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My Journey from Fintech to Fine Art

Before studying business, I studied art. For the last 8 years, I’ve put art to one side in the pursuit of financial stability. It wasn’t something I had growing up, but I knew I wanted to return my focus to art once I had it. 

My return to art began when I visited Ukraine in 2018. It started with a single poster from a flea market in Kiev, and kept growing. Over the last two years, I’ve explored many of the countries that make up the former USSR, buying thousands of vintage posters along the way. 

Comrade Kiev started as a side hustle. A way to be close to art and to make a little extra money. When the world went into lockdown in March, I expected our sales to drop. But the opposite happened. We were selling more posters than before. I began to question whether it could be something more.

In May, I made the decision to make my side hustle a full-time focus at the end of 2020. I would spend the next 6 months planning in the evenings and weekends how to be my own boss for the first time. All that changed just over a month ago when I was made redundant. It meant I had to accelerate my plans.  

I going to take what I’ve learnt working for other businesses, and build my own, with art at its core. A business that stands true to the values I hold close. Welcome Comrade!

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How We're Building a Purpose Led Business

In 2019, we made the decision to donate 1% of all Comrade Kiev’s revenue to causes that align to our values. Every year, we’re increasing that percentage by 1% until 10% of revenue goes towards supporting impactful causes As a small business, every dollar counts, but our moral obligation cannot wait.


We’ve Integrated with Klarna to Make Art More Accessible

Soviet posters were often printed by their thousands. But most were thrown away when the movie or movement was over. The rest usually ended off in attics or basements where water, termites and time slowly destroyed them. The posters that survive today, in good condition, are increasingly rare.


How We’re Building a Carbon Neutral Business

The world needs to move fast to make a difference in the fight against climate change. We all leave an impact on the planet, so we can all play a part in preventing climate change. Comrade Kiev is built around the principle of celebrating objects already in existence rather than creating something new.


The Ethics Behind Art: Our Commitment to Freedom and Equality

Comrade Kiev exists to shine light on the unfamiliar, and to share stories that illustrate the beauty of Soviet design. But sometimes shining a light on the unfamiliar means we must confront the unacceptable. In some countries we’ve visited, the authorities regularly crack down on the media and harass peaceful protesters.

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