The modest courtyard at Rakowicka Street hides the Vanda Novak studio, designing shoes beloved by celebrities at home and abroad. The founder Dominika Nowak studied at the acclaimed Studio Bercot in Paris, and has designed shoes for brands such as Trussardi and Jimmy Choo. She has been running Vanda Novak for a few years; naming it after her grandmother symbolises her love of global trends, the art of creating beautiful objects and local handicraft.
Elena Ciuprina, the acclaimed fashion illustrator based in Milan and working with brands such as Fendi, Casadei, Max Mara and Bvlgari, also studied at the School of Art and Fashion Design in Kraków. Her illustrations are admired by some of the greatest fashion designers around the globe.
Hey Dog Co. design hand-made accessories for our four-legged friends. The local brand has grown to become a major international success, and Cracovian leads and collars are worn by fashionable pooches all over the globe. The designs created by Anna Pirowska, graduate from the School of Art and Fashion Design, are another great local success story.
Klaudiusz Iciek’s brand Claudius is based at a tenement house at Floriańska Street. The stylish interiors, modelled on English private members’ clubs, are the perfect setting for trying on jackets and blazers made of the finest fabrics. And if you fancy more of an image change, head upstairs to the Claudius Scissor for a beard trim or fashionable haircut.
Kraków’s magical atmosphere continues to inspire new generations of fashion designers, including the acclaimed shoe designer Anka Letycja Walicka, Monika and Patryk Łobos (Lobos handbags), Magdalena Tekiela, Waleria Tokarzewska-Karaszewicz, Anna Załucka-Kuczera, the award-winning designer Wojciech Morsztyn, Iga Węglińska, Kata Haratym, Piotr Popiołek, Michał Wójciak, Sandra Stachura, Anna Maria Zygmunt, Klaudia Klimas and Laura Filip who runs an atelier in Vienna. If hats are your things, head to the Le Szapo boutique at Stradomska Street, steeped in a Polish and French atmosphere. Another graduate from the School of Art and Fashion Design is the costume designer Karolina Luisoni; based in Lausanne, she won the costume competition for Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”.