Talking sustainable fashion with designer Anna Dusza

A fashion designer with a vintage-meets-modern chic style, Anna Dusza’s fun and playful designs are filled with prints and patterns that are just the right amount of bold—offering a fresh design perspective for the modern woman. Not only is her aesthetic beautiful, but she also pushes the boundaries of sustainability.

In addition to designing her own label, Anna is one of the cofounders of AVA Collective and works in the local fashion industry.



Anna’s look: an Anna Dusza shrug top paired with vintage blouse, jeans, belt, shoes and jewelry. Her handbag is Carrie George; sunglasses from Moscot.

How would you define your style?

My style is a mixture of vintage and modern. I don’t like any one particular style enough to stick with one, but I like a little ‘Yee Haw’ moment. I love a good bandana around the neck with some pieces that have a western flair.

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What’s your favorite item you own?

One of my favorite things that I own is a mint green Coach faux fur coat. I can wear it with everything from jeans to sweatpants. I love it so much that I’ll probably be buried in it. That’s just how fabulous it is.

Why did you choose to pursue a career as a fashion designer?

I was always very creative and artistic, even in high school. I started out by drawing people, and then it evolved into drawing clothing. I’m very lucky that my parents were always very supportive of my choice to pursue a career in fashion. I honestly don’t even know what else I would do!

What do you stand for as a designer?

Sustainability has always been very important to me as a designer. From the beginning, I wanted to encourage people to make more conscious decisions when it comes to shopping and purchasing fashion. I design items that are built to last, and I really design thinking about the life cycle of garments. I also save every scrap of fabric! I have bags and bags filled, waiting for a creative project. I’ve made ornaments and twine, and I sometimes sew them into quilts and use the fabric to create something new.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I find it everywhere! I’m really into street style. I love looking at what other people are wearing. I also like looking at certain aspects of things throughout my day, whether it’s something in nature or a picture I’ll take. I don’t really seek stuff out. Except for the Runway Magazine! I buy that every season and I’ll look through that for inspiration. It’s one of my favorite things.

Where do you see yourself in five years as a designer?

I want to build my business, revue and open a studio. It would be incredible to have a space where I can go and be creative. I would also love to expand on everything I’m doing and go beyond Buffalo. I could see myself selling my collection in boutiques in New York City and beyond.

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