Anna October

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Anna October (Ukrainian: Анна Октябрь, romanizedAnna Oktyabr, born 31 December 1991) is a Ukrainian fashion designer who works in Paris, France. In 2014, she was a finalist for the LVMH Prize.[1]

Early life

October was born in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Her ancestors took the surname October after the October Revolution of 1917. Her mother was a lieutenant colonel in the police department. October learned the craft of sewing and fashion design at the Zaporizhzhia College of Technology and Design and at an art school in Odessa.[2]

Career

October founded her label in Odessa in 2010.[3] Ukraine's antiquated customs system made growth outside of the European Union difficult for Ukrainian fashion designers; therefore, she works in Paris.[4] Customs prevented her ability to import new fabrics.[4] She began reusing her own stock and aspires to be a sustainable brand.[5] October's brand is known for its slip dresses and knitwear.[6]

Russo-Ukrainian war and business restructuring

On 24 February when the Russian military attacked Kyiv with bombardment, October was forced to flee her home in the middle of the night with few items and rescue documents and money from her business, although she had to leave her stock behind.[7] She made the journey to Bucharest, Romania, having spent a day at a remote house in the forest, and then flew to Paris. Her employees have moved operations to Estonia and Western Ukraine.[7][8] On account of her employees sending the pieces over, October was able to show her collection during Paris Fashion Week.[8] October is donating 30% of her sales to UNICEF[6] and has partnered with Julie Pelipas, a former editor for Vogue Ukraine, to support Ukrainian fashion designers.[9]

References

  1. ^ Mower, Sarah. "Behind the News: The Real Life of Two Emerging Ukrainian Fashion Designers". Vogue. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Anna October for joie de vivre". The Odessa Journal. 10 June 2020. Archived from the original on 24 June 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  3. ^ Salmon, Natalie (11 March 2022). "Anna October's latest collection is a tribute to Paris and a message of resilience". Hello!. Archived from the original on 5 May 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b Swash, Rosie (27 March 2014). "Ukrainian fashion: style on the frontline". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 April 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  5. ^ "The Ukrainian fashion brands to support right now". Vogue Scandinavia. Archived from the original on 16 March 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b Cochrane, Lauren (10 April 2022). "'Economy wins wars': the projects helping shoppers to support Ukraine". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 April 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  7. ^ a b Street, Chloe (1 March 2022). "Ukrainian fashion star Anna October: 'I went from designer to refugee overnight — our situation only gets worse'". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 14 April 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  8. ^ a b Isaac-Goizé, Tina (9 March 2022). ""I Have No Space for Being Scared"—Ukrainian Designer Anna October on the Healing Power of Her Work". Vogue. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 16 June 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  9. ^ Newbold, Alice (13 May 2022). ""I Have No Intention To Give Up The Business Of My Life": Ukrainian Designer Anna October Is On A Mission". Vogue UK. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
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