“Nanushka” from Hungary
Karolina Tima Szabo
The designer is Sandra Sándor, who was born (March 29, 1982) and raised in Budapest. She attended and graduated the London College of Fashion. Soon after she graduated, she launched her own “Nanushka” clothing label. (Nanushka was her childhood nickname.)
Sandra’s mom designed children clothing, that is when she decided to continue in that business, only for women. Her aim is to create clothing for women that is traditional in style, still modern, comfortable to wear, and that never goes out of style. Among the fabrics she uses is vegan leather, to avoid the slaughter of animals.
In 2006 she won the “Az Év Fiatal Divattervezője” (Young Designer of the Year) award in Budapest, where her collections were introduced for the first time.
In 2008, she won the Forbes “A jövő ígérete’ (Promise of the Future) title.
After her life partner, Péter Baldaszti joined her in 2016, the Nanushka name became well known internationally.
Her first presentation at New York Fashion Week, an important breakthrough, took place this past year. In February 2018, she opened her own store in Los Angeles.
The clothing is designed in Budapest and produced in Europe. Fabric and workmanship are the best of quality. It is sold in over 30 countries online, also in Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, Liberty and Browns, Net-a-Porter and Mytheresa stores; and is shipped to over 100 countries.
Lucy Liu, Selma Blair, Uma Thurman and Charlize Theron are only a few who wear her clothing.
“East meets West” is her 2018 fall/winter collection; in September she introduced her 2019 Spring/Summer collections.
My favorite? The polka dot Nevada pants.
Karolina Tima Szabo is a retired Systems Analyst of the Connecticut Post newspaper and Webmaster of Magyar News Online. She is the proud grandmother of two.