Ukraine Fashion Designer Pivots: From Couture to Bulletproof Vests, to Help in the Resistance Against Russia


Uzun Vitaliy, a Ukrainian fashion designer, creates couture for men and women in peacetime. But with his country under attack from Russian forces, he’s started fashioning new kinds of attire: protective gear for his country’s defenders.

Vitaliy and his shop started making thermal underwear, to help their country’s defenders guard against the sometimes bitter spring temperatures in Ukraine. Soon, they expanded their business to include bulletproof vests. 

Vitaliy’s Odessa-based team uses the same skills and tools for this new mode of production. There’s careful measuring and marking, cutting and sewing.

It may not look as stylish as their more elegant pieces. Also, the color palette is limited to black and camo. 

But any one of the 2,500 or so bulletproof vests they’ve made may save a life.

Vitaliy claims that his shop will produce 1,500 to 2000 vests per week.

The United Nations said hundreds of Ukrainian civilians and hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers have died since Russia began its invasion on Feb. 24. According to the United Nations, more than 4.1 million people have fled Ukraine since February 24, when Russia invaded. To the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees.




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