A.W.A.K.E. was founded in 2012 by Natalia Alaverdian. The Russian born, Belgian raised designer's unique eye for fashion has developed through a multi-disciplinary career encompassing styling, art direction and photography. Natalia served as Fashion Director for Russian Harper's Bazaar for 5 years before switching to photography and art direction for the magazine. Natalia's goal with A.W.A.K.E., an acronym for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm, is to propose a personal and distinct voice through clothing that balance conceptual, storytelling aspirations with commercial viability. Keynote designs are Natalia's take on classic shirting, tailored coats, and dresses, each with an idiosyncratic quality underlined by a succession of very specific inspirational references of animals and characters from history, art and film. The major reference point and inspiration for all of the collections so far have been deviated from the Japanese art and culture.