Located in a historic building on a tree-lined street in Kiev, the new showroom of Ukrainian womenswear brand Litkovskaya has been designed by local interior design practice Studio Yura Khlop as a reflection of the brand’s minimalist philosophy, urban vibe and androgynous aesthetic. Taking over the entire fourth floor of the elegant early 20th century building on Turgenivska Street, the new premises include Litkovskaya’s head office, a sewing workshop, and a large exhibition and retail space. Eclectically combining the refined elegance of French classicism and European modernism with the austere functionalism of industrial design, designer Yura Khlop has created a haven of understated finesse and luxurious craftsmanship that embodies Litkovskaya’s laconic sophistication.
Founded by Ukrainian fashion designer Lilia Litkovskaya in 2006, the brand is underpinned by Lilia’s passion for detailed tailoring and austere silhouettes, often using complicated constructions and intricately cut patterns to create simple yet intriguing forms. Running through the collections is an androgynous sensibility, whereby menswear features, such as oversized coats and jackets and classic suit fabrics, are artfully combined with feminine elements such as drapery, accentuated waistlines and sumptuous textures, further enhancing the clothes’ beguiling nature.
For the showroom’s interior design, Khlop was inspired by the brand’s androgynous looks to harmoniously bring together two contrasting aesthetics. While the decorative wall mouldings, velvet upholstery and sleek brass sconces evoke the elegance of classic Parisian interiors, the polished epoxy resin floors, metallic displays, and exposed, black-painted ceiling beams inject an industrial vibe. But what makes these elements work so well together is the designer’s minimalist approach and his attention to detail. From the plaster mouldings which Khlop has hand-drawn and bespoke radiator covers, to the mirrored coat rack and custom made brass wall lights, the showroom is a symphony of exquisite detailing and craftsmanship.
The showroom’s eclectic aesthetic extends to the modernist furniture selection, mostly bought at Italian flea markets, whose vibrant blue hues boldly complement the dominant black and white colour palette, fittingly echoing Litkovskaya’s recent runways where subdued black and white outfits were intermingled with hot pinks, baby blues and gold.