Get to Know Poland’s Designer Darling-------
The financial crisis is all everyone is able to talk about, but you wouldn’t know it in Warsaw. In fact, Polish retail consumption has been on the rise since last year—all of which is great news for Ania Kuczynska, one of the country’s design stars. The 33-year-old Warsaw-based designer has captured Poland’s attention as its most noteworthy homegrown talent. She sells through both her own flagship store and private appointments and is one of the few Polish designers carried at Warsaw boutique L’aura, which also carries Dries Van Noten and Raf Simons. In fact, her work echoes the quiet austerity of Simons’ wares for Jil Sander, but perhaps with more sensuality. Though it’s the motherland to scads of catwalkers, Eastern Europe is an unexpected home for sharp-minded modernism. Still, Kuczynska has managed to carve out an avant-garde aesthetic without participating in the traditional London-Milan-Paris circuit. That could possibly change now that she’s setting her sights on further horizons in the Middle East and the United States. Ania Kuczynska is a label you may be seeing in stores soon.