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Gabriela Ligenza

Gabriela Ligenza, photography by Przemysław Kozłowski
 

Gabriela Ligenza was born in 1959. She left Poland with her husband in the 1980s due to political and economic reasons. At the beginning of her emigration she commenced internship in an architectonical company in Brussels. From there Gabriela Ligenza went to London, where she did some odd-jobs.

Her story was influenced by a hat that she accidentally saw in some London club. It remained in her memory for so long that she decided to make her own. Gabriela’s friends liked the hat that she’d made so much that they persuaded her to make an entire collection of headwear. When the collection was completed, Gabriela Ligenza started to get in touch with fashion stores. Soon her hats were sold in over eighty boutiques all over the world. The brand’s growing popularity made it almost impossible to meet the growing demand. To create the best headwear, Gabriela Ligenza decided to set up her own showrooms. Her clients include many world-famous stars and aristocrats.


Interview by Sebastian Furtak and Jacek Debis in October 2011 in London.

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Trial-and-error method
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The scent of lemons on Batory
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Not missing my homeland
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Beginning of a milliner’s career
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Breaking the rules
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Turning failures into success
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First fashion trade show in London
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Mentality of Poles and Englishmen
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