9 Need-to-Know Fashion Designers in Croatia
With globally present brands such as H&M, C&A, Forever 21 etc., everyone seems to be dressed the same, and many people are not happy with being uniformed. They want to be individuals, not a part of the crowd. To accentuate their individuality, some of them have chosen second-hand clothes, some have chosen high fashion, and the others have decided to research less known fashion designers who are making unique clothes and are affordable compared to the a-list fashion designers.
For tourists who are coming to Croatia, we have a special treat. Croatia has had its place on the fashion map of Europe for quite some time, and since you’re already on holiday, why not bring something other than fridge magnets back with you.
There are many Croatian fashion designers, and we’ve selected 9 of them to present to you, in no particular order.
Larie by Marina Lackovic
After finishing schooling at the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb, Marina continued her quest for knowledge in Italy, at Instituti Callegari. After her debut at Dreft Fashion Week Zagreb, she became a well-known name in the Croatian fashion industry. By looking at her models, we can see why Marina is a firm believer in Boho style and lace in the summer and sexy leather in the winter. You can check out her models at her Facebook and her Instagram page.
Two names stand proudly behind Lokomotiva World brand: Luka Grubišić and Lana Puljić. A fashion designer and an architect, who have created the prêt-a-porter fashion brand Lokomotiva and launched it together in 2012. Their seasonal collections are presented to the domestic fashion public as part of Cro A Porter, where, with each new appearance, they uncompromisingly enter the hearts of fashion lovers who value recognisable charm, quality, meticulousness and, of course, authenticity. Their collections are really breathtaking and every collection is unique in style, but one thing is sure: they bring out the best in a woman’s figure. You can view them here
Source: Lokomotiva Facebook page
Marta is an award-winning fashion designer whose career began in 2007 when she presented her first fashion collection at Zagreb Fashion Week, and already in 2008 she received the Best Fashion Designer Audience Award. She is not only a fashion designer but also a stylist and a costume designer, very well known in the Croatian entertainment industry.
A link between all her fashion collections is glamour, highlighting femininity and fine materials and you can view them here.
Juraj Zigman is definitely not afraid of the WOW effect. His creations are full of colour, unique style and build, and can be described as sexy and daring. This award-winning fashion designer, well known outside Croatia, has collaborated with many consumer brands such as Citroen, Jacobs, Nivea, Phillips etc. He also designed costumes for Madame Butterfly and many other plays and works as a consultant/stylist for many Croatian celebrities. His models are spruced up ‚till the last detail and are very extravagant, and yet, they all go well together. You can view his collections on his website and you can purchase them there as well. His latest pieces can be seen on his Instagram page. Happy shopping.
Hope Atelier is a story behind a brand. They love to say that HOPE is a way of life because its goal is to inspire faith, hope and love in people. The brand delivers its story with powerful messages on simple t-shirts, bags and jewellery. And not only that, HOPE has a humanitarian side to it because they are supporting struggling families. You can view and purchase their models via their Facebook page.
Diana Viljevac is a very ambitious Croatian designer who, after graduating the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb, founded the brand that bears her name. Since 2009, her name represents the fashion styles for strong and self-confident women. The central theme of the brand is high-quality production and materials, as well as keeping up with the latest trends while always offering something new and different. You can view her work on her official website, her Instagram and Facebook page, and if you like them, you can purchase her creations at Šenoina 11, Zagreb. If you need a place to stay, here are some accommodation options for Zagreb.
Diana Viljevac Fashion Designer
Behind Madame Demode team are China-born Croatian designer Viktorija Vrzhesnevskaja and Sanja Cirjak, who both graduated from Callegari School of Fashion in Zagreb. Their creative work is inspired by a variety of historical periods in art, costumes and music. This way, they give a mysterious touch to their collections. The clothes they create are functional, comfortable and reveal the true beauty of a person by bringing out their individuality. Uniformity is not in their vocabulary. Their designs can be viewed on their Facebook page, and on their websites: here and here. You can try on and purchase their creations at Mar&Val – I.Prodana 3 in Zadar. For places to stay, here are some options for Zadar.
Boris’s voyage from a design student, fashion buyer, tv person and columnist, to a fashion designer was an interesting one. He often says that there are two Borises. The casual Boris who is behind the 2B collection and the serious Boris who is behind the Boris Banovic style. But one thing is for sure: he creates comfortable, trendy custom tailored items for the modern business and fashion people who know what they want. You can shop for his creations online or visit his store in Zagreb. Feel free to visit his Instagram page and Youtube channel.
Source: Boris Banovic PR
Adnan Talentovic – Adventuryx
This multitalented former model and a photographer, who has worked with famous fashion designer houses such as Valentino, Gianni Versace, Moschino, Gucci, Ferre, Jean Paul Gaultier and many other found his true calling in design when he created Adventuryx. Adventuryx is a collection of silk and cotton shirts and tunics, jeans and accessories that exude a hippie-chic, bohemian sensibility. Made with love, each piece is infused with an authentic artistic flair that has become synonymous with the brand. You can purchase his creations on this link.