"Russian folklore and traditions have always inspired me and I really enjoy taking those stories and elements of history and bringing them to the modern age".
Inspired by our Russian heritage, Vilshenko designs blend a modern aesthetic with a timeless feminine style. Delicate floral prints, quality fabrics and classic cuts make every item of Vilshenko clothing as unique as the woman wearing them.
Vilshenko clothing always features traditional Russian clothing styles and patterns, such as khokhloma or gzhel, which I think are incredibly beautiful and lend themselves perfectly to modern fashion.
Originally from the Ural region of Russia, Olga Vilshenko received an early fashion education surrounded by quality craftsmanship, passed down through generations. She would watch her mother, who created beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces for her family, bypassing the swathe of austere shapes found in clothes stores during the Communist times.
Olga was always inspired by her mother’s talent, and the commitment to creating beauty within restraint stayed with Olga into adulthood. She later pursued herambition by honing her self-taught skills at the Institute of Fashion and Art in Russia, eventually supplementing her formal education at London’s Istituto Marangoni.
Olga’s first collection for VILSHENKO was presented for Spring/Summer 2011, effortlessly fusing her eastern heritage with western silhouettes to create a distinctively modern luxury label with a traditional folkloric twist. Since then, the brand has captured the attention of leading retailers, editorial platforms and style influencers across the globe.
Previously based in Moscow where she opened the first VILSHENKO boutique in Autumn 2014, Olga is now permanently based in London and designs from the brand’s atelier in Baker street.
May 2018 saw the launch of VILSHENKO.COM, the brand’s first e-commerce platform, as well as a new resort-wear line named VILSHENKO MORYE (meaning ‘the sea’ in Russian) – a capsule of timeless resort styles, staying true to the brand’s bohemian qualities.
VILSHENKO is a favourite amongst many fashion icons such as Florence Welch, Natalia Vodianova, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne
Hathaway and many more. The brand is often featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar to name a few.
The list of international stockists spans from Net-a-Porter, through Bergdorf all the way to Tsum.