King Vakhtang Gorgasal statue in Tbilisi, Image by Blazej Mrozinski via Flickr
I spent part of the last week in the Republic of Georgia, where I had been invited to attend their second ever Fashion Week. This showcase is a way forward-thinking Georgians are trying to regenerate their country and support young Georgian designers, who don't know how to make their way into the larger world. Situated at the dividing line of Western Asia and Eastern Europe--and on the old Silk Route--Georgia is still quite isolated. Georgians benefit from outsiders bringing in breaths of fresh air, making connections with them, and getting feedback. And I don't just mean business speculators swooping in to make a killing on a country trying to build itself back up.