Growing up in Ukraine, Vlada was imbued with the importance of culture and tradition from an early age. When she immigrated to the United States at the age of 14 those values were cemented against the backdrop of a new environment. Her mother’s skills in sewing, crochet, and jewelry design had a profound influence on her, and taught her to appreciate the handcrafted. Over the years, she tried her hand at making handbags, clothing, and jewelry before she finally found her niche in a hat making course at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work is inspired by the classic lines, style, and drama of womenswear in the early 20th century, and the belief that everyone in the world should have a hat!