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Welcome Back

The new business season opened with a splash on 6 September thanks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. ACC gathered the business community for the traditional September Welcome Back cocktail at Normal Kiev, where chamber members came to welcome each other after the hot summer break, discuss upcoming business priorities, and enjoy a little networking. Special themed cocktails, delicious snacks, and an exciting draw for two round trip tickets to Malta was part of the fun and proved a great start to the active business months ahead.

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A Season of Responsibility

Ukrainian Fashion Week SS19 demonstrated the super power of Ukrainian fashion over 31 August – 6 September at Mystetskiy Arsenal. Featuring 72 designers, 50 shows, nine presentations, and three special projects, the theme this season was “responsibility”, says UFW organiser Irina Danilevska, with “several projects devoted to the responsible creation of clothing and responsible consumption”.

Ricardo Tertzo, the stylist of Vogue Italia, flew to Kyiv a few days earlier to stylise the shooting of the new Frolov men’s collection, which took place on the roof of the A52 residential complex.

In addition to the commercial component of effective e-commerce solutions in the fashion industry, DHL Ukraine joined the trend of sustainability, and held a roundtable on just this topic. AVT Bavaria Ukraine, the official importer of BMW cars in Ukraine, has for many years demonstrated the inseparability of the world of innovation and the fashion industry, while guests were able to get better acquainted with the world of fashion and yachting (think of ay Riviera), thanks to Absolute Yachts. Mary Kay prepared a team of makeup artists led by the famous beauty maker Martelle, giving way to Estel Ukraine as the official stylist of UFW SS19. And of course Luxoptics proved that eye health can be just a fashionable as it is important.

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Ukraine Now

The British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, also known as BUCC, held its Back-to-Business August Networking Reception on 29 August 2018 at the XWYZ Bar of the new Aloft Hotel Kyiv. The evening featured a presentation by Artem Dekhtiarenko, deputy head of the Unit for Cooperation with Executive Bodies at the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, who spoke on the origins of the “Ukraine Now” brand, that recently won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for 2018. In addition, the 150 members and guests attending had a chance to enjoy an inspiring DJ-set after the presentation with a lottery draw featuring great prizes from Aloft Hotel Kyiv and Olerom Forum 1.

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No Deception Here

Last month, the international business community explored an excellent new restaurant/café/bar on Shota Rustaveli street in downtown Kyiv – Charlatan Café, was opened this summer by the owners of the famous speakeasy, Alchemist Bar. Guests at the event, which was organised by The Big Meet Ukraine, enjoyed an evening of networking, warm summer breezes, and cocktails on the romantic street-side terrace. Watch out for the next event Big Meet coming soon!

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From wakeboarding to trampoling

On 8 August, the City Swell complex (Muromets Island) became a venue for a special sports and entertainment event designed to present Active.Borjomi.Com. It is Ukraine’s first online hub focused on varied active leisure options. While bringing together professionals and amateurs, this platform provides plenty of useful information as well as announces themed activities that inspire young people to pursue active pastimes. Now you have a chance to learn about and take part in all aquatic and land-based activities going on in Kyiv – from SUP-surfing and hydro cycles up to horse riding and rope parks.

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Beauty and Health

On 4 August, the Miss Ukraine National Committee held the event ‘Sport Morning with Miss Ukraine: Healthy Edition’ on Kyiv’s TSUM’s rooftop. The event brought together nearly 100 girls including 20 Miss Ukraine 2018 contenders. The first part of the programme, a public talk, featured Iryna Galay, the first Ukrainian woman to conquer Everest, Svitlana Fus, a nutritionist and television presenter and Viktoria Kiose, Miss Ukraine International 2016. They shared some useful tips on proper nutrition, active lifestyle, self-motivation, beauty stereotypes and standards. Then all girls took part in a workout with BodyArt fitness coaches.

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Lights! Camera! Action!

On 21 July, the final day of the Odesa International Film Festival, AmCham Ukraine, together with chamber member Lavrynovych & Partners law firm, gathered the business community for a cocktail party to both network and discuss films featured at the festival. Guests enjoyed wine and networking with fellow chamber members. They also had the amazing opportunity to take photos in the cinema and with “real” world-famous actors and actresses such as George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, and Charlize Theron.

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On 13 July, Kyiv’s international business community enjoyed a lovely summer evening in style with The Big Meet Street Party at Aloft Kiev Hotel. Guests were treated to an event dominated by fresh air, sunshine and a convivial atmosphere with pop-up bars and live music from local DJs on the street. Guests also received a complementary welcome drink and had the opportunity to win some cool prizes in a special lottery draw.

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