KSENIASCHNAIDER FW2023 collection was designed during the war and produced under air raid sirens in Ukraine. The collection, which is inspired by the designer’s escapism into a world full of joy, features bright colors and playful designs. It is not only a celebration of joy and positivity but also a powerful symbol of resilience and resourcefulness.
One of the notable features of the collection are apparel made from dead stock ties. This is a powerful symbol, as men in Ukraine no longer need ties – they are wearing military uniforms instead. To create this part of the collection, KSENIASCHNAIDER received thousands of ties from a big store, which were then upcycled into skirts, blazers, and shirts with a meaningful message.
Here also features bags from recycled polyester – KS Power Bag & Platform Bag. The process of designing and developing an accessories line took the brand a year. All samples were handcrafted in Ukraine. In addition, zero-waste shoes, made of denim leftovers, a new concept that reduces textile waste and promotes a circular economy.
The collection is notable for its commitment to sustainability. Besides upcycled ties, KSENIASCHNAIDER has used eco-friendly materials throughout the collection, ensuring that every piece is as kind to the planet as it is beautiful.
Ksenia and her team hope that their work will inspire others to find moments of happiness and joy, even in the darkest of times.