Due to its harsh history in the last decades, the Polish fashion industry can be considered as young, unsteady and constantly chasing after its western counterparts. Adding a quite conservative society there is still much to be done. The last few years have brought an exciting change with many designers reshaping that view. Have a look at our pick of 7 most interesting Polish brands today.
What started as a small street-wear brand, has in the recent years transformed into a widely recognised high fashion label, with impressive amount of international stockists and celebrities appreciating their designs. The Warsaw-based brand surprises with each collection, taking their native Eastern heritage to NYFW.
Rather than following trends Zofia Chylak stays loyal to her simple, clean aesthetics that can be described as refined elegance. Established in 2014, the label focuses on the highest quality leather bags always accompanied by beautiful photography. If you are looking for long-lasting classics Chylak is the one to have a look at.
UEG captures the essence of contemporary street wear which shows through their recent collaboration with Puma. As stated in their manifesto: ‘WHITE IS THE COLOUR OF PURE AND SIMILAR LOVE.’ The brand focuses on the colour white and cyber uniformity, offering futuristic clothes made from innovative materials.
DRAMAT is the design duo based in Warsaw that explores the present Polish cultural background, with strong references to the 90s. Each collection captures the mood of the last decades in a magical way, creating playful and slightly kitsch designs.
5. SANDRA KPODONOU
Being a new addition to the industry, Sandra Kpodonou is already making a statement. The brand references oriental aesthetics, offering loosely shaped oversized silhouettes, presented in the highest quality campaigns. The most recent one was shot in the Parisian Chinatown.
Neige Tees offers minimal and easy-to-wear garments for both men and women, targeting mainly a young audience. Last season’s collection features prints of illustrations created by Polish artist Aleksandra Waliszewska. Have a look if you are after street wear basics with a modern twist.
The young ready-to-wear brand was founded by Central Saint Martins graduate Krzysztof Strozyna. The designer returned to Poland to pursue a career in his motherland after working under the British Fashion Council’s New Gen scheme. The latest collection takes reference from American pop-culture, with a strong focus on everyday essentials like leather jackets and denim.