Behind the brand Masha Maria is Amsterdam born designer, Olga Kotova. Olga is deeply passionate about outerwear and transformation. That's why she is creating her garments using upcycling techniques, which gives them new shapes. All her garments are handcrafted, hence unique.
For the Winter Collection 19/20 vintage wool blankets were sourced around Holland with special attention to sunny and warm color palette. She takes Slow Fashion movement seriously and creates styles to embrace the power of self expression. She is ambitious, stubborn and hard to define.
Most influential person in your life?
My grandmother Maria. Her lust for life and impeccable style every day.
Tried and true methods against creative block?
Movies from 1960s and contemporary art.
What are some inspiration things, designs, artists, music, sites that you find yourself re-visiting often?
Balenciaga, Nikki Chasin, Wes Anderson, FOAM (photography museum in Amsterdam)
If you could have 3 people for dinner, dead or alive, who would you invite?
Woody Allen, Salinger, Michelangelo Antonioni
Favorite cities? Why?
New York - inspiration and energy
Roma - lifestyle and beauty
Moscow - homeplace and its contradictions
Open and curious people
Make it happen moments
Grey and gloomy weather