The World of Art

“Bathing in the sun” by Konstantin Somov

“Bathing in the sun” by Konstantin Somov

“Miriskusniki” (memebers of the art group) were inspired by the Russian folk and the 18th century Rococo. They aimed to present the world as an illusion or a dream - not reality - so the main motives they used were carnivals, masquerades and fairy tales. To emphasize the idea of painting to be a magical experience they preferred light, airy effects of  watercolors  and  gouache to the oli painting.

We all know that ballet has a special place in Russian culture. Ballets Russes was a Parisian dance troupe (1909-1929) led by mentioned above Sergei Diaghilev, who challenged everything Europe knew about ballet before.

He completely changed the perspective of a dance, where classical choreography and traditional stage design had been a norm. The Ballets Russes performances were full of vivid colors, staggeringly intricate costumes and fancy designs. Impresario Diaghilev cooperated with greatest artist like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró or Coco Chanel, but the most breathtaking costumes were created by Léon Bakst.

As you may know art and crafts are an inseparable part of Son Trava’s identity. They inspire us as much as the beauty of nature, starry nights and a poetry. This is why we would love to present to you some of our most favorite artists, whose works has influenced the brand’s philosophy and aesthetics. Make yourself comfortable and let us take you to the first decades of the 20th century, when the magic has happened.

“World of art” (rus. “Mir Iskusstva”) was one of the most important artistic movements and a magazine of the same name (edited by Sergei Diaghilev), which played a significant part in shaping the European modern art. The association was founded in Saint-Petersburg by students of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts which included names like Alexandr Benois, Leon Bakst, Eugene Lansere and Konstantin Somov, whose sensual, romantic and sometimes sarcastic evocation of old times touches our hearts every time we look at his artworks.

Mikhail Fokin and Vera Fokina in the ballet Scheherazade, 1914

Mikhail Fokin and Vera Fokina in the ballet Scheherazade, 1914

Costume for the “Cléopâtre” by Leon Bakst, 1909

Costume for the “Cléopâtre” by Leon Bakst, 1909

His opulent, wildly colorful sets and swirling Art Nouveau patterns were heavily inspired by Ancient East, exoticism and Russian ethnic. The costumes were astonishing not only because of their beauty and variety of details, but also because of the modern shapes never seen in ballets performances before.

Bakst designed costumes for several masterpieces like Cléopâtre (1909), Shéhérazade (1910), Le Carnaval (1910), Narcisse (1911), Daphnis et Chloé (1912) and many more. He is remembered for his surreal vision and decadent designs, which had a great impact on fashion even today.

What does the Pre-order mean?

The Son Trava sisterhood is very diverse: dreamy Lubava, casual Akulina, sensual Natasha, flirty Avgustina, outgoing Mira…We do have our boys in the club as well — after all, all the pieces are made out of the high-quality Italian classic men’s shirt cotton.

We want everyone who becomes a part of Son Trava community to feel just as unique and special and that’s why we are focused on making one of a kind made-to-measure styles. What does it mean exactly? Essentially we let you create your dream leisure outfit that will fit YOU perfectly.

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We’ll break it down for you to 5 easy breezy steps:

1) go to http://www.sontrava.com/pre-order/ and pick a style that speaks the most to you

2) provide us with your measurements to ensure a perfect fit

3) if you feel like getting creative with your style, we are happy to send you a variety of materials and colours to choose from! just check the corresponding box — et voilà!

4)  as soon as we know all your preferences, we let our sartorial fairies at the small family-owned atelier in the heart of Warsaw take it from here and create your very own Son Trava piece

5) knock knock, it’s your Son Trava delivery! we guarantee every MTM piece to be ready to wear in 15 days from the order date.


We love to play with different colours and textures and we are happy to invite you to join the party. What gives us this openness and flexibility to do that is actually a solid base of a few simple but absolutely essential components:

— only 100% natural Italian materials

— only 100% Warsaw-based production

— key styles inspired by the classic men’s cotton shirt

— aesthetics inspired by the Russian dacha culture


The essence of Son Trava is a style that looks like you stole it from your lover, feels as safe and natural as your favourite pjs and fits you like a glove.

If girls run the world, this is exactly the kind of outfit they should be doing it in!


Meet Son Trava personally

This time we decided to make it personal and speak with Son Trava head designer Victoria Kapriz about her upbringing in the south of Russia, fashion education at Polimoda in Florence, an internship at Alexander McQueen in London and how her diverse background is influencing the brand.

«I remember the girls in my primary school lining up at my desk and asking me to draw the dresses for their princesses paper dolls”, Victoria reminisces, smiling.  From the very beginning, she knew she was going to become a fashion designer, even before she knew what it actually meant.

Eventually her passion for princesses’ gowns developed into fashion design and fine art studies in Krasnodar, her hometown in the south of Russia and one of the main sources of inspiration for Son Trava, with its proximity to the Black Sea dachas and a true southern leisure lifestyle that rarely comes to mind when you think of Russia.

Fast forward to sun-soaked Florence, where Victoria had a chance to perfect her design skills at one of the major fashion schools in Europe under the supervision of Patrick de Muynck. «Back then Patrick had just left the position of a Fashion Design teacher at the Royal Academy in Antwerp to come and work in Polimoda. It was an amazing opportunity to work under his supervision».

Next stop — London.  Victoria’s first internship took place at a small menswear brand which surprisingly turned out to be a great influence on her future brand known for its delicate dresses and nightgowns. She learned menswear pattern-making and fitting and fell in love with the men’s style and fabrics, which she now uses almost exclusively for Son Trava designs.

Quite unexpectedly an opportunity to intern at Alexander McQueen appeared, and frankly, this is not a chance you walk away from. «As an intern, you are obviously at a pretty  low position, and yet there you have incredible resources at your demand and you literally sit two meters away from a tailor who is making a dress for Kate Middleton. You’ve got a lot of resources, a lot of possibilities and not a lot of time».

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Working on the collection, Polimoda school, Florence

Working on the collection, Polimoda school, Florence

«Once I created a corset-type top and soon after I’ve sent it “upstairs” to the head designer, I got called up to her office. I immediately decided that something bad had happened. But there she was — standing beside a model, who was wearing my piece, with a discreet smile and asking me: did you make it? It’s beautiful. Thank you».

Ultimately, when Victoria got invited to one of the most high-end and well-known fashion houses in Warsaw, she didn’t think twice. It was a chance to learn high quality from the ‘kitchen side’ much closer than in a large international brand and also a great opportunity to work with an amazing team of professionals — tailors, seamstresses, pattern-makers. It was an on-hand experience of working with the best materials, the best European manufacturers, the highest quality of dressmaking. And of course, also a chance to design for celebrities from Anja Rubik to Zaha Hadid, whose cape she created specially for the V&A’s Alexander McQueen «Savage Beauty”» Opening Gala..

Now, all the parts of Victoria’s diverse background came together like a puzzle to create the world of Son Trava...

PS: Do not forget to visit our Instagram profile @sontravaofficial to find out more about Son Trava.



October verse

We feel very poetic today. Actually we feel poetic most of the time but today the mood is for autumnal musings at the seaside and Russian ‘Silver Age’ poets. Famous Russian poet Joseph Brodsky loved sea and spent a lot of time in a place called Koktebel in eastern Crimea — a place which other Russian artists and poets were drawn to due to its beauty and sense of freedom.  He wrote his poem ‘With the view of the sea’ in 1969, in Koktebel and we especially admire this bit, the very beginning of the poem:

October. In the morning breeze,
the sea lies cheek against the quay.
The seeds of the acacia trees,
like rain on roofing iron, play,
tap-dancing. Only now appearing,
rays of the sun that still sits low
are piercing more than they are searing;
this duplicating, down below,
the rowers sweep, while gazing up
upon the snowy mountaintops.

And this, the ending:

When there is so much in the distance
behind you, mainly – misery,
don’t loiter, waiting for assistance,
but catch the train bound for the sea.
It’s deeper. And it’s not so small.
This, in itself, won’t fix your mood.
But if one has to, after all,
sense all the pangs of orphanhood,
then pick a setting that can make
your insides stir instead of ache.

English translation is by Andrey Kneller, the whole text can be found here

Wherever you are, catch the train bound to the sea. We are sure it is beautiful in October!

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Looking for sleep. Part I

Ah, sleep! You are an elusive subject. Sometimes we have very little of you, sometimes just on the verge of ok or almost enough but definitely never too much. That is why it is important to use the hours we have to their very best.  Here at Son Trava we know a thing or two about sleep and we figured out ways to get the needed rest. The key is to prepare yourself to sleep, gradually helping your body and mind to be in that state where a good restful sleep is possible. In Part I we are giving the general tips and in Part II it will be more about skincare and body care.  Mix and match as you please.

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1.      Get some fresh air.
Have a stroll. If you are lucky to live near a seaside or a river, it’s even better. Fresh air and a little bit of walking will help you to distance from the worries of the day and are very calming to the senses.

2.      Open your notebook or planner if you have one and cross out the things you’ve finished. It is very satisfying. Also write down plans for the next day so that you won’t trouble yourself with remembering them while falling asleep.

3.      Open the window to freshen the air before you go to bed. If you can (and we strongly recommend it), sleep with the windows opened. Take two warmest duvets if you must but keep the window opened at night.

4.      Put on your pyjamas. This is where we are the experts. It is another reminder to your body that it is loved thus calming for the mind as well. Choose one from our range made of softest luxurious silks.

5.      Meditate. We love Headspace app, it is very helpful if you have any troubles getting off to sleep. The founder of this app, Andy Puddicombe has the most tranquil voice and it’s a pleasure to listen to him. Check his video about sleep here.

6.      Listen to classical music. We recommend Lyszt, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert or early Rachmaninoff.

7.      When in bed read something soothing for the soul, or may be something uplifting. True to our Russian roots we love Chekhov’s short stories, poems by Bella Akhmadulina, Marina Tsvetaeva and Boris Pasternak. Share with us your favourite bedtime books.