Budapest is not a fashion capital yet – though the city is full of very talented, upcoming fashion designers, great showrooms and hip brand stores. If you want to find something unique for yourself, a great piece of clothing or really exciting accessories you should visit these designers and you should get to know their collections better. This time we would like to introduce a few well-known figures of the Hungarian fashion scene.
Anh Tuan Showroom
Luu Anh Tuan, the Hungarian fashion designer with Vietnamese origins, is well-known for his impeccable leather bags and accessories. He established his own brand, Anh Tuan, in 2006 in Budapest. Ever since the beginning of his career he showcased his collections in Zagreb, in London, in Prague, in New York, in Hanoi and of course in Budapest. His collections are mainly inspired by his journeys and his travels around the world. He presents two collections annually and his designs are available in his Budapest showroom, as well as in several other local fashion stores.
Showroom: 1064 Budapest, Rózsa utca 74. - By appointment only (+36-30-983-3499)
Daniel Benus started his career as a shoe-designer but after a while he turned to menswear. His first collections for men were kind of simple and elegant but in the recent seasons he shifted towards a more edgy style. He draws his inspiration from sportswear and from the 60s and 70s. He was named as the “Young Designer of the Year” in 2011 – ever since his pieces appeared in several Hungarian and international publications. His collections are available in his showroom, on Fehér Hajó utca.
Showroom: 1051 Budapest, Fehér Hajó utca 12-14.
konsanszky - Dóra Konsánszky
Dóra Konsánszky started her studies at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. At the end of her studies she received a Nina Ricci and Air France scholarship - she moved to Paris where she attended Les Écoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. After she received her diploma she returned to Hungary, where she started to manage her own brand, konsanszky. Her collections are heavily influenced by the world of French Haute Couture and they represent the duality of delicate femininity and structural strength. She received several prizes, including the ‘Designer of the Year’ award in 2006, in 2008 and in 2010.
Showroom: 1075 Budapest, Károly körút 3.c - 1st floor / 1.
Opening hours, upon appointment - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dora Mojzes – Gothic romanticism and dark glamour
“I considers my garments the tool of artistic self-expression” – says Dora Mojzes. Her collections are made for the strong, modern, self-conscious women who are in favour of dark, mysterious romanticism and glamour. The doramojzes pieces are often made from metallic fabrics and leather, but she also uses lace and silk just to create the perfect balance between strong structures and delicate airiness. She was also named as Designer of The Year, she also showcased her collections abroad and she managed to become internationally acclaimed. Kanye West mentioned her collections in his blog and Tyra Banks wore one of her dresses for a photo shoot.
Je Suis Belle – playful clothes for the Hungarian women
Je Suis Belle was founded by Dalma Dévényi and Tibor Kiss in 2005. Within a couple of years they managed to become one of the leading fashion brands of Hungary. Their aesthetics are heavily influenced by lightness and femininity, they create signature looks season after season and they are always trying to use innovative techniques. Their seasonal collections reflect on the current social and cultural changes yet they are always playful and perky. They showcased their collections in New York and they have worked with world-famous celebrities like Tilda Swinton.
Showroom: 1054 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 11.
Kata Szegedi is one of the emerging talents of the Hungarian fashion scene. Her designs are well recognisable – the layering techniques, the dark colours and the romantic designs are quintessentially parts of her collections. Her statement pieces include the reinterpreted ‘little black dresses’, extravagant coats, jackets and loose trousers. She is the favourite of the Hungarian supermodels; Sophie Srej and Enikő Mihalik are often seen wearing KataSzegedi pieces. Kata often collaborates with Daniel Benus – they have a joint showroom where they work and where they exhibit together. You can also find the KataSzegedi pieces in Showroom R9 on Ráday utca.
Showroom: 1051 Budapest, Fehér Hajó utca 12-14.
Monofashion Shop (Closed)
Mono Fashion is like the Mecca of designer pieces – it is one of the most popular Hungarian designer stores of Budapest. The store offers designer clothes, jewelleries and accessories for men and women, they host smaller art exhibitions and they also offer opportunities for the upcoming designers to showcase their designs in the displays of the shop windows. There are eclectic clothes, more elegant pieces and basic items as well in the store and despite the fact that the store itself is rather small it has a surprisingly wide range of clothes. They sell the collections of brands like Nubu, Anh Tuan, Nanushka, USE and Je Suis Belle just to name a few, but you can also find the works of other designers as well.
Mono Fashion: 1054 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos utca 20.
Nanushka Budapest Store & Cafe
Nanushka was the childhood nickname of designer, Szandra Sandor. Szandra studied at London College of Fashion then she returned to Hungary and she established her own fashion label. Her collections are usually inspired by the big city glamour and she often uses cosmopolitan themes for her pieces. The Nanushka collections combine playful cuts and lush fabrics with high-end elegance yet they have a sort of urban nomad feel.
The brand is expanding very quickly, however, Nanushka would like to remain a Hungarian-based fashion label. A Nanushka flagship store was recently opened in Budapest, on Fashion Street.
Brand store: 1052 Budapest, Fashion Street - Deák Ferenc utca 17.
USE unused – The ultimate femininity
USE Unused was established in 2004 by Eszter Füzes, Attila Godena-Juhász and András Tóth. Nowadays they are one of the leading fashion designers of Hungary and their brand has become one of the most popular and most successful Hungarian fashion labels. Throughout the years they reinterpreted the figure of the modern Hungarian woman, who is stylish, sophisticated and self-conscious. Their collections are always very feminine, minimalist and clear-cut; they represent a high artistic value and high quality standards. They create looks for women at every age.
Since the summer of 2017 the brand is no longer existing.The backpacks on the preview image are from the USE collection.