Anastasia Chatzka is a Chicago designer with a broad creative scope and a boundless interest in what garment design can be. As a designer, she conceives highly innovative and developed work that is not always in keeping with the tendencies of American fashion. While confident in her ability to design for anyone, she openly admits that she is her own ideal client: a person craving garments which are thoughtfully designed, full of color, and made with rich, mostly natural fibers.
Anastasia’s work is informed by many of the ideas that emerged during the 1960’s: individuality, freedom, and change. In the mid-1990’s, a twelve year old, Beatles-obsessed Anastasia had a hard time finding a pair of bell-bottoms at her local Detroit mall. Instead, she set to work at home to make a pair of her own, teaching herself to sew in the process, and beginning her career as a designer as a result. From that point on she continued to make clothes and experiment with the idea of making anything wearable. Using anything from twenty-five cent toys to pieces of shopping carts, Anastasia practiced innovation as the first rule of design. Later in high school she sought draping lessons from a tailor and began setting up at music venues during shows, selling what she’d made. After finishing high school, Anastasia attended several design schools and eventually graduated from the International Academy of Design in Chicago. Since then she has worked with some of the best and most innovative designers in the world, including Betsy Johnson and Anna Sui. In 2007, after returning to Chicago from Anna Sui in New York, Anastasia decided to concentrate solely on her own company, Anastasia Chatzka.
Anastasia draws upon her training and experiences to produce garments imbued with haute-couture craftsmanship and intelligence while remaining true to the street-style sensibilities of independence, authenticity, and non-conformity. She embraces color and volume in order to create truly unique clothing.