Cara was invited to speak at the Global Sustainable Fashion Week in Budapest on the topic of ‘co-creation and design.’ So we packed our bags and headed for Hungary!  

The conference took place at the Italian Cultural Institute and former Hungarian parliament building. You can imagine the grandeur. Speakers ranged from designers and brands to fashion journalists and technology companies. In between talks we connected with presenters and attendees who each brought a unique lens to the group. In the evening we sipped on wine and soaked up gorgeous looks by a mix of mainly Hungarian and Italian designers who prove fair fashion belongs on the cat walk.  

Feeling inspired from these designers...  

Csipkehaz -- Wedding dresses made from traditional Hungarian lace techniques.  

COB Designs -- Nature-inspired, naturally-dyed couture.  

Venette Waste -- Designer and label dedicated to zero waste fashion and collaboration with famous Italian fashion houses. No new textile production whatsoever!  

Piroshka -- Our absolute favorite! Designer Anna Hegedüs co-creates inspiring collections of women’s clothing in collaboration with Hungarian artisans. Together, they incorporate the traditional skills of weaving, indigo dyeing and embroidery with modern design and values rooted in sustainability to create urban-chic and ready-to-wear collections.  

On our days off we took a historic walking tour (proud nerds), drank Hungarian wine (worth a trip in itself) in the ruins of Szimpla Kert, hunted down the city's best vegan food (Slow Foodiez for lunch + Kozmosz for dinner) and lounged in the famous Turkish baths. Still, a highlight of the trip was stumbling upon ethical design shop Prezent, whose owner Suzy is dedicated to supporting small scale, sustainable Hungarian makers and providing alternatives to local customers and tourists alike.  

Presenting at events like GSFW (as well as Arnhem Design Festival and Fair Fashion Festivals) alongside experts in the field of sustainable fashion has created so many opportunities for learning and fine-tuning our own values and approach. Our main take-away is that there are, of course, so many different possibilities in regard to sustainable fashion, each guided by different values and different desired impacts. We have always felt that all avenues to positive change are, of course, valid. The more we learn, the more we feel confident saying-- all of these approaches to sustainable fashion are necessary. We are all necessary to create positive change.

Vrede & Liefde!

Cara Boccieri