Creative & Fashion Director
Began writing for newspapers and magazines during his studies in the late 1990s, covering design, art, fashion and architecture. He co-authored the original concept of Dolce Vita magazine, first published in 2002, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for eight years. He also helped to launch Proč ne?! (‘Why Not?!’), the first lifestyle supplement of Hospodářské noviny, the Czech Republic’s leading business daily newspaper, and continues to contribute to Proč ne?!.
For seven years Jan was fashion and creative consultant to the Czech edition of ELLE, and was a regular contributor to ELLE Man. He co-authored the relaunch of ELLE Decoration.
In 2013 he partly relocated to Portugal, where he became the fashion director of the Portuguese version of Madame Figaro and GQ magazines. That year he also co-founded a publishing house in Lisbon that initially took over the licence to publish GQ and, subsequently, Vogue, where he continues in the role of fashion director.
Jan is a founder member of the prestigious Czech Grand Design awards, and in 2005, together with Teresa Bruthansová, he prepared a book and a major touring exhibition on 100 Icons of Czech Design, showcasing the history of 20th century Czech design.
Since 2007 he has been the creative consultant for a variety of fashion and design brands including Jakub Polanka, Vitra, Blažek, Zuzana Kubíčková, Nehera and Neva Oslo.
Junior Beauty Editor
Is a journalist-millennial. He studied International Relations and European Studies at the Metropolitan University in Prague. He has been active in the cosmetics industry for ten years, working with some big players, including Estée Lauder and L’Oréal. His talent, passion for beauty trends and unique signature style have earned him much acclaim on social networks and partnerships with leading global brands Tatcha, Tata Harper and Glossier.
In 2016 Josef co-founded Grade magazine, heading the cosmetics section for three years. Meanwhile he contributed regularly to numerous online publications, started his own web site and built his social networking experience. In addition, he worked for two years as a beauty consultant for the iconic concept store Ingredients in the heart of Prague.
Chief Digital Director
Is a digital brand strategist. During her career she has held positions at HAVAS, Y&R, American Express, United Airlines and Socialbakers, and has been responsible for the development, implementation and measurement of global lead generation, demand generation and integrated marketing communications campaigns, utilising research, data analysis, cloud, marketing, public relations, advertising, social media, SEO and email, both B2B and B2C segments.
Penelope is passionate about data and all things digital, with a keen interest in analytics data for creativity, persuasive technology, IoT, AI, AR and brand aesthetics. She is a Master's candidate at the University of Illinois for Strategic Brand Management and a Gold winner at Berlin's Digital Communication Awards. Her work has been recognized in PIAF, Lovie Awards, Namely Direct and ADC Creative Awards.
Brand & PR Director
Gained a doctorate on Visuals in the Media at the Social Sciences and Education Faculty of Charles University. She worked at several international corporations before letting her talents blossom at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where over seven years she built a strong and avant-garde media presence for the Academy. She then moved to the prestigious National Gallery, helping it to cultivate a more open and friendly image. She can as easily chat with business folk as sh can with punk artists alike, and for as long as it takes, which is all par for the course, of course.
Fashion Features Editor
A journalist and writer who began his career as fashion editor with the Czech edition of InStyle magazine. He wrote a regular column for Esprit, the magazine supplement of Lidové noviny, the oldest Czech national daily magazine, and went on to become its fashion and cosmetics news editor. He has also written for other lifestyle media, including Marianne, My Psychology, The Reporter and Czech Men magazines. In 2017 Martin published his first novel, Self-made.
After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Jakub started his own graphic design practice focusing on creating visual identities, websites, exhibitions and publications in fashion, art and culture. He works closely with artists and was a guest teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2012-2015). His work was part of the Off Programme at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design, held in Brno in 2014. In 2013 his team won the Graphic Designer of the Year at Czech Grand Design awards. He lives and works in both Prague and Berlin.
Event & Project Manager
Was an indispensable member of the Teniskology team, the largest sneakers festival in Central Europe that has twice been a prize-winner at the Czech Event Awards, and which, in its second year, was a nominee among global finalists. Radka also participated in the successful concept of the Beauty Lounge pop-up studio in Karlovy Vary, tending to stars and VIP guests throughout the International Film Festival. She represents the millennials and sneakers community; she knows how to connect the real world of social events with the virtual reality of social media.
In the 1990s Martina started her media career as a current affairs journalist at TV Nova, the Czech Republic’s leading national commercial television station. There she learned the importance of deadlines, a skill she is now kindly instilling in the next generation. For the last two decades she has been heading the nationwide school magazine RedWay, aka Bravo for the advanced. She wrote In Graffiti We Trust, which was the bestselling book in February 2006 (no doubt helped by the fact that no new cookbook had come out then!). She went on to write two more books, with her colleague Michal Nanoru, which both won the National Literature Memorial prize and took their place in the Strahov-based National Cultural Heritage archive, jostling with and basking in the reflected limelight of pop icon Helena Vondráčková’s schmaltz recordings.
She lives in Prague, is married, collects magazines from around the world, and listens to Madonna and black metal.
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