Soul Sister: Elena Bobysheva, owner and designer at e l e n a b o b y s h e v a.
Soulful Sunday: Fashion Designer Elena Bobysheva
The first time we met Bobysheva was at the FW: Chicago meet and mingle event back in June, where the budding designer was sporting a stunning frock from her own namesake label that definitely made the best-dressed list that night. What really impressed us was that she launched her line of high-end womenswear right after graduating from Columbia College Chicago—with a double Bachelor's in Fashion Design and Business Management—back in 2013. This entrepreneurial go-getter definitely hit the ground running—heels and all.
Bobysheva's pieces boast military tailoring and attention to detail in the form of feminine silhouettes inspired by geometry and structural design. Each dress is hand-crafted in-house in limited runs following a cut-to-order business model. The company only makes the dresses that are ordered, therefore not over-producing garments, using more resources than needed, or contributing to clothing ending up in landfills. Bobysheva also supports animal welfare issues within the industry, staying committed to her philosophy of creating an honest, responsible, forward-thinking business that is mindful of the planet and all its species.
How she unwinds:
"I love watching the sunset, so I like going for walks in the evening around the neighborhood. I always take my headphones and iPhone with me to listen to Spotify. For that half an hour, I am totally within my own world. It's not only great exercise and gets me outside the studio, but it is also nice to simply breathe fresh air! I live in the suburbs and behind my neighborhood is farmland with open roads, so I sometimes take a long drive with the windows down and radio on to try and clear my head."
" I had to acknowledge that even though my work is my priority, my health, well-being, and social life are equally as important. I made a conscious effort to make plans and spend more time with my friends and family, as well as going to the gym to make exercising a regular habit.
"My tips on finding balance would be to turn off your phone and not check social media for at least an hour each day. I feel this is a must for any artist to try and get a moment by themselves with no distractions so they can be more productive at work. It is also good even if you are spending time with friends or family so you can be in the moment instead of checking Instagram the entire time. For me, I don't check social media or my emails (unless the email correspondence is very time sensitive) if I am spending quality time with someone.
"Focus on your health! Our health really does affect the quality of our lives and our work. I feel much better knowing I got to exercise during my day, and I am always in a better mood afterwards. I also feel far more productive and happier when I get enough sleep. Finally, you can never go wrong with a spa day by yourself, with your girlfriends, or your partner!"