Ania and I were walking through Świdnica the other day when she stopped and started jokingly hitting me on the arm. “You kept this store a secret from me all this time?”

I had no idea what she was talking about. But there it was, right in front of us, a clothing store with a big KORTAS sign. I had to investigate 😉

I should note that Kortas is not a popular last name in Poland. I’ve definitely heard it around more since I’ve moved back to Poland, but it’s not your typical Kowalski if you know what I mean. Actually, I did once talk on the phone with another Slawomir Kortas. The guy called me because someone kept e-mailing me his web store orders as our Gmail addresses (with our names in them) differed only by a single period inside. He politely asked that I forward him the e-mails, which I did, and that was the end of it. But in a way, I was talking to…myself!

Inside the Kortas store we met Darek Kortas, the store’s owner who along with his wife, who’s first name I didn’t catch, runs the Kortas brand. She designs and hand makes all of their clothes and he appears to be running things on the marketing and business side. All Kortas baby! He even has the address, which he admitted belongs to his brother, another Kortas of course 😉

I never really did much in terms of a genealogical tree of my family roots, but when Darek said his family hailed from the city of Bydgoszcz, that rang a bell. My great-grand father Jan Kortas moved from Bydgoszcz to Wrocław after the war, he actually attended a German speaking school there. Jan Kortas has a sister still living in Bydgoszcz, her name is Lukrecja Kraszkiewicz, formerly Lukrecja Kortas of course. But that’s about all I know. My grandfather was Olgierg Kortas, my dad is Waldemar Kortas, and I am Sławomir Kortas about to pass on the Kortas name to my beloved Ania and hopefully a couple of munchkins in the future.

Maybe Darek Kortas is some far away family, maybe it’s just a coincidence. In either case, good luck and let the Kortas name be known around the world!

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