Romantika partners Sasha Tsupina and Kate Gordin are immigrants from Russia and Ukraine, respectively, and have a passion for quality lingerie in a luxurious retail setting.
They met as models in Chicago, and while both were successful in medical and retail careers, the idea for the boutique – and the desire to bring fine European undergarments to the Midwest– continued to inspire them. After years of planning, attending lingerie shows in New York, LA, and Las Vegas, scouring catalogues and cultivating a wish list of items, the partners found their dream location in the village of Wheeling, Illinois.
Sasha says her goal is to be able to make every woman, in every size, feel fabulous in lingerie, and is planning to stock a range of sizes.
“If your undergarments fit right, it can not only make you feel better – but it can change the appearance of your figure,” said Sasha. Kate adds, “If you take care of yourself on the outside, why not underneath as well?” Sasha and Kate also offer expert personal fittings on site.
Kate comes from a formal background of lingerie modeling and merchandising and has a fashion management degree from Columbia College Chicago. Her dream for the store is to create an international brand – not a chain – of small-scale, intimate, boutique-type stores. “Romantika will offer the customer the highest quality garments, mixed with fun and flirty accessories – in a personal, friendly atmosphere,” Kate says.