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Sustainable fashion community Bourzma invites emerging fashion designers focused on sustainability to apply for the Bourzma Boutique 2024 fashion show and competition until June 16. Designers will be judged by a jury of industry experts, and the best entries will receive prizes. The Bourzma Boutique 2024 festival will take place on July 12 and 13 at the VEF Kvartāls in Riga. 

Stories Editorial June 12, 2024

From July 12 to 13, VEF Kvartāls in Riga will transform into a dynamic centre of sustainable fashion and culture. The two-day festival will take place for the third time and aims to develop sustainable fashion culture, introduce the public to emerging designers working in this field, and promote creativity and freedom of expression. Bourzma Boutique 2024 will feature a fashion show, a designer clothing and accessories market, a graffiti art workshop, a basketball competition, a panel discussion on sustainable fashion, performances by musicians and DJs, and other events. «Bourzma Boutique is the first festival of its kind in Northern Europe. It is a very important project for the local cultural life and for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles,» says Patriks Kirkils, head and creative director of Bourzma.


The main event of the festival is the fashion show of young emerging designers on July 12 at 20.30, which will be divided into two parts — Bourzma Style and Bourzma Fashion. The show will be evaluated by a jury of industry experts, who will decide on the winner of the Bourzma Fashion category, with the main prize of 500 euros, and the Bourzma Style category, with the winner receiving the Bourzma Package prize, which will be awarded in collaboration with festival supporter Madara Cosmetics.

Requirements for the Bourzma Fashion competition collection:

  • 7-12 outfits;
  • 75% of the collection is made from recycled materials;
  • original design created after January 1, 2023.

Requirements for the Bourzma Style competition collection:

  • 8-15 outfits;
  • the collections are made entirely from recycled fabrics.

The fashion show is open to emerging fashion designers from Latvia and the rest of Europe who focus on sustainable fashion and are at least 16 years old. The use of sustainable materials is a mandatory requirement for the collections entered. To apply, please fill out the registration form by June 16.

On the second day of Bourzma Boutique 2024, visitors will have the opportunity to buy designer clothing and accessories, as well as the garments featured in the fashion show. A panel discussion will be held with representatives from the festival’s partner companies, SEB Bank and recycling company AJ Power, who will discuss the importance and value of sustainable fashion. The discussion will be moderated by Jurģis Emīls Liepiņš, a student of the Art Academy of Latvia’s design and fashion programme.


The festival will also feature an extensive entertainment programme. The annual King of Boutique basketball competition, organised in cooperation with rapper Ozols and street-style clothing store Hoodshop, will take place. There will also be a graffiti workshop with street artist Kiwie, where visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at this art form. The first day of the festival will end with a performance by Dreamless Berlin DJs, while the second day will be dedicated to Latvian hip-hop artists with performances by Galeniex with Klīnikas ieraksti, Krisy, March, and Marko.


For more information on the Bourzma Boutique 2024 programme and tickets, visit the Bourzma website.