Bobkova’s new pieces are made from folkweave and flourish in colors of the Indian summer. The designer drew inspiration from a trip to the Carpathians. The well-known granny carpets were used to make shoes, bags, jewelry, and clothes in the Ukrainian brand’s studio.
A significant figure of the Ukrainian fashion scene, Kristina Bobkova founded her brand at the age of twenty-three and has been a resident at Ukrainian fashion weeks since 1998 with her pret-a-porter collections. The very essence of Bobkova lies in stretching gender stereotypes and fusing masculine, feminine, and traditional Japanese sewing patterns. The desired effect: pieces that radiate strength, confidence, and femininity at the same time. The brand also has its own unique take on occasional wear, so the clothes are appropriate for any time and occasion, whether you’re going to a formal event or want to spend time in comfort at home.
The collection initially intended to have a northern theme, but the pandemic took the designer to the Carpathian villages of Krivorivnya, Javoriv, and Vorokta, where she immersed herself in the local craft traditions and the historical diversity of the region. Thus, the local rags became the primary reference for the collection, and the inspiration was used to create various styles and products. The seemingly imperfect, playful texture is quite laborious; it represents the fruits of some sixty hours of work by five craftsmen. Real treasures for fans of traditional craft techniques!