Touring an Atelier
On a recent trip to St. Petersburg, on an amazing trip organized by Indagare, I had the privilege to tour the atelier of Larissa and Alexandra Pogoretskaya. This hyper-talented family, mother and daughter, respectively, along with the husband/father who is a world class photographer, works and creates together in a floor of a nondescript St. Petersburg building. Don’t be fooled by the exterior. Their floor houses the entire production of their business. Seeing the creativity happen–from design, to production, to final product–was inspirational.
Everywhere I looked there was a vignette that made me want to look closer.
My favorite pieces were the gauzy lace blouses–seemingly so fragile, but with a nod to 60s rock and roll, the tailored coats using the softest leather and buttons made from old coins, and the accessories–the hats and jewelry. I don’t think the jewelry is available to purchase, but it was used rather to set a mood. The Pogoretskayas may want to rethink that as their aesthetic would make a fabulous jewelry line.
My regret is not having more time to have something made to order. I’m a little jealous of a fellow traveler who is a sample size and bought two beautiful coats off the rack! You know who you are! What a perfect, unique souvenir.