The Polish-American Fashion Foundation (PAFF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 as a platform to generate exposure and opportunities for young Polish creatives, with a focus on the fashion industry. It is PAFF's goal to empower Polish brands and designers, showing off Poland’s developing industries. PAFF hopes to show the Polish creative scene for what it is: a dynamic and creative market highlighted by its fresh outlook.
In 2015, PAFF organized the first-ever New York Fashion Week event featuring exclusively Polish designers. Since its inaugural year, PAFF's Polish Fashion Week has presented the most compelling talents on the Polish fashion scene. This includes the work of both established designers such as Paprocki & Brzozowski and Viola Spiechowicz, as well as emerging talents such as Acephala, confashion, and TAKK. In addition to Polish Fashion Week, PAFF is responsible for regularly organizing pop-ups/showrooms, design competitions, networking events, and currently, exhibitions and art shows that extend beyond the realm of fashion. Both editions of PAFF's Polish Fashion Week were preceded with national design competitions open to Polish designers of all experience levels.
In December of 2015, PAFF received the “Friend of the Polish Economy” award from the Trade & Investment Section of the Consulate General of Poland in New York. This award is granted to companies that have had a profound impact on the promotion of Poland overseas. This year’s second recipient was Google Inc.
The Foundation's efforts would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of our partners and sponsors. We are happy to announce partnership with the following companies: