Poland’s LGBTQ-friendly businesses roll on despite politics

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10/14/2023

Poland’s capital, Warsaw, has become a center for multinational companies and global investment banks to set up offices, as the country aims to become Central Europe’s financial hub. But, a few streets away from the bustle of Warsaw’s business district, in the basement of a residential building, Sebastian Wareluk’s sewing machine whirs constantly. Wareluk and his partner, Wojciech Ostrowski, are the owners of backpack company Dwa Borsuki. While they make a range of bags for big companies like haircare brand Garnier, their business also has a sizeable clientele from Poland’s LGBTQ community. “We started this business about four and a half years ago with an aim to make colorful backpacks. We’re also a gay couple and don’t want to hide our identity, so we started focusing on making rainbow bags and backpacks that cater to customers from the LGBTQ+ community or anyone who supports the community in Poland,” Ostrowski told DW.

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