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AUSTRIAN IMPORTS: While not known as a hotbed of fashion activity, Austria is doing its best to raise its designers’ international profiles. On Monday, The Austrian Trade Commission hosted Vibrant Austria, an open house featuring the work of 11 Austrian designers and labels, at the Ramscale Loft in New York, where the collections will be open for sales and press appointments through Thursday. The trade commission enlisted A Cicognani Communications and stylist Jenny Capitain to choose the featured labels, among them And_I, Anna Aichinger, Drozdzik, Edith A’Gay, Florian Jewelry and Ute Ploier. “I think there’s a very nice spirit in Vienna,” said Capitain. “It’s a very old culture — it’s Eastern Europe, which makes it different.”

Most of the labels represented, which included shoes, apparel and accessories lines, have businesses in Europe and Asia and are seeking action in the U.S. “That’s why I’m here,” said Claude Priscilla Baumgartner, who launched her eco label Milch, which specializes in clothes made from recycled fabrics, five years ago. “I’m looking for feedback from key players in the U.S. market.”

Likewise, Claudia Brandmair, who interned at Marc Jacobs before founding Brandmair in 2003 and typically presents her collection in Paris and London, said, “I’m looking for a showroom. Someone who can sell my things here.”

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