The cultural and design scene in Budapest is constantly changing, so luckily, we bump into exciting new things every now and then. In today’s selection, we aim to give you a glimpse of some of the up-and-coming Hungarian businesses worthy of our attention. They’re all good at different things, but they all share a common determination of opening up to young people with a will to create or who just want to have a good chat.
Kazetta may seem like just another ordinary coffee shop, but it’s much more than that. In 2020, they started as a hand and homemade clothing brand with a focus on sustainable and environmentally conscious design, which they try to pass on in the coffee shop’s philosophy. “First we screen printed T-shirts at home, then slowly we started to make other clothing items, and in May 2022, we opened Kazetta Cafe, which is now the focus of our work. At the moment, I’m putting all my energy into launching the coffee shop. Quality coffee and teas, drinks, a youthful attitude,” says Dani Somogyi, who founded the brand together with Violetta Németh both in their twenties. Once in the tiny shop, you can sip coffee from Danó Németh’s custom-made ceramic cups, or browse through Hungarian zines and photography magazines in the shade of the plants. Prints by Blanka Tompa Blanka and Evelin Ilyés are on display and also available for purchase.
There is no doubt that ceramics are having a renaissance. Many new brands, studios, and workshops have emerged in Hungary, and workshops are becoming very popular, which seems to indicate that we are not only willing to buy but also create the objects of our desire. According to Octogon magazine, the founders of the studio, Eszter Tábi, Luca Tar, and Réka Huszlicska “started working together with a resolutely open-minded approach to creating an inviting, welcoming, and inclusive space with a strong emphasis on education.”
Nagyimutatta (Granny taught me—the Transl.)
Eliza Dankovits was literally introduced to the art of embroidery by her grandmother, and her partner Olivér saw the potential for a successful family business. Although the confinement of the Covid-era had a negative effect on many, it contributed to the birth of their joint project. Eliza turns her customers’ ideas into reality with unique embroideries, in all different shapes and forms, from tote bags to denim jackets, hats, dishcloths, and wall hangings. But she also shares this joy with others, holding more and more workshops to help people discover the meditative energies of embroidery.
It started as a shared workshop, but it has also become a showroom and a creative and community meeting point in Budapest’s Palace District. Three different brands by three kick-ass girls are taking the stage here: you can witness the designer work of Nandi clothes, Kamay Ko Studio, and virágéknál unfold. Not only are you invited to choose from clothes, bags, and accessories, but you can also find illustrations, get hand-poked tattoos, and even get your nails done at Kamay Ko Nails.
Verkstaden Second Go
The Second Go is another sustainable project of Verkstaden—also located in the 8th district—of promoting the recycling of clothes. The concept is simple, yet brilliant: bring in a piece of worn-out clothing that you hold dear, and they’ll give it a new look by sewing on a pattern of their own.
Kazetta Cafe | Instagram | Facebook
Dano ceramics | Web | Instagram | Facebook
Sisko Studio Web | Instagram | Facebook
Nagyimutatta | Web |Instagram | Facebook
Luno studio |Instagram | Facebook
Verkstaden Second Go | Web | Instagram | Facebook