music, street styles or interiors. No matter where you go, you can feel foreign mood everywhere. My city is combining them all together, that’s wonderful.
Recently I have decided to design and create reticules. A reticule is a small «theatrical» handbag.
I’ve always been passionate about accessories and diligent hand working and embroidery has been my true love for ages. This project gives me the opportunity to mix both of my addictions.
When starting a new handbag, I never know for sure how the result will look like. I don’t think about the pattern before starting. The pattern will be born just in the moment I create it. This way every piece is unique and can’t be repeated the same way again. I decided to name it CE SOIR (tonight) because the bags suppose to create the feeling of wonderful nights out in the theater, watching the ballet or dining at a fancy restaurant. Theses purses are not for everyday but for theses special nights. But why not make these special nights happen more often?
For now I sell my work via my Instagram page, but I’ve already registered on „Etsy“ and „Lambada market“ (a platform for Russian independent designers and creators). I also consider the packaging of my products as very important. I’m packing the products into nice beige boxes and add rose brand cards into it. Soon I’m going to participate in a local design market, so I’m extremely exited. I will be selling my own creations for the first time! I really hope that people will like my reticules.
– Sasha (Alexandra) from Vladivostok, Russia
FUNNY FACT: The first time I was using a needle and a thread was when me and my granny were darning my toy rabbit’s panties. I can’t remember my age at that time, but I remember how exited I was about the fact that the hole on that panties disappeared with the help of my hands.