Polish born, American raised, Italian and French trained, serving as studio director for Sonia Rykiel before striking out on her own, Mona Kowalska is the founder and designer of sixteen-year-old cult label and store A Détacher.
Meaning "to detach" in French, the title of A Détacher is a misnomer, as Kowalska's clothes, designed consummately from her own personal affections, are objects of desire and create a high level of attachment for those who appreciate and wear them.
Join Kowalska as she takes to the stage at MAD with Jeremy Lewis, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Garmento Zine, for an evening dialogue exploring the mix of sly engineering, sympathetic notions of womanhood, and vivid wit that her collections are known for. Independent and delicate, nuanced but approachable, Kowalska's clothes cut through the smoke and mirrors fashion often uses to drum up false appeal. They get to the matter at hand: to offer something special, yet wholly believable, for a woman to wear.
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