Take a bow: reimagining Vladivostok’s fashion scene
To misquote Plato, necessity is the mother of all creation. At least for Igor Karklin, a 21-year-old economics student whose failure to find a single decent bow tie in his hometown Vladivostok prompted him to design and create his own. Karklin, a skinny jeans-wearing baby-faced faced Jonathan Rhys Meyers lookalike, didn’t waste any time in acquiring the skills he needed for his new trade. He found a tailor who agreed to make bow ties for a reasonable price and spent hours peering over his shoulder, learning how to design and cut patterns, choose the right fabric and use a sewing machine. He recalls the moment he created his first bow tie, without any help, with a sense of satisfaction. “I immediately put it on and looked in the mirror,” he says. “I realised that I could make something that people needed. Something beautiful yet practical.”
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