Ukrainian hatter: even Gigi Hadid is delighted with his works

Ukrainian fashion has been gaining momentum in recent decades. Many Ukrainian brands have become famous all over the world. It is no secret that Ukrainians are very talented people. Today we want to tell you about one incredibly gifted Ukrainian whose hats are known worldwide. 

Ruslan Baginskiy is a Ukrainian designer and founder of the Ruslan Baginskiy brand. Famous singers, actresses and models wear his products, and recently The New York Times wrote about him. Baginskiy himself lives and develops his brand in Kyiv.

At 20, Ruslan started working as a stylist and realised he wanted to create accessories. Baginsky invented his first hat for a photo shoot, which is how his brand’s history began. His parents helped him with the money to launch the first collection.

‘I am a man of family values. I appreciate the hospitality. I try to put it in my brand. Thanks to my mother, I learned to be a workaholic who celebrates victories every day of life. And I am very grateful for that,’ Ruslan told Forbes about himself.

As you know, at first, the brand was niche and hats were ordered mainly by men. But now everything has changed, and more women are among the customers. Baginsky sells hats all over the world. Famous personalities wear his works of art, such as model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, Victoria’s Secret ‘angel’ Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, singers Taylor Swift, Madonna, Janelle Monae and Alicia Keys, a blogger Chiara Ferragni and Vogue Japan editor-in-chief Anna Dello Russo.

In 2017 Ruslan held his first presentation at Ukrainian Fashion Week. In November of the same year, he received the first award at the Ukrainian Best Fashion Awards.

The whole Ruslan Baginskiy collection consists of contrasting elements. It combines original colours, gilded spikelets and handmade medical bandages.

The collection includes a straw hat in the sun’s shape and jewellery wreaths. There is chain mail (a kind of armour in the form of a shirt made of metal rings — ed.) and masks made of silicone material, decorated with white openwork inflorescences, which perfectly maintain their shape with the help of gelatin. Folklore motifs, advanced innovative technologies and the skill of jewellery art harmoniously combine in each brand’s brainchild. The grains for the ears were cast from gold and silver metal and then strung by hand.

Every year Ruslan surprises with his creativity and new creations. In February 2020, the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, wore a Ruslan Baginskiy headdress to a reception with Pope Francis. Watching our Ukrainian brand’s creativity is fascinating, so we look forward to new collections.

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