volga volga is a Tokyo-based clothing brand launched by designer Mikhail Panteleev and modelist Shiori Kurushima in 2000 Mikhail Panteleev started to make his first garments alone in Moscow at Perestroika period and was discovered by Yohji Yamamoto and invited to Tokyo. Shiori Kurushima graduate Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo and Ecole dela Chambre Syndical de la Couture Parisienne in Paris and started to work as Modelist for ready-to-wear brands and as head seamstress in Haut Couture tailoring atelier.
We create meticulously designed, easy-to-wear garments by combining various carefully selected fabrics in one piece, using three-dimensional cutting. Each piece has its own personality and texture and is hand-finished in our atelier. We have dyed our goods with sumi, a traditional Japanese ink, since launching our brand in 2000. Sumidyeing is done by hand in our atelier. Sumi dyes produce neutral gray tones that cannot be created with synthetic dyes, and can be used to color a wide range of materials including both natural and synthetic fibers. At volga volga, we use sumi dyes on cloth and leather as well as finished products like clothing, bags, shoes, and accessories. Whereas synthetic dyes work through a chemical reaction between the dye and fiber, natural dyes like sumi impart color by impregnating fibers with dye particles. This makes natural dyes applicable to a wide range of materials.
Because the particles of dye attach differently to different types of materials, the appearance of the finished products varies widely. On some materials, sumi dyes create distinctive irregularities and textures, contributing to the unique character of volga volga products.