Agga B. Raya is polish born fashion designer and a young entrepreneur who moved to United States in 2002. She originally established her professional career in NY City, only to relocate it to Chicago in 2005, where she lives and works up till now. It is the vigorously growing cultural environment of the city that helps Agga implement her artistic visions of fusing fashion and art into one creative entity.
A designer in residence at the Macy’s Fashion Incubator, the artist in residence at Creative Lounge Chicago inspired by Toyota, a supporter and art curator of young artists, or the stylist for various fashion publications; are just few of Agga’s roles that label her as the unique creator, who is brave enough to step up the fashion standards of Chicago. One of her latest part: a producer and a curator of art and fashion shows that spread out from Chicago to Warsaw, across to Bilbao and Bangkok.
Agga comes from the family of fashion designers, who for over 30 years have been manufacturing labels such as Max Mara, Burberry, French Connection and many others. While being exposed to the secrets of the fashion industry in an early age, Agga developed a practical knowledge of the business, furthermore, shaped her passion for design and eagerness to craft her own unique style. The elements of her design and concepts have a strong correlation with the world of fine arts, architecture, and industrial design; as those stay the main inspirations for the young designer. But by no means, the strongest of all, lays in simple observance of the street life and its dynamics.
“ I love to predict what trends are sprouting just by looking at surrounding art and masterminds behind it”
With the distinctive eye for detail and extraordinary talent for fabric manipulation, Agga constructs classic and elegant silhouettes that bear resemblance to the graceful style of the women in the early 20th Century. At the same time choosing unconventional fabrics and techniques of finishing her pieces, she brings her clothing line to the newer level, that she herself calls ‘fashion forward design”. Asymmetrical forms combined with soft accessories, unfinished edges hang loosely on the fabric, or competing textures interlacing together, are few of Aggas signature special effects that add distinctive modern twist and push the boundaries of classical look.
Her goal as a fashion designer is to help women express their identity as strong, confident and feminine. Her recipe: use of luxurious fabrics with easy-to-wear designs makes ‘looking’ effortlessly elegant, and fashionably easy.
The Atelier Method is a word for "artist's studio." In Chicago, three designers come together to occupy a creative space hosted by Toyota.The lounge promises to be a space that facilitates the interaction between TOYOTA engineers and public opinion leaders, personalities, creative spirits and artists brought together to foment ideas for the betterment of society of tomorrow.
The creative lounge has a beautiful artistic setting in which Agga freely uses every inch of the 4 thousand square footage to her full advantage. High end clients come to enjoy style sessions, fashion shows, gallery openings, hosted art sessions and photo shoots.
But most importantly, it's a place to design.
This rare opportunity only presents itself to the most promising up and coming talents of this generation.
"The Creative Lounge was all based on ideas and coming up with concepts for the company to enhance their brand awareness. This space is the result of collaboration with amazing people from all around the world."
- Agga B. Raya
Agga B. Raya