,,The line of the cut
must be beautiful”

Józef Turbasa


JÓZEF TURBASA (1921-2010)

Declared the First Tailor of the Republic of Poland. In the 1960s, Pierre Cardin himself offered him the position of the head cutter of the men’s department at his Parisian fashion house.


In 1946, he established the bespoke atelier in Kraków, and Turbasa’s name soon became more and more recognized abroad. Józef Turbasa was an ambassador of true elegance, a master not only in title but also – and notably – in the full understanding of the word. He created the legend of the company in which the personalities who made up the history of the second half of the 20th and early 21st century were dressed – Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, great composers, writers, presidents, prime ministers, ministers, ambassadors and front page figures. Krzysztof Penderecki made his debut in a tailcoat tailored by the Master. Classic suits were worn by Stanisław Lem and Czesław Miłosz, and tuxedos by Lucjan Kydryński and Andrzej Wajda. Speaking of tuxedos, as Wisława Szymborska, a Nobel Prize winner, was kind enough to note in her volume Nonrequired Reading: “Naturally, a tuxedo must be bespoke. Preferably tailored by a master like Józef Turbasa, who lives in Krakow…”.
photo: W. Plewiński (ateliers archive)



Jerzy Turbasa passionately continues the legend of the Kraków workshop in the second generation. He became one of the most recognizable figures of Polish tailoring. For over 30 years he has been dressing famous figures from the circle of science, culture, art, business and diplomacy. He graduated with honours from the Faculty of Architecture of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow, where he later worked as a research assistant. He is responsible for the projects of many residencies and mansions in Warsaw and Krakow and about 40 interior designs.

Together with his father, he has been running J. Turbasa atelier since 1986. He collaborates with the ‘’Twój Styl” and ‘’Elle” magazines.


Real artists
Needle professors
One of the few in Europe!

When the tailor receives all the elements and accessories from the cutter, his skillful fingers create a jacket, a coat, a suit, a tailcoat or a pelisse. The employees themselves imprint the mark of their talent upon each piece they tailor. To become the part of us, you need not only to possess a pair of golden hands, but also high professional intelligence, allowing you to get the nuances in no time. Our creations are pure handicrafts, but called into being using the latest techniques.


"The ABC of Men’s Elegance"

Jerzy Turbasa

Wydawnictwo AA, 2001

"Dressing a Woman of the Success"

Jerzy Turbasa

Wydawnictwo AA, 2007


"ZŁOTE NOŻYCE" [The Golden Scissors]


Screenplay and realisation - Krystyna Szturc
phot. Bartosz Cichonski
mont. Jacek Merecik
produced by TVP S.A. Branch in Krakow, 2002.
A family portrait in the interior of the Krakow’s famous atelier as an attempt to understand the professional path of Master Józef Turbasa and his son Jerzy.

"DYLEMATY POLAKÓW: MODA MĘSKA" [The Dilemmas of Poles: Men’s Fashion]

K. Miklaszewski.

"50+1’lecie Artystycznej Pracowni Krawieckiej J. Turbasa" [50 + 1st Anniversary of J. Turbasa Atelier]

The film was made on the occasion of celebrating 50th and 1st anniversary of J. Turbasa atelier in the interiors of the "Pod Krzyżykiem" restaurant at the Main Square in Krakow; the interior designer of said restaurant is Jerzy Turbasa.

"ISTNIENIE" [The existence]

dir. Marcin Koszałka

Jerzy Turbasa - participation in the film. Some of the photos for the film were taken at J. Turbasa atelier. It is a documentary telling the story of the Krakow’s actor Jerzy Nowak, who is slowly preparing for his own death...

"KRAWIEC" [The Tailor] (2009) – scriptwriter i director – Magdalena Siemion.

Scriptwriter i director: Magdalena Siemion

The reportage presents the persona of Jan Tyranowski - an ordinary tailor and at the same time a mystic, the first spiritual guide of Karol Wojtyła. The film was shot at the atelier’s headquarters.


Produced by: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza, Poland 2011
Director: Judyta Fibiger. Screenplay: Judyta Fibiger, Ewa Olbrychska

The film is part of the "Guide to the Poles" series of documentary films implemented as part of the Polish Cultural Presidency Foreign Programme 2011



The exhibition of photographs by Jacek Balcewicz presenting the architectural work of Jerzy Turbasa


Exhibition of clothing and photography as part of a project implemented by the Association of Polish Architects – "Architect beyond Architecture". The presentation was related to a subsequent book publication under the same title "Architekt poza architektury / Architect beyond architecture". Among the honoured persons were, inter alia: Marek Grechuta, Andrzej Mleczko, Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz, Wojciech Plewiński, Jerzy Turbasa, Wilhelm Sasnal, ...

WAJDA – exhibition in the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow (2019)


Presentation of a “L'habit vert” (ornamented tailcoat) from the J. Turbasa atelier, in which Andrzej Wajda was dressed during the admission ceremony to the prestigious French Academy.


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