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Moscow with… Andy Isakin
August 1, 2012
Moscow based designer and film director showcases his beloved faces of Moscow
- Text by Kemal Tarba
The Moscow with… series showcases our favourite inspiring city spots from a cast of Moscow based creatives, who walk the city and capture places, people and vibes that have influenced their aesthetics. Our next installment comes from Andy Isakin – Moscow born and raised fashion designer and video director. Filled with energy for the here and now, Andy channels hypnotic vibes in his design and video work fronting current generation of the city culture. Drawn together through this interest, like moths to a kaleidoscopic flame of motorbikes, skateboarding and melancholic photography Andy showcases his beloved faces of Moscow.
Satellite Voices: Where do you live and what inspires you about that area of town?
Andy Isakin: I live in the Sretenka area in the very heart of Moscow, and this is where I grew up. It means a lot to me. I think that this high bank of the mystic Neglinnaya river is like Montmartre in Moscow, very inspiring.
SV: Can you talk about the best creative youth cultures in your town?
Andy Isakin: In Moscow youth is interested and does almost everything that is popular in the rest of the world - for me, the most interesting things are: fashion design, snowboarding, surfing (yes, you can surf in Moscow, but only with help of the wake boat), skateboarding, travel, photo and video shooting. All of these are my businesses and passions in the same time.
SV: Where's the best place to hit the shops in Moscow?
Andy Isakin: There are some interesting second hand shops (Freakfrak, Nichego Podobnogo), and a big Flea-Market "Levsha" - near Novopodrezkovo train station - it works on weekends early in the morning. Also, if you have enough money, you can buy some designer clothes in the central shops (Tsvetnoy, KM20, Leform, Twins Shop). Quite often interesting weekend markets take place, with music, young designers selling their stuff, vintage clothes shops and people who love handmade food. Great example is Lambada market, in wich I always participate. And, of course, if you want something unique - ask young designers at Flacon Design Factory to make something special for you.
SV: How does Moscow affect your personal style?
Andy Isakin: Moscow had greatly affected my style - made it messy-chic and retro-modern in the same time. It is a unique city of contrasts, where we have got everything mixed together and you never know what to expect.
SV: Top tips to have a great summer?
Andy Isakin: Surfing, wine and women, Vespa, film photography, travel and sunglasses.
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