Pretty and feminine, with a dash of whimsy, Vilshenko is the emerging fashion label that makes getting dressed for a big event a breeze.
Born in Soviet Russia, Olga Vilshenko fell in love with fashion at a young age. With the selection of clothing stores limited at the time, her mother would make clothes for friends and family. Through helping her mother she learnt the skills of dressmaking and discovered a passion that would become the focus of her career. Olga harks back to her heritage with her designs. Inspired by Russian traditional costumes, replete with intricate embroidery, Vilshenko pieces offer a contemporary take on tradition in sophisticated silhouettes and luxurious fabrics.
Equipped with one of her day-to-night capes, we delve into Olga Vilshenko’s travel psyche…
What is the first trip you remember taking?
When I was a young girl my parents took me to Sochi, it was the first time I flew on a plane. Coming from the cold of Zlatoust, Sochi reminded me of a wild jungle with its humid hot weather.
What’s your most memorable trip and why?
Thailand with my husband-to-be. It was also my first holiday abroad.
What is your favourite ever hotel?
Where or what is your escape?
SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain. I feel fully recharged after just two days there.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…
The Amalfi Coast.
What’s your idea of a luxury holiday?
Waking up at sunrise to go jogging and swimming. Then enjoying a nice lunch with fresh seafood and a glass of cold Chablis; however, the main thing is having my family around.
Where do you you go for inspiration?
I always take screenshots of beautiful places I find online, and also ask for recommendations from close friends.
How do you switch off?
What is your ultimate bucket list destination?
Brunei, Mexico, and Morocco are on my list.
What is your jet-lag recovery tip?
If I’m flying from the west I avoid sleep and try to catch up with the time difference. If I’m flying from the east, I wake up earlier. Either way I always take melatonin and it has always been a saviour.
Who is your favourite travel companion?
What is your suitcase stalwart?
A multifunctional Vilshenko embroidered cape which can be worn with an evening gown for an event, or dressed down with a pair of jeans.
What is your number one packing tip?
I always pack full looks that I prepare in advance to avoid taking extra items.
What is your most-treasured purchase from your travels?
I am a big collector of vintage accessories, so I try to buy authentic pieces for my collection every time I travel.
Where is home and what are your must-do’s for any tourists visiting?
London is home. I would recommend starting the morning with breakfast at the Berkeley Hotel, before going to the V&A or Kensington Palace. Take a stroll around Harrods and finish your day with amazing cocktails at The Langham hotel, followed by dinner at IT London.
First thing that comes to your mind…
Hand luggage essential…
A printed Vilshenko face mask.
Beach or city break?
Packing: roll or fold?
Music or podcast?
In-flight book or in-flight film?
Time filler on a long-haul flight?
Watching a film.
Holiday tipple of choice?
Ultimate holiday treat?
Swimming in the ocean in the morning while the kids are still asleep.