“Second skin” is the creative synergy behind Ukrainian clothing brand, Ttswtrs (pronounced “tattoo sweaters”), which melds the appeal of body modification with skintight looks and flesh-toned palettes.
The first collection sold out in one week’s time at Colette, the now-closed Parisian concept boutique famous for attracting the likes of a variety of celebrity namesakes. Here, the founding designer of Ttswtrs, Anna Osmekhina, speaks to WWD about her brand, which is made in Kiev, Ukraine, and prioritizes collaboration with an unlikely muse — the tattoo artist.
A look from the spring 2019 collection of Ttswtrs.
WWD: What is the meaning behind the brand Ttswtrs?
Anna Osmekhina: An accidental meeting with the tattoo artist Yen Levin pushed me to create Ttswtrs. I was excited about how free he feels while being completely covered in tattoos. So I offered him a mini-project — to make comfortable clothes for our creative colleagues who spend a lot of time on sets. The main idea of the project is clothing as a second skin.
When creating, I explore the experience of a person who decides to decorate his body with a tattoo: including the pleasure of getting a tattoo, the awareness of choosing your design, your tattoo master and your