Born in Siberia, Kibardin studied architecture in Moscow before moving to Paris and eventually arriving in Milan, where he worked for different brands and designers, such as Alberto Biani and Pollini. In 2004 Kibardin launched his first signature collection, focusing on sophisticated and timeless women’s footwear. Selected as one for the three finalists of the “Who Is On Next?/Uomo” award—the competition set in Italy to uncover new talents in men’s fashion—Kibardin was announced winner of his category at the 76th Pitti Uomo event in Florence and he’s being given an especially appointed showcase to present his his new collection of shoes and accessories in an installation-style during the January edition of the popular fashion trade show. (The designer declines to give specifics on the exact nature of his presentation except that he will be collaborating with an artist who inspired this forthcoming presentation. He is also working with an architect of his choice to realize this installation.
The keyword to Kibardin’s collections is quality. All his shoes are created according to the highest standards of craftsmanship: the new men’s collection features footwear in the finest materials, such as suede, nabuk, ostrich hide and crocodile, in bright shades of colours, from mimosa yellow to deep turquoise, pale pink and soft purple.
The “intrecciato” motif prevails in some of the models. Others are characterised by the absence of any stitching or by incredibly flexible soles. Yet all of Kibardin’s designs are dedicated to all the men and women who want to add a bit of everyday luxury to their lives.