Constantly since 1946 at Gertrudy Street, Krakow.

 

Józef Turbasa

JÓZEF TURBASA - the Master and the Artist
25.08.1921 – 01.08.2010 r.

He was a Master par excellence. Józef Turbasa was called the First Tailor of Poland and an emissary of true elegance.

Józef Turbasa established a tailoring atelier in 1946 at Gertrudy Street. Among other adept tailors, whose fame reached as far as Vienna, Józef Turbasa was a man of indisputable talent. He had an incredible gift of finding beauty in everyone. His advice, choice of the cut and the cloth were always unmistakable.

Tailoring requires something more than handwork. It needs to be guided by a concept - a concept of an ideal outline. In his cardboard patterns, Józef Turbasa enclosed perfect proportions of male and female figures, thus defining the new quality of bespoke tailoring in Poland.

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Soon, his name was well known even outside of the country. Pierre Cardin himself tried to hire him as the head cutter in his Parisian atelier. Józef Turbasa also was a part of the Polish resistance during the Second World War. A past like this precluded from receiving a passport, not to mention from a trip with whole family. Józef Turbasa decided that if he cannot go abroad, the world has to visit him. And Clients did! From all the continents. Maybe apart from the Antarctic.

The reputation of the company attracted the prominent personalities: Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, the greatest composers and literary figures, presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, politicians and celebrities. Krzysztof Penderecki worn the Master’s tailcoat during his debut, Stanisław Lem and Czesław Miłosz were admirers of Turbasa’s classic suits while Lucjan Kydryński and Andrzej Wajda opted for his signature dinner jackets. Even Nobel laureate Ms. Wisława Szyborska noted in one of her essays: "Naturally, the dinner jacket should be bespoke. Even better when it is tailored by such a Master like Józef Turbasa...".

Józef Turbasa’s legacy is the memory of his extraordinary personality and his ephemeral, sculptured in clots, works of art. One of his suits became a museum piece: thanks to Andrzej Wajda who bequeathed to the Jagiellonian Museum his embroidered French Academy Member l'habit vert, along his Oscar statuette. Józef Turbasa’s masterpiece is now presented next to the Copernicus' astrolabe.

Jerzy Turbasa

JERZY TURBASA
Master Cutter, Architect, ...

1978 - graduates with merit from Kraków University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture. For the diploma project, he presented his work that had been already accomplished and later presented on exhibitions in Milan and Zagreb – it happened for the first time in the history of the Faculty. Subsequently his project was nominated by the Faculty for the Skripij Prize for the Poland’s best diploma project.

1978-1986 - works as a tutor of the Faculty of Architecture, Institute of Sport and Recreation Architecture, under the supervision of professor Andrzej Skoczek. During this time he designed numerous houses in Warsaw and Kraków and developed interior designs for around 40 realisations.

1986 - designs the first in Poland John Paul II's shrine in Miłogoszcz

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1986 – starts to work with his father, Józef Turbasa, in the atelier. Begins to work as a fashion consultant for Elle and Twój Styl magazines.

1992 - collaborates with Krystyna Zachwatowicz and Andrzej Wajda on the adaptation of Hamlet for the Polish TV.

1996 - begins to work as a fashion columnist in Dziennik Polski. Also: realises fashion projects for Elle magazine and continues his career as an architect and interior designer

2000 - designs the John Paul II statue in Park Strzelecki, Kraków. He is also responsible for the statue surrounding and the landscape design of the park.

2001 - designs the flamboyant interiors of the Krakow’s Main Market restaurant Pod Krzyżkiem. His book, ABC Męskiej Elegancji [The ABC of Men's Elegance], is published, and favorably reviewed by Wisława Szymborska in her book of essays. The same year, he begins to work as a columnist for Puls Biznesu magazine.

2006 – becomes the new king of the Krakow Fowler Brotherhood (Krakowskie Bractwo Kurkowe), thus becoming the first in the history of Brotherhood the third king, who is from one family. The third Turbasa member holds that reputable title. His second book, Garnitur Polski [The Polish Suit], is published.

2006 – the Andrzej Wajda’s embroidered French Academy Member l'habit vert becomes a museum piece. Turbasa's suit is exhibited at the Jagiellonian Museum.

2007 – his book ...ubierając kobietę sukcesu... [...dressing a successful woman...] is published by the Wydawnictwo AA.

2010 - writes Abyście stare tradycje związane w waszym bractwem...,published by the Wydawnictwo AA.

Team

We are proud to call our team true artists and professors of the needle.

When the tailor receives all the elements from the Cutter, his skillful fingers create a morning suit, overcoat, suit, tailcoat or chesterfield. In our atelier we avoid narrow specialisations of the tailors, therefore each garment is shaped by the talent and skill of our team. Our tailors are not only masters of the craft, we also require a special kind of professional intelligence that facilitates the work. Our outfits are artisanal pieces of art.

And while we like to work with young and talented people, we also rely on experienced tailors such as Mr Kazimierz Czubin who has been a vital member of our team for the last 50 years(!). In order to congratulate his merits, in 2010, he was decorated by the Mayor of Krakow, Jacek Majchrowski, with the Honoris gratia award.

Exhibitions

  1. 'JERZY TURBASA - ARCHITEKTURA NA MIARĘ' [Jerzy Turbasa - Bespoke Architecture] (2008).
    Exhibition of photographs (by Jacek Balcewicz) presenting Jerzy Turbasa’s architectural works.

  2. 'JERZY TURBASA - ARCHITECT BEYOND ARCHITECTURE' (2011)
    Exhibition of garments and photographs organised within the Society of Polish Architects’ project Architect Beyond Architecture. The presentation was connected with the release of the book under the same title. The list of personalities distinguished in the project included Marek Grechuta, Andrzej Mleczko, Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz, Wojciech Plewiński, Jerzy Turbasa, Wilhelm Sasnal and others.

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Films

  1. "ZŁOTE NOŻYCE" [Golden Scissors] (2002)
    Script/direction – Krystyna Szturc, director of photography – Bartosz Cichonski, editing – Jacek Merecik, production – TVP S.A. The film, set in the atelier, presents the Turbasa family, trying to depict the professional paths of the Master Józef Turbasa and his son Jerzy.

  2. "DYLEMATY POLAKÓW: MODA MĘSKA" 2. [What troubles the Poles: male fashion], direction - K. Miklaszewski.

  3. "50+1 LECIE ARTYSTYCZNEJ PRACOWNIK KRAWIECKIEJ J. TURBASA" [The 50+1 anniversary of the Atelier J. Turbasa - Bespoke Tailoring]
    The film was realised on the occasion of the 51st anniversary of the J. Turbasa atelier. The movie was shot in the interiors of Pod Krzyżykiem restaurant, designed by Jerzy Turbasa.

  4. "ISTNIENIE" [Entity] (2007) dir. Marcin Koszałka.
    Some parts of the movie were shot in the J. Turbasa atelier. The film tells the story of Kraków-based actor, Jerzy Nowak, who slowly embraces the idea of his own mortality.

  5. "KRAWIEC" [The Tailor] (2009) - written and directed by Magdalena Siemion.
    The movie presents the true story of Jan Tyranowski – a simple tailor, but also a mystic and the first spiritual guide of Karol Wojtyła. The film was shot in the J. Turbasa atelier.

  6. "POLITICAL DRESS" (2011) - direction - Judyta Fibiger, script – Judyta Fibiger, Ewa Olbrychska, production: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza.
    The movie was a part of the Institute’s project Guide to the Poles, realised within the Foreign Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency 2011.

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