By now, Russia's spot as a breeding ground for vibrant young fashion talent and impeccably-dressed editors and stylists is well-cemented. After all, when there's actual snow on the ground in, like, October, your coat game better be good. But the Russian street style flock better watch their collective backs: the Georgians are coming in hot.
Need proof? Look no further than Anka Tsitsishvili, co-founder of INDEXflat. While the boutique itself is based in Moscow, Tsitsishvili makes a point of supporting her fellow Georgian talent in a major way, and has an especially weak spot for designers hailing from other Eastern European locales, as we learned when we rifled through her suitcase way back during Paris fashion week. Going through it was like an education in cool girl essentials: it was well-stocked with Amelie Pichard slides, a Loewe bag, classic Cartier watch puffy, an all-over-print Isabel Marant jacket and pastel pink culottes. Top that off with her makeup-free face and free flowing, devil-may-care mane and you have a recipe for street style photographer bait at it's finest. Oh, and toss in her copy of the ultra-rare 1998 Comme des Garçons coffee table book (with a foreword penned by Grace Mirabella) for good measure, too.
“My style is personal. I used to wear very simple things, like jeans, sneakers, t-shirts. I had some interesting, eye-catching things only for special occasions. Then I began to understand that everyday is special and I started wearing things according to my mood, not the occasion. I’m not afraid to be overdressed, or vice versa," Tsitsishvili explained to us of the exact sartorial alchemy that allows her to completely nail it, every. damn. time. In short? Don't sleep on the Georgians, guys.