MAGAZINE July 16th, 2021

MUL OLGA

 

Hand embroidery teacher, seamstress and stylist, Olga Mul defines herself as daughter of the world. Born in Ukraine to a Polish mother and Austrian father, she lived in Germany where she studied and worked, until she moved to Italy. Today she works with small craftsman workshops in Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Morocco, creating handmade clothes with a unique flavor and ancient embroidery tecniques.  

How and why did you start your brand?

“It was a combination of things. First of all, the idea of ​continuing to work besides being a mother and the desire of believing in myself; and then, fate: from an early age I always knew that I would work in clothing. More than a stylist, coming from a humble family, I always thought I would be a seamstress. In addition, in my heart I felt the need to push people not to depend on brands, rather to strongly express their personality, wearing unique pieces ".

What is your idea of​​ sustainability?

"For the exact same reason why you are unique, wear unique things, but those expressing a story, an idea, their roots. Do it for yourself, for your children and for the world around you. What's more beautiful than an imperfect fabric, made by human hands? It is like a painting, a work of art to proudly hand down ". 

Behind your work there is also an ethical approach. Can you tell us?

«Yes, basically I interact with artisans who often don't have great economic stability. So my work becomes a real social enterprise. I make clothing, it is true, certainly not saving human lives. However, in my own small way, I try to heal and sublimate human relationships. It is the same with my clients: whoever writes me, already  knows that I will be the one answering back».

Tell us about your latest collection.

“The truth is that there is neither a first nor a last collection. Let's say I have a story, to which new words are added, without seasons, or sizes, or gender differences. Among the latest products I made, slippers made in Morocco starting from old Kilim rugs represent very well my idea of reuse ". 

Fashion: an instrument of expression or a manifesto of intentions?

"Both. We are what we eat as well as what we wear. With our clothes we communicate with each other and with our children, who like sponges absorb our values ​​».

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