OMG We are Actually Doing this!!!
Posted on 11 October 2015
Ukie Boutique was founded in September 2015 by Iryna Matsiuk and Emma Nahaylo-Surkan. Two Ukrainian women from completely different backgrounds sharing the same love for Ukraine.
We like to think of ourselves as sisters from different mama’s. We both share the same passion for Ukrainian design and want to make it easily available to everyone. Our hope is to showcase the colors, patterns and designs through clothing, accessories and home décor, so that you too, will see the beauty and love the designs as much as we do.
Known as the “crazy Ukie”, I have a strong passion for all things Ukrainian. Although teased that I was never born in Ukraine, my pride for my heritage is no secret. As the founder of “Ukie Friday”, I love finding a range of Ukrainian clothing and accessories, whether traditional or modern to display and demonstrate my support and love for Ukraine. In my search for new ideas and the realization of the lack of options in North America, I began the idea of my own store. With the expertise and guidance from my Chocha Slava and the partnership with my dear friend Iryna Matsiuk, my passion has now become a reality.
There are not so many people that know my soft side. Being born in Western Ukraine in Soviet times, growing up in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and having moved to Canada to meet new challenges, I feel I became more Ukrainian here than I was in Ukraine. I didn’t have a traditional vyshyvanka back in Ukraine and here I feel I don’t feel complete without it. I am convinced that what we do matters more than what we say that’s why I am happy to be a part of Ukrainian diaspora and make my little contributions whenever I can. Most of us own a traditional vyshyvanka but our options seem to be limited when it comes to modern styles and dressing up for a function. I am extremely proud to enter into a partnership with my friend, my Ukie sister Emma Nahaylo, and to bring you all kinds of traditional and modern flavours of Ukrainian styles to your doorstep.
After an adventurous Ukrainian summer together, and a few glasses of wine, we decided to go for it and launch our own store. From the traditional to the Modern, we are on a constant hunt through various top secret ways to find and showcase Ukraine’s best. Whether it be new and upcoming designers or custom made options, we are excited to provide you with all of our finds.
We are truly looking forward to this new adventure and cannot wait to grow our business with you in mind. If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you! We love staying connected with our customers though our social media pages and can be found on the following:
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If you are ever in need of special ordering, large orders or custom ordering, please do not hesitate to contact us. With our many connections in worldwide and in Ukraine, we would be happy to assist you and find that gem you are looking for. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us at facebook www.facebook.com/ukieboutique/
Love Emma & Ira xoxo