Growing up in the USSR where variety and choice were scarce, shop shelves bare and everything dominated by a dreary colour palette, drove me to desire to be different. I rebelled by customising my apparel and begging my parents to have my clothes made rather than bought in order to stand out from the crowd. My first school uniform was made by a local seamstress and my first ever pendent carved from a silver rouble by a family friend. So living in London presented me with a greater challenge. Vintage, bespoke and my precious buys from my travels became an answer.