Profiling | Anastasia Radevich
Many hardcore shoe fanatics are probably familiar with the name Anastasia Radevich, especially after she had launched her ‘Kinetik’ collection that took the media by storm. Renowned bloggers such as Susie Lau of Style Bubble showered praises and Luxirare’s Ji Kim herself owns several pairs of Radevich’s shoes.
It is easy to see why her shoes have generated so much interest in the fashion blogosphere. One of her most talked-about creation from the Kinetik collection is the fiber optic boots that lights up by flicking on a (hidden) switch. Not only that, the intricacy and fluidity of the heels and platforms themselves seem to defy gravity. Skeptics who thought that the shoes were just unwearable art pieces were silenced when Ji Kim (of Luxirare) confirmed that they shoes were indeed walkable.
Armed with an impressive CV – Radevich worked at Alexander Mcqueen and Nicholas Kirkwood once – the shoe designer continues to wow us with her latest collection aptly titled Dreamfall. Made of unconventional materials, the shoes resemble enchanting sea creatures found in the darkest depth of the oceans.
I caught up with Anastasia Radevich to find out a little bit more about her and her work.
When did you decide that you want to be a footwear designer? Was it a gradual change, or did you have an epiphany of making shoes one fine morning?
Anastasia: I was born in a family of shoe designers and I was always surrounded by creative ideas and the smell of leathers. I’m a third generation shoemaker who is very proud to continue the family tradition.
What was it like working at Alexander Mcqueen and Nicholas Kirkwood?
A: Fun and I have met lots of wonderful people there.
How did you start on your own label? I’m assuming that it must have not been an easy ride, but can you tell us how is it like to run your own business?
A: When I introduced my first collection I received a sizeable amount of interest from the public. The demand and positive feedback spurred me to continue what I did. There is no easy ride when it comes to running your own business, but it is very exciting as well.
What is the best and worst part about being an independent designer instead of working for an existing label?
A: The best part is that you can set the rules and break them if you want to. The worst part is the sleepless nights.
Let’s talk about your designs. Your shoes are brimming with technology, from the fiber optic lights to the use of materials. Do you require a team of engineers to execute your ideas? Can you describe the process that take place from the drawing board to the finished product?
A: First, I combine ideas in the sketchbook, followed by developing the first prototype myself, which requires a lot of time and patience. Every detail is scrutinised as the shoes are meant to not only be beautiful but comfortable and functional as well.
If you could collaborate with a designer, who would you do it with and why?
A: I have worked with a New York-based designer Katie Gallagher in her “A la disposition” collection, and there are more collaborations coming up for September, e.g. with Luxirare.
Will you consider diversifying your brand into other product categories? Can we expect an LED-lit handbag in the future?
A: Handbags and small accessories are on the map. As for the LED-lit handbag, why not!
– Gracia Ventus
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