24 October 2016

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Biggest store with Ukrainian-made clothes opens on Khreshchatyk - Kyiv Post

Ukraine’s biggest store selling outfits and accessories made by local producers, Vsi Svoi, opened in central Kyiv this week, according to the Kyiv Post.

Volodymyr Petrov
Volodymyr Petrov

The store, at 27 Khreshchatyk St., opened in the premises of the former Grand Gallery premium clothing store. The store’s three floors stock around 150 Ukrainian brands of clothes, accessories, bags, lingerie and shoes, the Kyiv Post reported. 

All of the Ukrainian-made items were selected up by the store’s owner, Anna Lukovkina, the founder of the Vsi Svoi market, which is held in the city’s D12 Gallery once a month.

With Ukrainian-made goods proving popular after the EuroMaidan Revolution, Lukovkina decided to gather them all together in one place.

Kyiv authorities ban sale of alcohol at night"People are often surprised by the quality and quantity of Ukrainian-made clothes, and their uniqueness," Lukovkina told the Kyiv Post.

She said that only the most popular brands on a market, made by those who make clothes for a living rather than hobbyists, won spots in the store. Once a brand has launched its own mass production, she said, they tend to make clothes of good quality at reasonable prices.

With the opening of the store, the market will now focus on young designers who are just presenting their first collections.

“People are sometimes very critical of local brands,” Lukovkina said. “If they see flaws in the clothes at mass markets, they’re OK with it. But if some local brand makes mistakes (with their clothes in the store), the negative feedback will be very strong. So I think we need to support them, and, in turn, they won’t let us down.”

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