Yes it’s corny, but working on this piece has me singing Michael Bolton’s ‘Georgia on my Mind.’ Just not that Georgia.. Tbilisi, Georgia in Eastern Europe is a burgeoning hub of modern designer fashion. Just a reminder that Balenciaga’s fashion disruptor Demna Gvasalia, also behind the label Vetements is from Georgia too.
Tbilisi Fashion Week courtesy of Mercedes Benz was established in 2015 and has since then drawn attention to the strong designer talent of the former Soviet republic. If you are looking for designer fashion that is off the beaten path, then look no further than these ten fashion brands. Each stands out in their very own way.. they are strong and making waves, ride the wave first!
“Dalood is a label for It girls not interested in showy street style kitsch.” – Vogue.com.
Founded in 2002, the key to Dalood’s success has always been its long history of masterful tailoring, impeccable needlework and unlimited creativity. Its team-oriented, positive corporate culture, combined with the excessively experienced, devoted and loyal team of professionals allowed the brand to become one of the leading Georgian brands in the global fashion scene.
JANASHIA can be described as retro-futuristic. The designer often looks to the past to create the future and she adds her own personal touch to every collection. JANASHIA gets inspiration from different creative domains and individuals: her favorite films, music, style icons, contemporary artists, as well as her everyday surroundings by using a mesh of vibrant colors and fabrics. She reverently mixes several different eras in one collection, making it amply eclectic.
Brand 0711 was founded in 2012 by Nino Eliava and Ana Mokia. Each 0711 hand-woven product is created manually by artisans in Georgia. The artisans are elderly women for whom knitting is a very native and favorite craftsmanship passed from ancestors. Innovative knitting technique in organic glass and plywood frames were adopted in 2015 for the most popular style ‘Copacabana’. Today among the brand’s top models are also ‘St. Barts’ and ‘Monaco’. Improvising with traditional weaving and shapes, 0711 introduced pearl beaded bags with various models from bucket to tote bags, mixing it with the brand’s multicolor plywood and plexiglass frames.
Tamuna INGOROKVA is known for her dynamic and full of innovation designs, created for women who want to underline femininity and individualism. The main characteristics of her garments are straight lines, long silhouettes and geometric forms. Minimalistic designs are distinguished by the use of original materials and a signature V-cut.
A Georgian brand founded by designer Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili, a graduate of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and winner of Be Next Fashion Design Contest of 2015. The brand’s debut collection was Fall Winter 2018/19, which brought an amazing success. His signature – minimalistic shapes and lines. His collections are always well assembled and looks drawn together that creates one continuous line.
Born in 1987, Tbilisi, Georgia. Graduated from College of Fashion, Tbilisi, Georgia. Studied bachelor of Fashion Design at Tbilisi Academy of Arts. Tiko is one of the winners of Be Next Fashion Designer Contest 2013. Her personal collections are full of feminine modernity and perfect sense of finding playful proportions perfect shape with fabrics she uses.
Lado Bokuchava is a Georgian Ready-to-wear brand, founded in 2017 by its Creative Director- Lado Bokuchava. LB’s structures are never simple, they are sophisticated, as its woman. Use of colors are always cibrant and miscellaneous, highlighting a perfect balance between elegance and serenity. The sources of inspiration for designer are always different movies or books that are expressed in the mood of collection.
For two brothers George and Shota Mikaia growing up in Georgia, freedom was both all around them and elusive. To be Georgian was to know struggle and hardship. Still, the brothers were proud of their heritage. Like their forefathers, they wanted to once again write their own script. One that allowed them to express themselves through their own values and those of their country. Creativity. Acceptance. Progress. Freedom. To forge their own path, they needed the right shoes. Shoemaking remains a traditional skill in Georgia. No mass production. Just time, dedication, and skill. The key ingredients for handcrafted quality. The brothers embraced these traits and added their own. Modern design, forward-thinking energy. Creativity. Acceptance. Progress. Freedom. Those Georgian values had found their home. CROSTY. For those that walk their own path.
Born in 1987 this young designer has studied across the globe. Starting in Tbilisi, then moving to London and the New York where she studied at Parsons. Her work is based on customized prints and knitwear that makes her pieces one of a kind and highly coveted.
George Keburia is a self-taught designer, born in 1990 Tbilisi, Georgia. He founded his eponymous label in 2010, presenting a surrealist collection saturated with outlandish concepts and references. He is best known for his skinny sunglasses that have been worn by some of the most famous faces in the world.