Ecote Annebelle Tassel Tunic Top // Soludos Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal // White Skirt
Earth Wood Sunglasses (c/o) // Kate Spade iPhone Case // Baroni Bracelets: One & Tw0
(Similar) Blue Bag // Photos by Mani Andreone
I don’t know anyone else who’s been relocating as often as I did within the last decade or so. I was born in Russia, moved with my family to Belarus, then came back to Russia to study in college, and finally moved to New York. Each of these moves involved major wardrobe revisions and unavoidable closet clean-up. My early years consumerist habits are a topic for another blog post. What I’d like to talk about today is one nostalgic piece that survived all my travels.
The beaded bag that you see on these photos is the first designer handbag that my parents bought me after the collapse of the Soviet Union. We were about to move to Minsk, a capital of Belarus, from a small Russian city I grew up in, and my parents agreed that it was time to upgrade my look. We were actually looking for a pair of boots, but as it often happens we ended up grabbing this bag. It was so unusual that it immediately grabbed our attention!
For the next few years, it was my go-to piece for every official event as well as for casual summer gatherings. I remember wearing this bag with a light blue plaid top, white pants, and multi-colored shoes. No matter which top or a dress I was wearing, this miniature handbag has always been a statement piece in my look.
This beaded blue bag helped me to meet my first friend in Minsk. I went grocery shopping at the nearby supermarket and an unknown girl asked where did I get that bag. We talked for a while and figured that we are neighbors and are attending the same school. My new friend Lena and I became besties throughout middle and high school—until I moved back to Russia and then disappeared in the U.S.
Long distance relationships, whether it’s friendship or a romantic bond, are difficult to keep alive. What we can do them is “cementing” your best memories in fashion pieces that you will always keep with you-no matter how far apart life throws you. I visited Minsk a few times since relocating to New York, but during these trips I never had a chance to chat with Lena again. Yet every time I’m picking up this bag I remember all the best moments we’ve been throughout the years.