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Global Designer Spotlight: Inna from Hamilton, Canada


 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012

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Inna Clothing Co. combines artistic inspiration and family passion all spanning oceans and eras.

 

By: Marina Radovanovic

Toronto, Canada

 

Local Canadian designers from Hamilton, Ontario — Inna and Kirill, a fascinating new designing duo are working busily behind the scenes creating amazing new fashions for those who enjoy personal and attentive shopping experiences. Inna and Kirill, a mother and son team, joined forces after spending some years apart to materialize their talent. While both are destined for the fashion/design world, they worked separately until the idea struck them!

 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012

 

Inna, a native of the Ukraine, had already been working on design and developed her own clientele. Kirill, who spent years in Australia came to Canada to join his mother’s business, and pursue the fashion industry together, and thus: Inna Clothing Co. was born!

 

“A while ago, I used to be part of an event planning collective where a lot of local boutiques would gather together and show off their collections, as well as hold small fashion shows for the public.” Kirill notes, “my first thought to actually get into the design industry stems from this experience; as I always wanted to improve on our shows and was thinking of ways on how to source the best collections possible”.

 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012

 

At the moment Inna’s Clothing Co. is operating online,  distributing through their own website, attending certain functions and reached success thus far due to ‘word of mouth’. Inna has been very busy designing and creating fashions for her clientele for years, which steadily grew. However, it is not to say that one day they just might decide to open a ‘brick and mortar’ store.

 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012

 

I asked whether they had their fashion line shown at fashion shows, and Kirill informs that they did participate at The Clothing Show last year in Toronto. Even though they do plan other events for showcasing their designs, Kirill notes that they are involved in creating artistic fashions at this moment, “we do a pop up shop every Saturday at KiWe (King West Kitchen) restaurant called Market on King with a few other fabulous local designers”.

 

Another source of a designer’s venue for them is attending clothing trade shows. Kirill states, “the local media has also been very supportive of us in the past year or so”. Therefore, Inna and Kirill have had success through these sources in showcasing, and advertising their products.

 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012

 

I asked Kirill how do they incorporate their unique fashions into the stream of Canada’s multiculturalism, and what makes their fashions stand out? Kirill states, “we include various cultural influences in our designs (European, N. American and Australian) as we have lived on all three continents at one point or another. Canada has been a great catalyst for getting these ideas together”.

 

The elements they use to make their fashions unique include: minimalism, and use of unconventional materials; including the use of metal, patent leather, plastic and vinyl in their designs! Kirill’s inspirations derive from various sources, and he tells me it changes from time to time. Currently he likes Pierre Cardin’s fashions due to his unorthodox use of various materials in his couture pieces.

 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012

 

My thoughts of this duo led me to ask Kirill, “who designs the pieces, Inna or you?” and Kirill informs, “we both design, and it shows quite a bit of how our differing styles fuse together to become a seamless expression of who we are as a collective. Our vision of what a piece should look like is actually quite similar, but we get there in two different ways. I think it adds a good mix to the designs!” Because of Inna’s greater experience with design and sewing; she sews more but Kirill and Inna then step back to look and decide at the creation and discover what can be reworked or not.

 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012.

 

While Inna may still cater to her exclusive clientele providing them with fashions, the mother/son duo are focused on a more mass production business with respect to Inna’s Clothing Co.

 

 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012

 

Apart from Pierre Cardin as Kirill’s motivation and inspiration for new creations in designs, he also enjoys the outdoors where he can simply let his thoughts wander. Various eras also inspire the duo, “such as the 60’s to the present and beyond!” They both like minimalistic art and that movement is inspiring, because “it’s simple to look upon but so much feeling can be conveyed” Kirill states.

 

While both Inna and Kirill lived in different countries it had permitted them to create and maintain a dramatic impact on how they perceive their designs and pieces. Even though they do keep a close eye on trends, and what’s the current focus on fashion — they have their own unique design style which incorporates cultures, and generations too!

 

 

Inna Clothing Co.

Inna Clothing Co. Spring/Summer 2012

 

Kirill and Inna have been working together at Inna’s Clothing Co. for approximately one year now, and envision a bright future ahead with new collections, and clientele. Kirill notes, “our ambitions include; pushing boundaries in terms of accessible, yet unconventional design. We want our collections to stand out, but so that women can also just throw the pieces on and look fabulous and unique simultaneously!”

 

It seems that this fashion design duo is headed for greater success as they both are working hard, and striving to create and then showcase their collections at various venues.

 

To visit the exquisite fashion line and collection (including the soon to be displayed Spring/Summer 2012 collection) of this remarkable company visit: www.innacc.com .

 

Photography courtesy of Inna Clothing Co. 

 

 

*Marina is a successful author, a history buff and adores classic literature. This Torontonian relishes in the  exploration of  unchartered fashion routes to discover talent that should be noted by everyone. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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