Shopping, for many, represents a necessity – for others it is a leisure activity in its own right. It is something people either love or loathe in equal measure. There are those that dread wondering from one shopping mall to another or those that can hone in on their target with absolute precision.
Catering to those who are drawn to shopping like moths to a flame, the only peril you may face is your bank account. Kyiv is a vibrant city with places to indulge in retail therapy in abundance. Look beyond the chain stores – it is easy to find up-and-coming young designers trying to show off their best ideas.
Kachorovvska Shoe Atelier
It started half-a-century ago as a family shoe business, but transformed from a family concern into a real success when granddaughter Alina Ocheretyana took over the business. Its wares include made-to-measure shoes of various styles, bags, and other accessories and they have become the talk of the town, especially when the brand opened its flagship store complete with on-site café in the heart of Kyiv’s, Lva Tolstoho square.
A custom-made pair of shoes starts at 1 500 UAH.
The #LOVE brand launched two-and-half years ago and has rapidly gained momentum. Femininity, class, style, and high-end quality at fair prices are all qualities that make this Ukrainian brand outstanding. #LOVE is also known for its interviews with outstanding Ukrainian personalities, which can all be found on the brand’s website alongside its online shop. But forgo the virtual world for the real one and visit in person – every girl gets a glass of champagne when they visit; boys too!
Hand-tailored dresses start at 2 450 UAH
Occupying a picturesque spot on Vozdvizhenka, an attractive neighbourhood in the historical centre of Kyiv, Osobnyak stocks handmade shoes, accessories, and a diversity of fashion styles from more than 40 Ukrainian fashion brands. All brought together in the same spot, this is the quintessential fashion house for young Ukrainian designers. One important detail to note – the crowds are light and the shopping experience here is laid-back, giving you free reign to browse at your leisure.
Fashion items start at 800 UAH
Featuring a concept store of Ukrainian designers, this retailer represents an exclusive shopping area with a selection of more than 30 Ukrainian stylists. Fashionable, exquisite, but somewhat pricy.
Dresses start at 3 500 UAH