Advisory Board

In January 2023, the Hungarian Fashion & Design Agency set up the Advisory Board to support the BCEFW event. The primary objective of the Advisory Board is to improve the functioning and attractiveness of the fashion sector in Central and Eastern Europe, to develop a more efficient support system focusing on domestic and regional designers and young talents, and to discuss current issues affecting the fashion industry, taking into account various sustainability and technological aspects. To achieve all these objectives, the Advisory Board has invited prominent, internationally recognised industry players such as the co-founder of a globally renowned Hungarian brand, the commercial director of an online premium brand store, the head of the fashion department of a luxury chain, and the editor-in-chief of the Eastern European edition of an international fashion magazine.

Péter Baldaszti

Co-founder, CEO  - Nanushka

Founder, CEO - Vanguards

Vanguards specializes in investing in leading brands operating in the ‘New Luxury’ space. To date, the group has invested in three reputable new luxury brands. Starting with Nanushka, Vanguards has gone on to take a majority stake in womenswear label AERON, followed by another majority investment in experimental Milanese brand SUNNEI. Today, the group has offices in London, New York, Budapest and Milan.

Prior to establishing Vanguards, Baldaszti joined Nanushka as Co-owner and CEO in 2016 — joining his longtime partner Sandra Sandor — after which he grew the company from 1 million euros to 50 million in 5 years.

Baldaszti was born and raised in Szekesfehervar, and currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. As a serial entrepreneur, he founded his first company during his university years. After exiting the business, he ventured into the hospitality and creative industries.

Stefan Siegel

Founder, CEO 


Stefan Siegel, a native South Tyrolean from Northern Italy's Triveneto region, grew up in an area known for luxury manufacturing and the 'Made In Italy' label. After attending Venice's prestigious Francesco Morosini Naval School, he gained experience in the fashion and media industry while studying Economics in Vienna. Following a successful international modeling career, he earned his MA in International Business Administration in 2004. Stefan then worked in finance for companies like Ernst & Young, Sal. Oppenheim, and Merrill Lynch in New York and London, specializing in the Consumer & Retail sector.

In 2008, Stefan launched NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL), a leading global platform for emerging fashion designers that now represents over 45,000 designers from 150 countries. With offices in London and Los Angeles, NJAL has become a respected hub for contemporary fashion innovation. Stefan has also consulted for the mayors of New York City and Los Angeles, various governments, and served on the European Commission panel for the Creative Industries, contributing to global urban regeneration and growth in the creative sectors.

Violetta Fedorova

Web-site editor-in-chief

Vogue Ukraine

Violetta Fedorova is a fashion journalist with 10 years of experience, of which six she manages the digital editorial office of the Ukrainian Vogue. She is also engaged in communication consulting for brands and supervises the fashion course at the Kyiv Academy of Media Arts