An exclusive, stylish evening showcasing Croatian creativity was held in New York April 26, supporting Children’s Home Maslina, Dubrovnik.

“A stylish evening in New York – Croatian Fashion, Photography and Music” was a fabulous fusion of some of the best Croatian creators and creations.

The event also marked the launch of Beautiful Croatia, a stylish, online boutique travel website, developed in Australia, promoting travel to Croatia and its diverse attractions.

Beautiful Croatia also delivers exclusive experiences and events in Croatia and abroad, providing professional, boutique event planning services upon request.

Australian-born founding director of Beautiful Croatia, Amanda Grbavac, says she Croatia grew fond of Croatia during her studies at the American College of Management and Technology, in Dubrovnik, now RIT Croatia.


Sylvio Roubertto Kovacic, haute couture fashion designer with Amanda Grbavac,
founding director of Beautiful Croatia and Robert Grgurev, President of Startas USA


“Ever since my studies I have been dreaming of a way to come back to live my passion in a country that I adore. That passion, I discovered, is Beautiful Croatia,” Amanda said.

“I am happy to launch my business in the cosmopolitan city of New York, which is renowned for making dreams come true and is a home to hundreds and thousands of Croatians,” Amanda said.

“This is the first international event presented by Beautiful Croatia and is the start of more to come promoting Croatia, its culture and creativity around the world, including Australia. It is also a unique way of connecting Croatian professionals.”

The most successful Croatian haute couture fashion designer in America, Sylvio Roubertto Kovacic shared his story and models showcased beautiful dresses from his latest Maestro collection.


Sylvio Roubertto Kovacic, haute couture fashion designer with models


Robert Grgurev, President of Startas USA, talked about Startas USA and his stylish handmade sneakers produced by Croatian company Borovo of Vukovar.

Robert Grgurev, President, Startas USA, holding handmade
Startas sneakers made in Vukovar

Croatian-New Yorker, Marijana Marinovic, photographer and journalist of Europa Press Holdings, showcased beautiful portraits of famous Croatians and Americans and New York City.


Marijana Marinovic, pictured centre, showcased beautiful portraits and snapshots of New York

Croatian-born twins Marija and Ivana Curic displayed their unique bohemian style fashion items.

Curic Twins
Curic fashion modelled by twin sisters, Marija and Ivana Curic

Guests were entertained by special music remixes produced by the young and talented DJ Petra of Dubrovnik and Astoria-based folklore group Hrvatska Ruža performed centuries old Croatian folk dances and then led a fun-filled kolo with guests at the event.

Hrvatska Ruza

Hrvatska Ruža, Croatian folklore group from Astoria New York, performed at the event


The promotion of Croatia, its talent and culture has never been done on this level before and the event took place in exclusive and private area on the 18th floor of the Monarch Rooftop in the heart of New York City.


Alternative soul singer/songwriter, Stephan Marcellus, singing a Frank Sinatra
classic as tribute to the great city of New York at the Beautiful Croatia event


Amanda says her vision is to bring something fresh and exciting to the tourism and events industry in Croatia and for Croatians living abroad, presenting events with style. Every event created by Beautiful Croatia will also support a Croatian charity, giving back to those in need.

“Croatia is a beautiful destination that has some of the most creative, talented people I have ever known. I am creating events and experiences to reflect this, showcasing Croatia’s rich culture in a unique, stylish way. Beautiful Croatia is a reflection of how I see and experience the people and the country.”

Visit the Beautiful Croatia website for more information or email for more information about unique experiences and hosting exclusive events in Croatia. 

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