Ekaterina Kukhareva was born in Ukraine and grew up moving between Denmark, Ukraine and later England, as a student at Kent College, Canterbury.
Ekaterina Kukhareva studied at Central Saint Martin's where she completed her BA in Textile Design. Graduating in 2009 saw her working for Temperley London where her love for womenswear was evident and led her to design womenswear with focus on patterns and prints. Before establishing her eponymous label in 2011, Ekaterina Kukhareva went a step further and trained as a specialised knitwear technician on the industrial knitting machine, STOLL, which takes pride of place in her studio in Chelsea.
Intricate knowledge of yarn behaviour, various knitting techniques and technical expertise allow Ekaterina to transfer patterns and prints into 3D in form of womenswear. Ekaterina’s technical knowledge, coupled with modern design, allow her to manipulate all the different elements in order to produce colourful, bold, yet flattering and wearable womenswear line. The integrated business model and in house manufacturing allows Ekaterina to provide her customers with unique “Made to Measure” and personalised products to suit different needs, budgets and shape.
Each collection is inspired and based around a specific set of patterns, which are very much a part of Ekaterina Kukhareva brand and form the DNA of the brand. These patterns are translated into wearable items of clothing which range in their composition from overcomplicated, colourful and bold 4 colour jacquard to single solid colour woven fabrics with intricate and elaborate design done in acetate clear yarn. The collections are presented biannually during the respective fashion weeks in New York, London and Paris.
Autumn/Winter 2014 saw Ekaterina Kukhareva collaborate with Anthropologie USA under their Made in Kind label, which saw her oversized rose-pattern pencil skirt in stores across the nation. The following seasons’ repeat collaboration cemented Ekaterina’s mainstream appeal and wearability factor with a difference and she continues to have a presence with Anthropologie USA.
At Ekaterina Kukhareva we believe in giving back and regularly support charities and causes close to our hearts such as: Gracious Heart Foundation, British Red Cross Fashion Show 2015, Box Park Red Cross Pop Up Shop, Trinity Hospice Charity, Amber Lounge Fashion (under patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco).
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