Globally Connected: Global Identities in Focus: The New Fashion Vanguard of Eastern Europe

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Globally Connected: Global Identities in Focus: The New Fashion Vanguard of Eastern Europe


As we look to a post-pandemic world, a new generation of designers, artists and creative leaders are reimagining the future of fashion. We talk to those working in the rapidly growing creative economy of Eastern Europe to discuss their work, inspiration and the creative influence of the region.
Hosted by Zeke Edwards, a Cultural Fellow and undergraduate student in the Entrepreneurship for the Fashion & Design Industries program and Marissa Lee, an undergraduate student in the Advertising & Marketing Communications program. Zeke works as a fashion sales and marketing specialist and Marissa is the Junior Editor at Mission Magazine and a freelance writer.
Panelists: Maia Gogiberidze: As the founder & CEO of Materiel Tbilisi, Gogiberidze has used her expertise to build a contemporary fashion house in partnership with one of Georgia’s oldest apparel manufacturers. Materiel has a sustainable focus and serves as a launching pad for many of the country’s top designers. In 2016, Gogiberidze expanded her work in founding Tbilisi-based concept store DOTS, interacting with foreign markets and customers alongside those in her native Tbilisi.
Salome Mikashavidze: Originally from Georgia, Salome built a foundation working with noteworthy Tbilisi-based brands, including the likes of Materiel Tbilisi. Transitioning to her work as founder & CEO of fashion sales and PR agency NOIZY, Mikashavidze currently works with a number of the country’s most prominent emerging designers and creatives. She is a Tbilisi tastemaker and expert fashion brand developer who is actively shaping the creative landscape of Georgia.


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