Back in the USSR
updated 11/03/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/03/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST
After violence broke out in their homeland in 1992, the twins moved to Montreux, Switzerland, then attended London's Central Saint Martins College, alma mater of Stella McCartney; Barneys New York bought their entire graduation collection. Their success—they sold $2.5 million in clothing last year—is a little surprising. "There was no such thing as a designer when we were growing up," says Natasha. "I don't think we even knew the word for it. But we always knew we'd do this."