Polish fashion brands that have arrived on the world stage are few and far between. Silesian export Magda Butrym, however, is making a mark. After moving from her hometown of Zabrze to Warsaw to study fashion design, she worked as a stylist for a television station, dressing celebrities, before co-creating minimalist label Portofino and then La Mania. She launched her own line in 2014. Magda’s unique selling point is the way she mixes contemporary cutting-edge design with traditional Polish craftsmanship—hand-woven textiles, handplaited leathers, hand-knitted fabrics, embroidered ornaments, and even garments made of small metal pieces assembled manually. The clothes are made by artisans in different regions of the country, including Podhale, Silesia, Nowy Targ and Warsaw. The 31-yearold designer has just five seasons under her belt but is already stocked by Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Moda Operandi, Ikram, Beymen and Elyse Walker, among others. The clothes themselves explore feminine/ masculine tension—think 1980s punk culture, a little shine, cool, non-stretch denim, easy leather pieces and edgy florals worn with fishnets. Magda’s punk is a modern, feminine version whose popularity on Instagram is testament to its super wearable cool-girl status. Fashion’s iron curtain has well and truly lifted and Warsaw style is on its way.