Ukrainian fashion designer presents at New York Fashion Week

Fashion designer Valery Kovalska doesn’t skip a beat.

She is using what was once a restaurant space as a live-in studio now.

“I have to fight,” Kovalska said.

She fled the war in Ukraine with mannequins and lots of fabric. She started in Los Angeles back in February, but then moved to New York in May. The consequences of war now force her, she said, to essentially start her business from scratch.

“Not because you failed, or you know made a bad business decision, just because someone decided to destroy the country,” Kovalska said.

With the help of files online and friends who helped her bring some materials

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