Hometown: Kansas City / Dnepropetrovsk
My day starts with…
Coffee, a butter croissant, and running around
I fell in love with design…
before I can remember. I always loved ordinary things like art, fashion, and music. When I was really young we really had nothing. So if I wanted something uncommon I had to make it. When my friends or family saw things I made people always had such nice things to say, I remember that feeling I felt when I was complemented, it was addicting. So I kept doing it more and more.
When I’m working on my designs, I feel…
The designs I make are like a vortex made up of a flock of birds tirelessly flying through my mind until they are made. There is no rest for imagination, it's like constant new designs are appearing all the time more and more. It's an addictive form of stress because upon completion of every project I feel accomplishment. Working with my customer orders is a whole new set of feelings. When I work with a customer I get let in to a very personal environment. I'm allowed to learn who the person really is to be able to draw the extension of their personality through my design. I met some amazing people and build some fabulous friendships.
Who or what inspires your work and why?
I draw inspiration literally from everything. Every cognitive and emotional experience I am having grows a design in my mind. Encountering A new person allows me to experience new feelings and grows me as an artist. People are very inspirational. Sky is inspirational. Music is inspirational. When people love what I do is like an addiction. I absolutely love that feeling. I think it keeps me working the long hours.
What is your design training?
My design training started really early with art school for children. I obtained my Associates Degree in tailoring by the age of 17 and By 18 I had another Associates Degree in patternmaking. I went for my Bachelors in the Ukraine for Fashion Design. Living in the United States I learned from various Master Tailors and big companies. I had a fabulous experience working as a Master Taylor at Brooks Brothers. I Also worked in sales for St. John, both are amazing and beautiful companies. I constantly work on getting better, finding new trends, and new ideas. I deliver the newest fashion in the highest quality to my customers. I’ve worked in United States as a designer for my own label for about 7 years now. Three of which I have had my own brick and mortar store called, "Lucia's Sarto ".
I’d love to see one of my designs worn by…
Mrs. Obama , Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Bridget Bardot, Oprah Winfrey, Yoko Ono, Angelina Jolie, my Mom .
The best moment in my design career so far…
I can't pinpoint a specific moment. It's a gradual overwhelming amount of work and every moment is a tiny, tiny step up. I did not have a big break or lucky coincidence. It truly is very hard work every single day to become better and better. I am very blessed doing what I love to do. And success is just persistence and long and hard hours.
My goal for my design career is….
To do what I want, when I want. I truly do have the luxury of having my own business. And if I feel like making custom order gown of red silk I can. If I feel like painting a huge masterpiece I can. If I feel like designing a whole bridal collection I can. That is a luxury I always wanted. I am so thankful to be needed by my market. The goal is to always do more.
My mantra is…
"Beauty will save the world. (The beauty you see or seek will save the world)."
I believe all the things I create have a certain visual value. Not just tangible value of owning something, but visual value of inspiration. When your mind is enriched by experience your eyes have seen the power of inspiration of every day, just seeing the beautiful things. When I say things I don't mean stuff. I mean everything. Sky, water, weather, animals, art that's man-made and not, words that are spoken; actions that are taken can be beautiful. My choice of art is very visual. That is what I can do to inspire. When people come home from their busy lives open Facebook and just see a photo of something I made and it makes them feel something positive, makes them forget for a second the routine. People spend hours daily just looking at things live or via Internet to feel more, get inspired. Therefore, I'm there for them.