Design & Fashion

Hungarian Fashion Designer Dori Tomcsanyi

Budapest--I was recently in the Hungarian capital for an interview with Croatia's 2Cellos (more on that later) and it happened to also be Fashion Weekend (or more precisely Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Central Europe) so I traipsed across the…

Serbian Fashion On the Rise

BELGRADE--- Salma Hayek took her time looking though the racks at Supermarket, Belgrade’s first concept fashion store. The Mexican-born actress was in the Serbian capital in 2013 filming a thriller and on a free day she decided to peruse what…

An Interview with Serb Designer Dejan Despotovic

LONDON--I am currently writing a fairly large piece about the Belgrade fashion scene and have interviewed a ton of interesting--and introspective--designers from Serbia. Unfortunately because of space, I cannot use all the quotes but wanted…

The Marina on the Drina?

VISEGRAD, BOSNIA—Those familiar with Emir Kusturica’s films—including the award-winning movies like “Underground” and “When Father was Away on Business”—know he loves to give historical events a Surrealistic bent. But the director,…

Slovenia's Silent Revolution

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA--Ljubljana’s Gigo Design + Communication is exactly how I picture a design studio to look: there are protypes for fold-up bicycles, skies lined up against the wall (Slovenian ski manufacturer, Elan, is a client), large windows to let the sun stream through and long minimalist tables where several designers are working away on their desktops

Fashion Becomes Her

My interview with Lara Bohinc does not get off to a good start. I have builders in, banging away, and she is in the midst of trying to get things prepared and ready for the launch of her new spring/summer 2012 collection. So instead of meeting in person, we decide to do a phone interview and with all the noise

Creative Tension in Polish Design

Last spring I had the rare privilege of getting a guided tour of the storage facilities of Poland’s Modern Design Center (a part of the National Museum of Warsaw), currently housed in a pre-war palace on the outskirts of Otwock, a town which is about a 30 minute

Motus Operandi

If her friend’s mother had not left her gardening shoes lying around the house, Maarja Motus’s company, Voru 82, may have never got off the ground.