Bridging the Past and the Future with a Fashion Brand by Pola Stępień
33 min

Growing up in Poland (2:05)

Pessimism on the current environmental outlooks (3:43)  

Why launching a fashion brand is Pola’s way of taking action and of spreading her message (4:54)  

The Narciso collection, made with vintage fabrics dated back from the 90s (7:22)  

Łódź and its textile industry history (10:00)  

The urban Nomad collection,made with Polish denim dated back from the 80s (11:44)  

Fashion Design as a branch of Product Design (13:48)  

How Pola launched her first collection (15:15)  

Why Pola sells her collection directly to clients (17:37)  

Łódź Design Festival (18:22)  

“I want to focus on the ergonomics. My clothes, most of all wearable and comfortable and made with sophisticated tailoring techniques” (19:25)  

“My goal is to improve the quality of life with my brand” (21:52)  

How Pola defines success (22:29)  

Learnings from failures (24:28)  

Trade-offs to be made and moral dilemmas (25:32)  

The joys of running her brand (28:11)  

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CONNECT WITH Pola Stępień

MODAPOLKA: https://modapolka.com/en/shop/

IG / FB

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MENTIONED  IN THIS EPISODE

Polish former industrial city of Łódź

The Film The Promised Land (1975) by  Andrzej Wajda

Łódź Design Festival

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Host: Leekei Tang

Contact: podcast (at) themindfulfounder.com

Music credits: Mister Sunny Face by Wayne Jones / Blue Skies by Silent Partner / Happy Ukulele by Scott Holmes

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