Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Sartorialist in Poland and Ukraine


Last year around this time, I had a great trip to Poland for the Art and Fashion Festival in Poznan. Luckily, they’ve asked me to return!


After Poland, I will make my first visit to Kiev from October 18th-21st. You guys always steer me in the right direction (and by the way, your fellow readers appreciate your recommendations made on this blog about different cities), so is there anything I have to keep an eye open for in Poznan and Kiev?


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  1. Royal Wang

    October 9, 2013 at 6:04 am


      October 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

      She’s so stylish… I love the chunky knit scarf, I use to knit them myself!

      Regards from London

    • andreea

      October 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

      in kiev, you must not miss the pynchuk art center. it’s free and it always has the coolest, world-class shows! :)

      • Landon

        October 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        I second the Pynchuk Art Center. It is very interesting, and right in the center of Kyiv.
        It is nice to say Kyiv

        • Martine

          October 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

          Funny. Its hard to remember that Kiev isn’t Russian. Actually…it would be interesting for me to see photos taken in Russia. It sounds…really exotic.

        • Lali

          October 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

          thank you for this clarification! I really appreciate it and am happy someone else said it.

  2. Lucas Schilder

    October 9, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Stunning Lady :)

  3. Mira

    October 9, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Wow pretty cool total black look. Enjoy your stay!!

    xx Mira

  4. Frantz Barons

    October 9, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Noir et intense !
    La maille lui va à merveille.

  5. Blaise

    October 9, 2013 at 6:30 am

    In Poznan you should visit second hand NooNah on Garbary Street. Absolutely greatest place for coffee is Piece of Cake on ┼╗ydowska Street. In Piece of Cake works Ania – she perfect for your blog :)

  6. Theodore

    October 9, 2013 at 6:33 am

    In Kiev there’s my friend Valera Topal – a designer and a very funny guy.


    October 9, 2013 at 6:40 am

    In Kiev, you must go and visit all the extraordinary churches. Remember, Kiev is the craddle of Russian (yes) orthodoxy.

  8. Nico

    October 9, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I can’t explain how much curious I’m about this your new trip, can’t wait to see your pics!!

    lowbudget-lowcost Fashion Blog

  9. Denisa

    October 9, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Interesting look. Great day.

  10. AdinaN.

    October 9, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Beautiful photo, I love her cardigan :X

  11. Rebecca Loades

    October 9, 2013 at 6:50 am

    You should take a trip to Krakow!!! By far one of the coolest places in Poland. My sister-in-law’s family own and run the Krakow School of Art and Design there. An incredible place to learn and a fascinating city to visit!

    • Amelie

      October 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      I agree, you definately should visit Cracow!

      • bisane

        October 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        Not at all.. Krakow is incredible to live ;) oh.. just come to visit!

  12. Laura

    October 9, 2013 at 6:55 am

    It is always so great to discover new cities! Enjoy!

  13. Marek

    October 9, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Chopin Park in the center of Poznan. The place where young photographers and models arrange amator sessions.

  14. Madi

    October 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

    There is a ranking about the most beautiful women in the world:
    1. Kiev
    2. New York
    3. Buenos Aires
    we want to see a lot of pics!!

  15. Katerina

    October 9, 2013 at 7:49 am

    WOW!!! Kiev is my city!! I think you’ll like the PinchukArtCentre & Mystetskyi Arsenal. For good looking people visit Passage. However all central part of Kiev is just great!

  16. magda

    October 9, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Wow, it’s so good news to all Polish.
    Unfortunately I don’t know Pozna┼ä at all…. There is old city worth to see it, but other interesting pubs, restaurants, places, you will get know for sure as you will have very good city guides (I hope you will have :)))

    I have your books, i love your blog. You are photo champion, you know how to show human style and emotions. You know how to find beauty where at a glance there is nothing to show, you know how to highlight the strenghts hidden under dark side.
    I owe you the new attitude to fashion.
    Despite my love to art and fashion I still work in corporation, have not run away yet to real word, but I think that this decision is closer and closer ….

    Big Hug.

  17. Xeana

    October 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Perfect look! Cool scarf!

  18. ChamaFashion

    October 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Beautiful picture!

  19. Heather P.

    October 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Hope you have a great time! I’ve always wanted to travel to Poland – my great-grandparents came from there as children, and I’ve always wanted to see where they grew up!

    • A.

      November 3, 2013 at 4:17 am

      The place where your great-grandparents grew up has perished and doesn’t exist any more. All you can do is go there and see how the newcomers rebuilded that land.

  20. Supal {chevrons and ├ęclairs}

    October 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Oh that comfortable scarf!

  21. Martha

    October 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Oh, there are so many extraordinary places in Kiev…Been living there for almost 6 years, I still discover something new about this city every day. And you’re lucky that it’s autumn now as Kiev gets twice more magical when autumn comes!!!
    And, indeed, the women are amazingly beautiful and charming there!!! Be aware! :)

  22. Erica

    October 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Wow! I want her entire outfit. She is perfect!

  23. Olga

    October 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Looking forward to you in Kyiv! Must visit places:
    - Andriivskyi Uzviz (a very wonderful historic district).
    -Kult Ra to taste admirable Kyiv Rus cuisine and chat with the most friendly waiters.
    -Art Club 44 to hear some local bands.

  24. Alex

    October 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Hi, Scott!

    I’ll be glad to show you around in Kiev if you want, drop me a line, if you like. The ranking above is totaly true. Unfortunately UFW will be over by the time you arrive.


  25. Joanna

    October 9, 2013 at 10:05 am

    When it comes to Poznan, you wouldn’t regret visiting Jadalnia on Grunwaldzka Street. Also Taczaka 20 is a place that attracts mainly young and well-dressed people. It’s a pleasure to eat there a piece of delicious cake.

  26. Andy

    October 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

    In Kyiv you should definitely visit Andriyivskyi uzviz, Khreshchatyk (the main street of Kyiv), Sofiivska Square with its incredibly beautiful churches and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (especially the caves!).

    • Oksana

      October 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      +1 to Andriyivskyi uzviz & Kontraktova square. Its a place for artists and students. And its better to go there during the weekend. Pejzazna alleya – is a funny place to see, favourite place for Kyiv-ers. Hope you ll have fun there!

  27. myblogisfashion

    October 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    You should definitely visit Krakow when you’re in Poland. It’s one of the best cities over there, full of beautiful and stylish people!
    (And come over to Germany :D)

  28. Kat

    October 9, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I agree with Olga there, you MUST visit Andriivskyi Uzviz! Also the Khreschatyk neighbourhood is beautiful as well. If you have time, take a look at the churches too (like the Holy Sophia Cathedral). That being said, just wandering through the city will permit plenty of photo opportunities. Kyiv is a beautiful city, I think you’ll really like it.

  29. Natalia Iskovych

    October 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Hello Scott, U schuold visit Lviv, google it and u will understand why =)

    • TaniTa

      October 12, 2013 at 12:17 am

      +10000!!!! Lviv is amazing!

  30. gosiA

    October 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Scott, what about visiting Warsaw? I’m sure you would fish out well-dressed people out of the crowd ;)

    • Agnieszka

      October 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      agree!! :)

  31. Julik

    October 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Scott, make sure to stay for HUSH Warsaw show in Stary Browar in Poznan, see the vibrant, independent Polish designers HUSH Warsaw represent and I’m sure you will meet a great amount of people with individual style, who came for a bit of inspiration or to find a perfect bargain. Polish young unassuming, ethical, street inspired fashion is thriving. And God, Polish ladies can be uber cool!

  32. Alex

    October 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t have Poland recommendations, but I just wanted to say that I saved that picture the first time around. She is stunning.

  33. Monika

    October 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I’m sooooo keen to say what your eye will see in Kyiv. Do not cheat yourself by skimping on time there. Places/things/people you absolutely must not miss:

    for world-class, all-out stunning,
    – Saint Sophia Cathedral complex, conveniently right in the center of town (I’m not kidding. Oustide, Ukrainian baroque; inside, think Platonic ideal of recent D&G or Valentino Spring 2014);

    for unbeatable people-watching,
    – the chess park in front of the Red Building of Kyiv State University;
    – the square in front of Kyiv Mohyla University, and any of the coffee shops in the vicinity, in the Podil neighborhood;
    – the paths of the wooded park behind St. Michael’s Cathedral, towards Ukraine House (Ukrainskiy Dim);
    – Khreshchatyk, the main drag;
    – the Botanical Gardens next to Metro Universitetskaya.

    for real life,
    – Zhitiny Rynok (Zhitniy Market) in Podil neighborhood (you can also score a fabulous fur hat on the second floor);
    – the metro, especially Metro Station Zolotie Vorota (Golden Gates; again, not kidding, even just to walk through).

    I’m not there now; so very jealous you get to go to Kyiv in the autumn.

  34. Ula

    October 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    You should visit Malta in Poznan! It is great!
    + take Garance with to Poland!!!!!! ;)

  35. Marco

    October 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    In Kiev all the area around the Passage and Horodetskoho street (Restaurant Fellini) but also on the hill on the other side of the Khreshchatyk next to Hyatt and Intercontinental Hotel. There are some amazing churches and palaces. Girls in Kiev are outstanding.

  36. Kit

    October 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    The scarves. They are the treasure of the Ukraine. Originating from folklore they have a history – you can find cheap copies and handmade silk and wool samples. It is like this is where D&C get their inspiration and gain all credit. When ever any of my friends go this direction, I always ask them to bring me some. The sizes vary from huge to small and can be used from interior to street wear.

  37. Iga

    October 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    In Poznan:
    - Art Stations Gallery in Stary Browar- always something interesting to check out
    -Centrum Kultury Zamek- amazing building, the combination of old and new architecture, place of many culture events such as concerts, film screenings and there’ s a great bookstore and restaurant inside too (st.martin’s street-the very centre of the city)
    -of course Old City and famous wooden goats that beat their heads at 12 pm
    -Malta lake and everything around (sports centres, shopping mall, swimming pools, and more)
    -of course many theatres and museums (with famous National Museum in Poznań with many great paintings)
    -City Park Poznan- it’s a complex of barracks in which u can find apartments, hotel, shops, officess and restaurants but the architecture is breath-taking
    and many many more. It depends on what ur actually looking for.
    Hope it helps :)
    Have a good time in Poland.

  38. Anna

    October 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Ooh sounds exciting, can’t wait for the pics!

  39. CBC

    October 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    love her look then and now…

  40. Anna

    October 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Why not make a sneaky detour to Budapest? You won’t regret it – it’s rough, real and absolutely beautiful.

  41. Krystyna

    October 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I like Garbary district in Poznan, some beautiful postindustrial buildings. You may want to check out “Stara Rze┼║nia” (Old Butchery) club
    There’re some nice green spaces for walking around and relaxing – Citadel park (beautiful especially now in October), Warta river walk. Depends what you actually like.
    Poznan is quite small so you’ll be able to see a lot just walking around. Enjoy :)

  42. milex

    October 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Now I am really sorry I moved from Poland to England.

  43. Helen

    October 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Welcome to Kiev!
    I bet you will definately like our beautiful city and our people. We have a lot of cool places and cool people. Historical city center is very compact and you can definately go by foot around it and enjoy every single corner of it!
    We cant wait to see Ukrainian people in your blog.

  44. Agnes

    October 10, 2013 at 2:36 am

    When in Pozna┼ä be sure tovisit the most chic barber shop- Bistor on Ma┼ée Garbary St. You’ll be able to find many stylish people there ;)

  45. Hanna

    October 10, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Poland: Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk

  46. Emka

    October 10, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Now, in Poland is warm, sunny and colorful Autumn.

  47. alessia sica

    October 10, 2013 at 4:45 am

    great coat

    The New Art of Fashion

  48. Katya

    October 10, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Hi Scott! You should visit Pinchuk Art Center in Kyiv

  49. fluuh

    October 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

    In Kyiv: def. Lavra, historical centre and if it were summer: hydropark!

    When time for detour: lviv is handsome. so is cracow. But why not enjoy Kyiv and poznan?

  50. just

    October 10, 2013 at 9:01 am

    First of all, you should visit our capital city, Warsaw! It’s full of colour people, that aren’t afraid of showing their individual style :) and so many unusual places to see.
    It would be honour to be your private guide :)

  51. Zuzi

    October 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

    If you want to taste extravagant Poznan, meet with Grupa Mixer.

  52. natasha

    October 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I just came back from my native Ukraine last month.
    I highly recommend checking out this new atelier -boutique “Otaman”.
    They concentrate mainly on menswear in traditional Kozak’s style( however, it is modernized a bit). They also can customize things for you.
    It is located downtown. Here is the website:
    Enjoy your trip

  53. Lena Ivanova

    October 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Of course,Scott, when you will be in Kiev, you have to visit all the shows on MBKFW, especially the IVANOVA show ;)))

    (love yours pictures :))

  54. Marta

    October 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm


  55. Anna

    October 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Poznan? Unfortunately it is becoming one of the dullest cities in Poland, although Poznan Marathon (which is taking place this Sunday) is something that livens the place up a little. Apart from that – I am drawing a blank. Warsaw, Wroclaw – so much more captivating!

  56. Genteel Flair

    October 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I’d really love to see this photograph on the cover of the next book released by The Sartorialist. It just seems to fit–simple yet captivating.
    Do visit:

  57. Jen

    October 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    In Poznan during the summer, usually August, the Transatlantyk festival happens. It’s an arts festival that also seeks to introduce new talent so check it out!

  58. JimmyO

    October 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Glad to hear it – the culture of Kyiv and Ukraine is unique among Europe. I’d echo the call to Lviv – it is the country’s most cultural city.

    On a side note – consider using the Ukrainian spelling Kyiv, and not the Russian spelling, Kiev! It would mean a lot to freedom loving Ukrainians like myself and others.

    Enjoy your time!

  59. Magda

    October 11, 2013 at 3:56 am

    I’m so glad you are taking part in AFF. Poznan is my favourite city in Poland! If you want to capture interesting places I would say Garbary as well. My favourtie spots for coffee or drink are Strefa Kultyrator ( Dragon ( and Ptasie Radio ( but there are plenty of other amazing spots!

    Enjoy your time!

  60. Katarzyna

    October 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I do recomend in Poznan:
    - SPOT (great place – restaurant, city SPA and boutique…)
    - Kisielice (great pub/club on Taczaka street)
    - Dragon (great place for polish bear or drink… old town)
    - Malta Lake (especially on Sunday 13th October when the Poznan Marathon starts)
    - CK Zamek
    - Meskalina (pub in the middle of the old town)
    - Sołacz (beautifull, old dictrict in Poznań with amazing old park)

    Have fun! :-)

  61. Kasia

    October 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

    - So┼éacz with villas from 1920′s
    - three old districts with Poznan Jugenstill: Je┼╝yce (which is the most trendy district right now), Wilda and ┼üazarz – all of them provide with daily farmers markets

  62. Olga Sahraoui

    October 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Looks like, you got a full tourist bag for Kiev :) I will add just one thing. By simply walking along the beautiful streets of Kiev surrounded by old European architecture, you will admire and experience Ukrainian culture in its full beauty.

  63. Alessia

    October 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm



  64. Kasia

    October 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

    So great to have you in Poznan again! This time you definetely should visit the Citadel park with lovely set of Abakanowicz sculptures – very picturesque and So┼éacz – old district with villas from the 20′.

  65. Prinii

    October 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

    … Be sure you drop by to Warsaw, there are cafes and restaurants world-class and the people who will surprise you with a sense of style. I love your photos and the way you show us not only clothes but also the people, their style and even the soul … I love it!
    I invite you to Warsaw!!!

  66. Zuza

    October 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Wilson Park in Poznan is amazing, there’s a Palm House there which is pretty incredible. Also if you’re not confused by the animals living in cages and the wheather is good then the New Zoo in the middle of the forest is a huge place and beside all the animals it’s simply a beatiful space. Maybe you could even get there by a little narrow gauge train called Maltanka. It’s connected with the Malta Lake in the middle of the city, people mentioned it above. You might like the Go┼é─Öbnik (Dovecote), it’s a caffeteria situated in a most beautiful old town house on Wozna 9 street.

  67. Reet

    October 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    It woul be so great if you’d also come to Tallinn, capital of Estonia (the country where Winny Puhh, the band who was at Rick Owens show lately, comes from)!

  68. Maria

    October 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Most interesting places in Kiyv, which are really genuine, are not situated in the city center. Sometimes when I walk around Kyiv suburbs I regret I am not a streetstyle photographer as I see marvelous examples of style every single day and unfortunately I don’t always have a chance to take a picture.
    What about churches – you’ll see them anyway (including macabre catacombs where people kiss 1000 years old ashes), they are everywhere and each one resembles another.

  69. Susanna Vesna

    October 13, 2013 at 7:49 am

    How amazing that you will be in Ukraine! Great to know your putting us on your map of Fashionable places! Can’t advise much about Kiev, as I’m from Zaporozhye, but all I know it is very beautiful and historical! So probably, I will plan to visit Kiev for a thorough tour, after I have seen what places u visited! Have fun! :*

  70. Sarah

    October 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    My partner is from Kyiv, and I recently went to visit his home city. For me being from the UK i didn’t know what to expect, but the old part of the city is really beautiful, and majestic. We are both huge fans of the arts and so he was sure to take me to Pinchuk…i recommend a visit. If you want to see beautiful, elegantly dressed women, go to the National Opera House….it’s full of them! We are both dancers ourselves, and so it’s an obvious night out for us, but if you have time you could also try to catch one of the Virsky National Folk Dance shows. They are so popular that they mostly perform elsewhere nowadays, but on occasions they still perform in Kyiv. They are uniquely bold, and have amazing strength and vigour, the atmosphere in the audiences is great too, and perhaps some of their costumes could lend a vision into some of the more traditional Ukranian fashion ideas!


    October 14, 2013 at 3:07 am

    THESARTORIALIST IN KYIV!! I’m gonna celebrate this!

  72. Przemek

    October 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    In Poznan You should visit Taczaka 20 (small cafe) – it was mentioned by someone already but it’s really worth to go especially that is close to the Stary Browar where Art and Fashion Festival is taking place. And one more place Ye┼╝yce Kuchnia – nicely designed place with great food located in the best district of Poznan. And for the record if I had to choose one of those two I would visit Yezyce Kuchnia. Have a nice stay.

  73. Isa

    October 14, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Fantastic shoes !

  74. Karina

    October 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Poland – KRAKOW!!!

  75. Monica

    October 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm


    i love following up on the your choice of street styles across the world especially in nyc, paris and milan. how about checking out vienna? there’s going to be a cool arts/design selling show (FESCH’MARKT) coming up november 15th to 17th. It’s worth stopping by as the queue is alway full of exiting personalities, not to mention the stuff being sold!

    would be happy to show you around!

  76. pdm

    October 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    what shoes are those?

  77. Elena

    October 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Wow wow wow!!! You will be in Kiev these days!

    - Pejzazhna alleya is very cute place! Especially Large Blue Cats Sculptures!
    - After Maidan Nezalegnosti and Kreshatik (center of the city) you should definitely go to Institutskaya street – there are beautiful National Bank and House with Chimaeras – it is really fantastic!!
    - Andriyivskyy Descent is a must! It is Montmartre of Kiev :)
    - Pinchuk Art Center is just cool and funky!

    I hope you will have a great time here! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  78. Jeremiah

    October 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Stunning. Intense. However, I want to take a hacksaw to the lifts of her shoes.

  79. tey

    October 19, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Poland loooooooves grey colour – we wear a lot of grey hoodies. check out this brand: risk. made in warsaw – You can see it a lot on the streets – all they do is grey. They even make tux hoodies :

  80. Agata

    October 19, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Hi Scott,

    Great to hear that you are back in Poznan!
    I would recommend you to visit Jezyce -old neighbourhood that is regaining its fresh spirit. Great place to grab a snack and meet up the creative bunch of people. Taczaka street that gets its inspiration from Berlin, and much more… You can have a look at the list of my spots in Poznan

    Have fun, and have a splendid time !


    btw Any plans to visit Belgium soon?

  81. m

    October 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    oh come to warsawww

  82. edita

    October 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Poznan and Krak├│w !!!!!

  83. pat

    October 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    great to have you back in POLAND

  84. Harry Radcliffe

    October 22, 2013 at 1:30 am

    In Poznan, be sure to eat dinner at

    Restaurant Bazanciarnia
    Stary Rynek 94
    61-773 Poznan

  85. Elisabeth Rallo

    October 24, 2013 at 4:00 am

    We were in Ukrainia the same days, what beautufil landÔÇŽKiev and Lviv are great!

  86. Ania

    October 30, 2013 at 8:29 am

    You should visit ┼ü├│d┼║ (Lodz) in Poland – really great post-industrial locations, loads of Polish designers come from here (the art school has fashion design department) and this is where Fashion Week Poland happens – not to mention the fact that ┼ü├│d┼║ was the centre of the textile industry in Poland!

  87. Ania

    November 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    great to hear that you enjoyed Poland!!
    if you can you should try going to warsaw – lots of people with really good sense of style! :)

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