Those who know me know that I'm an obsessive lover of all things bohemian. So when I first discovered Vyshyvanka (the name for traditional Ukrainian blouses) by Vita Kin on Instagram a year ago, I knew I had to find out more about the Ukrainian label.
Inspired by traditional Slavic designs, the linen dresses with its Aztec embroidery, puffy sleeves and tassels are what dreamy summer dresses are made of. Officially the go-to summer dress of Miroslava Duma, Leandra Madine and Natasha Goldenberg, Vita Kin's designs has quickly gained a strong fashion following since.
The cult brand then — you could only get her pieces if you were in Kiev — was only available through appointments made with the designer herself or at various Eastern European boutiques. Now, the brand has finally launched into the international market with selected pieces sold on Net-A-Porter and Matchesfashion.com.
Before you let the price of the intricately embroidered dresses put you off, here's what you should know about her designs. Each piece (blouse, dress or romper) takes three weeks to make and is completely hand-sewn. Vita Kin's artisans are required to go through a month long training to learn time-honoured sewing techniques. These methods are then used to piece together the sleeves, cuffs and collars of her creations.
While her highly demanded mini and midi dresses are currently sold out online, we've been told that her fall collection will be released for sale soon enough. That means more time for us to save up for the traditional Ukrainian frocks.