Polish fashion designers who focus on creating ethically-responsible clothing will present their wares at Berlin’s most important ethical fashion event, Neonyt.
During Berlin Fashion Week Between (15th - 17th January 2019), Poland will present fashion brands which focus on sustainability, social and ethical responsibility. The Polish booth at Neonyt will present fashion and accessories from Orska, Pat Guzik, Nago, Surplus, Szymańska and Wearso.organic.
The organisers of the Neonyt fair, together with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, selected Polish brands that have a fresh perspective on clothing design and believe that an ethical production process matters.
The creators of Wearso.organic and Nago focus on universal and simple cuts of garments that can be freely combined and therefore can become wardrobe staples. Their clothes are made of high-quality fabrics: certified organic cotton grown on sustainable farms, without the use of chemicals and fertilizers. Nago’s products are made of Tencel, cupro and wool, with metal elements such as buttons and hooks with no nickel in them, which make them safe for allergy sufferers. To limit the CO2 emissions of transportation, their clothes are sewn locally in Europe.
Pat Guzik and Surplus concentrate on the problems of overproduction.
The colourful, eclectic designs by Pat Guzik combine streetwear with high fashion, sometimes even quite literally – in the form of patchwork. Some clothes are made of scraps of fabric or textiles from second hand shops. Pat Guzik won the Eco Chic Design contest and the special prize: creating a sustainable outfit for supermodel Janet Ma. She has partnered with Cooperative Ushirika, a co-operative of women from Kenyan slums founded by the Pamoja Foundation. She also created a capsule collection for Shanghai Tang.
Visual artist Magda Buczek based her project Surplus on the concept of ‘post-growth’, according to which new quality doesn’t have to mean generating an excess of new products. Her designs are a synthesis of second-hand clothing and recycled slogans from her earlier works. The brand draws on fashion of the 1980s and 1990s, when a t-shirt with a print was a personal statement that could even become a political act if worn in public.
Surplus is a platform to discuss the modern culture of excess, which infects public spaces, clothing and language. It occupies the space where fashion, visual arts and activism meet.
Anna Orska creates rough and coarse experimental jewellery. Each collection draws inspiration from something new, like Orska’s trip to Vietnam where she learned new crafting techniques. Orska’s jewellery has been showcased in the Italian and German editions of Vogue.
Katarzyna Szymańska is a master-knitter. Though she has designed clothes for top Polish fashion brands, she finds fulfilment in her own knit designs. Her sweaters are proof of her great attention to detail, high quality and her use of fine fabrics: alpaca, cashmere, wool and mohair with silk.
The presentation of Polish sustainable fashion design will take place at the Wear Polish booth organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The booth is designed by chmara.rosinke and the visual identity of the project was designed by Punkt Widzenia design studio. The Wear Polish project is an initiative of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, whose aim is to promote Polish culture abroad, but also to shape the global awareness of Polish fashion and design.
We promote Polish fashion abroad through an array of diverse projects. Wear Polish at Neonyt will not only introduce a foreign audience to the potential of Polish designers, but also address the most urgent topics of the contemporary clothing industry: sustainable production, transparency of supply chains and local production.
Maria Ostrowska, Acting Manager of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s Polska Design Programme
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Neonyt will be an opportunity to view Polish brands with diverse aesthetics, yet representing similar core values. Attendees will be able to talk to the designers and learn about the hottest trends in Polish fashion. These subjects will also be discussed by experts during a Wear Polish panel discussion on 16th January at the Polish Institute in Berlin.
Find out more: www.neonyt.messefrankfurt.com