I studied fashion design at VMCAD, and currently studying for fashion marketing. I have been a part of charity fashion shows for the last five years, breast cancer charity benefit and toys for tots fashion show. I had an opportunity to be published in a couple of magazines and look forward to more to come. I had a chance to display my designs in the RAW showcase. I am currently working on making a permanent move to the west coast with my partner of 4 years, who is a fashion editorial hairstylist.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Anton. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I came to this country from Russia in 1996, and immediately felt a special connection to fashion. My grandmother was a seamstress her entire life, so in a way, I got the fashion bug from her. I remember sketching clothes in high school, way before I knew the concept of constructing garments. Looking back most of the clothes look unwearable but bringing my ideas to paper enabled me to have the passion I have today. I like to drape my pieces to give a one of a kind feel. When I work with a client, I sketch their ideas and bring their vision to life accordingly, but when I make a collection for a fashion show or a photo shoot, I let the fabric speak to me and inspire me. A lot of designers like to drape because it is incredibly freeing and therapeutic.
Anton, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Designer?
I started sketching when I was in 10th grade in high school, in fact, I still have the original sketchbook with me, and that's from a long time ago. I wanted to make clothes, and when I got accepted to fashion school, it wasn't the easiest for me to grab the sewing bug. My teacher believed and me, and I'm thankful to her because I ended up coming through and was able to make clothes. My first freelance job after college was to make maternity clothes, and everyone was terrified of stretch material. I'm glad that I took this opportunity because now I am able to work with any fabric which I very much enjoy. My next goal in life is to open a plus-size boutique and give my 'maisonettes' all the beautiful clothes.
Who is your inspiration in life Anton? How do you stay inspired as Designer?
People who came from nothing and achieved all of their goals are the ones that inspire me every day. I believe that determination is the biggest make it or break it factor. Some people tend to quit after the first fail; you need to keep running after your dreams.
We all make mistakes Anton; we wish we could take back. What was the error you made in the past that you want to you can bring back?
The only thing I regret is not going back to fashion school earlier in my life.
Anton, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
First, we have a glass of wine, and then I have them tell me their dream dress. I understand them right away that it is their moment and no one will take it away, and then we have another glass. It's all about having an organic and fun experience.
Please tell us, Anton, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I stopped having social life about a decade ago, for the exception of fashion shows and family events. I prioritise work, since it gets me closer to my dream, then family and friends.
Anton, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Anton, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Designer.
My proudest professional accomplishment is participating in charity fashion shows. I genuinely believe that giving back is a way of receiving.
Anton, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
The exciting part is always the ability to be free with my designs; the tricky part is being able to draw the line between free and crazy.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Designer?*
Do not lose focus and determination.
Photo: DSW Photography www.dswphotography.com Hair: Ranier Alexander IG: @ranier.alexander Model: Erin Lee IG: @erinonthedge