In only its third season, Tbilisi Fashion Week is known for picking up homegrown talent as well as that from neighboring countries Ukraine and Russia. As the only US retailer with a team on the ground, we’ve experienced the fashion first-hand. Here’s everything you need to know.
Words by Tatiana Hambro
It’s a city that’s excited by its relatively new emergence onto the fashion scene—the Modettes returned with stories of camaraderie and
enthusiasm between the designers. On the street, there’s a post-Soviet Vetements-esque cool girl vibe.
Translation? Pared-down yet directional pieces that look a bit like Rick Owens, the occasional pop of color, short bangs and minimal makeup.
“Most collections walked at MoMA, but the final show of each day was hosted at other venues. Djaba chose the Youth Palace whereas Bessarion showed behind the bleachers of a sports arena.
Everyone looked forward to seeing the collections in these unique spaces at the end of the day.”
—Jana Ashley Hofeimer, RTW Brand Manager
“Mastering the cool-girl effect was Ketevane Maissaia—a minimal ‘80s dance party of models in jeans and white T-shirts sporting the signature zip loafers and killer moves!”
—Emilie Ghilaga, Accessories Brand Manager
Sofia Tchkonia—widely considered the Godmother of Georgian fashion—is the founder and creative director of Tbilisi’s Fashion Week.
She splits her time between Paris and Tbilisi, where she was born.
WHERE TO EAT
Café Gabriadze in Tbilisi old town serves authentic Georgian food in a cozy, artistic atmosphere.
WHERE TO STAY
Rooms Hotel is a quirky Wes Anderson-style feast for the eyes (and your Instagram feed) set in the bohemian heart of Tbilisi.
WHAT YOU CAN’T MISS
A cup of strong coffee in Café Gabriadze followed by a walk around the old city.
We hear the Tbilisi flea market is packed with hidden gems, and a trip to the sulfur baths is a must.
“I will never look at sulfur the same way, and that’s a good thing!” says Emilie.