Ania Kuczyńska Showroom on Mokotowska 61; SS11 Sacre du Printempts

I may be physically back in London but my backlog has been shooting stink-eyes and I have a feeling that the occasional spark I see in the corner of my eyes is from something very sharp. Again with the silence, I’m sorry about that. Then again, I remember reading somewhere that there’s nothing more boring than bloggers apologizing for their unintentinal hiatus, because, it’s really not like you typed in the url and visited every day to see if there’s a new post. Nowadays I’m just a click of ‘next’, and with another click it’s like I never posted.

I met up with Flora after she spotted me in a hotel in Warsaw. Yeah, of all places. What, I like going to hotels to play detective with my imaginary friend, are you judging me now? During our tea & coffee at Cafe Vincent I asked if she could list a few Polish designers and concept stores in Warsaw, and like I said in the last post – it was like a clean slate – where did all these cool places come from? Where did the fashion scene come from all of a sudden? Last time I heard something was in fashion it had three white stripes and garnished sportswear. Ania Kuczyńska‘s simple and understated pieces seemed to translate perfectly into the international trend of minimalism, yet I loved how it still retained that footnote of Polish sense of no-fuss dressing. It’s really in the accessories that you can see the Polish trace – the distinctive smell of leather from the North and the half-leather/half-silk scarf that curiously reminded me of the red-white flag…

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  1. Oh such pretty photos! How was your tea and coffee at Cafe Vincent? Looks like a posh cafe! + Your food photos are making drool!

    – Karen
    smurfiedork.blogspot.com

  2. Wow amazing collections!

  3. Actually, I did type in the URL everyday to see if you posted something new :) What can I say? I love your blog and your photography rocks! Love the collection by the way, and the models hair is awesome. I would dare try it myself, but it wouldn’t look nearly half as good.

  4. beautiful minimalism is the word. that muted blue/grey blazer looks so soft and gives me the fuzzywoozy feeling right away ^^

  5. “I remember reading somewhere that there’s nothing more boring than bloggers apologizing for their unintentinal hiatus, because, it’s really not like you typed in the url and visited every day to see if there’s a new post.”

    Yes! This is why I love you. You’re so much more real and so much more down to earth than most of the bloggers I follow. It’s so lame when a blogger apologizes for not posting. Do they really think that my life revolves around whether or not they have posted recently? I mean, come on.

  6. Everything looks AWSOME! The desserts and the clothes!!!

    Love from Seoul,
    Nostalgic Senses

    http://nostalgicsenses.blogspot.com

  7. Haha i gotta say that I’m still a ‘type in the url’ kinda girl – whats the fuss with tech right?

    I love all these Eastern European designers that are getting some limelight and exposure. The aesthetic and their lookbook is just at the right tone – not too cold nor loud or pretentious or all about sex.

    And Warsaw sounds like it may need a trip someday; we’ve been to Krakow and Wroclaw. esp loved wroclaw.

  8. Nice photos, Shini. I was last in Warsaw in 2008 and it had a cool vibe then. Can’t remember what streets though. The big shopping centre next to the main train station is swanky, plus it was nice and warm to walk around in (I visited during February and hadn’t dressed for the weather).

  9. Perfection!!!

    Love the jumpsuit on the last picture :D

  10. martyna

    omg! this is so nice to read about polish fashion designer on your blog :) it seems that something interesting is going to happen in my little country :)

    love from Łódź, Poland :)

  11. It truly is inspiring how the minimalism “trend” is interpreted differently depending on what the designer’s personal tastes are. I know nothing substantial about Poland, but your remark does make me wonder how much the origin of the respective designer influences his or hers designs.

  12. Very nice photos!

    http://sweetraspberryjam.blogspot.com/

    XOXO

  13. I love your pictures!!!!!

    Great breads!

    B.

  14. Never! Always look forward to your posts and seeing your quirky pics and words. Love that long shirt, Warsaw fashion seems intriguing to me.

  15. I was hungry before I even read this post, but now I’m starving! That bread! Those cakes! I’m also loving the Ania Kruczynska collection, really simplistic and classic. Cx

  16. I want those cakes omggggggggg.
    But the minimalistic aesthetic still doesn’t get to me.

  17. Oliwia

    Hej guys it’s not Ania Kruczyńska but KUCZYŃSKA it’s a big difference and yes she’s really a good designer ;)

    greetings from south of Poland!

  18. LOVE this collection! I’m keeping an eye out for her stuff in NY!

  19. I have nothing to compare, since my first visit to Warsaw was last summer, but there is definitely some interesting fashion vibe going on there. Can’t wait to go back! and also check out cafe Vincent…

  20. aaa i love the bags !!
    and all this bread and paestry look likes the bakery in france !!!

  21. Oh yeas, Ania Kuczyńska is amazing! She’s my favourite polish designer, I saw her show on Lodz Fashion Week, it took place in and old factory, which made a perfect background for her simple-but-amazing clothes. And she seems to be such a nice and warm person!

  22. Hmmm…….I don’t know what I like more………the beautifull designs of Ania Kuczynska, or Cafe Vincent….?! :-) But, you bring up a valid point: What is with all this style coming out of Poland all-of-a-sudden…?? Lately, I am seeing a lot of Fashion Bloggers from Poland who are a) Stylish & b) Gorgeous !! ☆ What’s up….??

    BTW, ♥ your BLOG….

    http://www.sprezza2raw.com/

  23. […] xGood pictures of food and fashion from a Polish designer whose name I cannot pronounce? I’m so there. […]

  24. okay…i’m all for the food…wonder how polish food tastes…same eh…
    anyways joyous to see you blogging again after the silence…
    bisous…!!!!!

  25. i’ve always love reading about what you’re doing… so i’m really glad you’re back blogging. indeed another nice collection this time round. totally in <3 with the assortment of colors of the bag. stay busy and keep blogging! :)

  26. oh, you where in poland :)

  27. Your photographs are so pretty. What camera do you use?
    The food looks yummmmy!

  28. surprise to find polish design so great. the items are very , how shall i say, you would better than me…so light, sth like easy-listening music

  29. hi lovely!
    so cute shops:)
    your blog is amazing!!!

  30. Nice shots dude! Liking the clean aestheric of the brand; the navy jacket-y thingy is nice.

    I missss u! Play time soon please xx

  31. welcome in poland :)

  32. Thank you! Although, I grew up there :P

  33. I use a Canon EOS 550D ;)

  34. hear hear! Sorry, made that small spelling error and everyone just started calling her that. My bad.

  35. Yah, it’s funny that we’re calling it a ‘trend’ when supposedly minimalism has always been there, sort of the other option of ‘not wearing much’…

  36. First off, let me thank you for manually typing my blog, it’s rare.
    You’re right about trip to Warsaw, although I think Krakow is more handsome in terms of vibe but the capital is always worth a visit! x

  37. oh, that’s great! so you speak Polish? :)

  38. @Shini,
    Hi Shini! I can’t believe you replied :D

    Yeah call me a noob but I don’t understand how come Phoebe Philo’s past 3 seasons for Celine was hailed as revolutionary while Jil Sander has been doing it all along… I understand that it’s the whole idea of practical dressing and a new level of sensibility, but…what’s the big hype about? >:

  39. ania is great.
    remember when i met her once, pretty blonde in black and her beautiful camel leather bag from her own collection…
    simple & perfect.

    hope you enjoyed your time in warsaw. i like your blog & all the photos here a lot.

  40. the food and clothes, both wanted.

  41. Kamila

    Ohhhhh I’m so happy that you wrote about polsh designer! I love ANia and other POlsh grat designers:)

    Kamila from Warsaw:)

  42. oh! Ania Kuczynska is one of my fav Polish designers!
    beautiful photos as well!!

    Ania
    /currently from London/