Luxury of freedom


Fifth fashion designer of the 2018 season

We are continuing with the adventures of our awesome designers of this month! After Nika Ravnik, our sustainable fashion designer, we are proud to welcome our new fashion designer of the season, Jona Bednjanec! Jona is a designer who can create anything with her knitting machine from sweaters to socks and gorgeous dresses.

Jona travelled to our BIG BERRY Kolpa River Resort together with two other fashion designers Tanja Pađan from KISS THE FUTURE and Nika Ravnik. At the resort they met our first product designer of this month, Jelena Necić from daskka. They were first introduced to the resort with a mural walk to see the colorful BIG BERRY Art Colony houses. Besides BB street art, they met their working place for next few days - BIG BERRY Kolpa River Resort.

BIG BERRY Stories DY Jona arrival

BIG BERRY Stories DY Jona group

The second day was the day to really get to know BIG BERRY. First we introduced our designers to the brand and the BIG BERRY brand elements. They also had a chance to get to know our dear BIG BERRY partner Gostišče Veselič, where we had a delicious lunch. We ended the great day all together at the resort’s terrace with a football match!

On Wednesday our designer group grew with one more product designer, Nataša Dolejši. In the morning, Jona spent some time at our peaceful resort just for designing, before we went to enjoy some local food at our partner Domačija Šrajf. After eating delicious home-made meals, we learned about the traditional bread from Bela krajina, Belokranjska Pogača. With the help of our amazing host, Sonja Škof, Jona and Jelena got to bake their own designer pogača! Actually, the very first BB designers Pogača! We finished this day together again with a football match that was very exciting as we were all cheering for our neighboring country Croatia!

BIG BERRY Stories DY Jona Srajf pogaca

BIG BERRY Stories DY Jona Srajf Pogaca making

Thursday was the last day of BIG BERRY activities, which we started at COF - coworking factory in Metlika. Alenka Tomašić, Project Manager of Project Creativewear and Projekt TCBL introduced us to different possibilities to cooperate and unite our creative forces! We were all very impressed about their project that employs socially vulnerable groups.

After the inspiring visit we headed back to the resort for lunch and some peaceful time for designing. BIG BERRY Design Year is not just platform for development of regional design, but also a platform for creative networking. In the evening Nataša Dolejši gave us a presentation about Dolejši modni gumbi, her button company and their new collections, which was very valuable to all our designers. There is no better way to close this day full of new inspirations but with a new dose of art - a cozy movie night.

BIG BERRY Stories DY Jona working

BIG BERRY Stories DY Jona sketch

Thanks to Jona, our unique, young but experienced designer, we had amazing days filled with creative energy. Now, we can’t wait to see what she created for BIG BERRY!


By Tuuli-Maria Mäki