Every few months or so, a new shop pops up and Bizuu is my absolute favourite so far. It’s not as intense about hi-fashion like the shops up the block, in fact, you won’t find any international designers here – but what you will find is an absolutely gorgeous collection from two really talented Polish designers.
It’s one of those Cinderella style stories: two pals Blanka Jordan and Zuzanna Wachowiak were 9-5 working dames, until they realized that their fashion hobby could actually be profitable. Exactly one year ago they opened their first boutique in their native city of Poznań. Last September, they opened their Warsaw flagship, and today I think I’m in love.
Yes, it took me six months to make it here because winter kept me tucked into cashmeres at home, but now that spring is back, I felt it was finally time to see what was past those lovely shop windows – currently boasting the must-need pastels of the coming season. Inside I found more pastels in all sorts of shapes, all rather traditional and well-structured, but with a twist. Such as the chain mail trim on a fitted cream tweed dress (zł. 1,490) or bursts of chiffon blossoms fluffing out of pockets and atop shoulders on a similar number. It’s like the middle ground between girlish and grown-up; a little bit of serious, sophisticated and sexy. Okay, they’re not exactly affordable – but for this quality of tailoring, it makes sense.
Further back, it’s becomes clear that pastels don’t entirely rule this shabby-chic palace as there are a few safer colours: blacks, brown and plaids, plus a pretty daring mustard shade. They stock bags too – such as a roomy handbag in creamy caramel with a big bow splashed across the front (zl. 1,770). And while the bags are made in Italy, the rest of the collection is home-grown and home-sewn in Poznań. While there are a lot of Polish designers out there doing their thing, I have to say the Bizuu collection is at the head of the pack. (AL)