Successful & Sustainable Fashion during Riga Fashion Week

A number of events under the Successful & Sustainable Fashion project will take place during the forthcoming RIGA FASHION WEEK. The Successful & Sustainable Fashion project unites the initiative of the Nordic Council of Ministers with the unique experience of the Baltic Fashion Federation to promote the creation of a united fashion-industry in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region.
Our northern neighbours will present during RIGA FASHION WEEK in the beginning of November this year several activities - an exhibition of knitwear from Denmark “KNIT:STRIK”, a workshop for designers “The Independent Fashion Designer - Formula for Success” about successful fashion design and sustainable fashion production, and finally a fashion show of Hanna Sarén from Finland.

The spring/summer 2011 collection of one of the most famous fashion brands in Finland - Hanna Sarén – will be presented on RIGA FASHION WEEK. Hanna Sarén together with her business partner Jussi Tiilikka has been doing shoe collections since 1999 and clothing since 2001. Hanna Sarén also creates accessories – hand-made wooden footwear, bags and jewellery.
Besides the presentation of her collection on RFW, Hanna will lead the workshop for young and already experienced designers. On the example of her own experience Hanna will tell about how to base and further to develop own design brand, about cooperation with sellers and manufacturers of clothes of mass consumption, about marketing and sales. Hanna will share her know-how how to become the successful designer even with small capital on start. On behalf of Latvian manufacturers of clothes the director of the company Solutions Ginta Ozolina will tell about their experience of working with designers and about the requirements to them. In addition, the well known Ukrainian designer Lilia Poustovit will tell about her experience of cooperation with shops and manufacturers. The special part of the workshop is devoted to the topic of eco-fashion and use of the recycled materials at creation of exclusive design clothes which is becoming more and more popular. Here the experience of Hanna Saren will be amplified with the stories of known Estonian designer Reet Aus and the director of Helsinki Design Week Kari Korkman ( Kari Korkman will also present the NICE project which is an initiative of the Nordic Fashion Association ( NICE stands for Nordic Initiative, Clean and Ethical, and is a program and tools for a sustainable design process and fashion production. The workshop will take place on November 4 from 10.00 till 14.30 in the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija. Participation in the workshop is free of charge, the working language - English. Registration by e-mail:



From the 4th to the 12th of November, 2010, in design shop INRE, Brīvības iela 31, there will be a possibility to experience a colourful knitwear exhibition created by young Danish designers. The exhibition is organized by the Danish Cultural institute in Riga in cooperation with Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia and Kolding Design School in Denmark. Talking about Danish design, it is much more than minimalistic aesthetics. Do not always expect just functional furniture, clean lines and classical fashion. When it comes to the mix of knitwear and young creative minds, Danish design becomes experimental, kitsch and colourful.