The Studio Visit: Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili
You might know ALEKSANDRE AKHALKATSISHVILI as part of the MATÉRIEL collective, and if you don't, mark our words that this is a name you will be hearing. Expect minimalist shapes, unexpected cut-outs and masterful tailoring from the designer’s eponymous collection.
We're going behind the seams with one of Georgia’s most exciting new design talents…
First thing you do when you wake up?
Last thing you do before bed?
Listen to music.
Anthony & The Johnsons – I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy.
What are you reading right now?
I wish I had time to read.
Do you have any phobias?
I have a phobia of heights and I’m claustrophobic.
Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Working in my atelier or partying.
Black and yellow.
Favourite thing to eat?
Least favourite thing to eat?
What can’t you live without?
How would you describe your generation in five words?
Free, determined, full of life, informed, hardworking.
Describe yourself in three words...
Determined, workaholic, difficult.
How would your friends describe you in three words?
Good listener, attentive, caring.
What’s the best thing about Tbilisi?
What’s the worst thing about Tbilisi?
Tbilisi’s hidden gem...
Bazaar is definitely the most interesting and underrated spot, not only in Tbilisi but in every city.
Your favourite place in the world?
The forest, because it is the only place that I feel safe and calm.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I have always wanted to be a designer.
What makes life worth living?
Enjoying every sunrise.
What would you most like to change about yourself?
I overthink a lot. I would change that if I could.
If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
In a space where I’m close to nature.
The best advice you've ever been given?
This too shall pass.