An­drea Rem­beck

Her unique and ex­tra spe­cial pieces cre­ate mag­i­cal mem­o­ries for lit­tle girls the world over

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When did your love of fash­ion be­gin?

One of my fond­est child­hood mem­o­ries is rum­mag­ing through my grand­mother’s at­tic and putting out­fits to­gether for dress-ups with my younger sis­ters. This turned into an ob­ses­sion with clothes and fash­ion mag­a­zines in my teens – I’d sketch out­fits dur­ing school lessons, then make my own out­fits for nights out.

How did this pas­sion be­come your ev­ery­day work?

I knew early on that my ca­reer of choice was a fash­ion de­signer. Com­ing from an aca­demic fam­ily, there was a lot of re­sis­tance – it was only on the con­di­tion that I grad­u­ated from high school suc­cess­fully be­fore I could start fash­ion col­lege. I did and went to study at ESMOD in France. Upon grad­u­a­tion, I started work­ing for a lo­cal de­sign house but was soon asked to de­sign for Es­cada. How­ever, I de­cided to fol­low my dreams of em­i­grat­ing from my home coun­try of Ger­many to Aus­tralia, where I worked for sev­eral Aus­tralian brands.

When and why did you launch Tutu Du Monde?

When my daugh­ter was born in 2005, I took some time out to en­joy be­ing a mother, not re­al­is­ing this very act would blos­som into the birth of a brand, too. I found lit­tle girls loved to lose them­selves in make-be­lieve worlds and, more than any­thing, cher­ished a beau­ti­ful tutu. When my daugh­ter asked me for one, I em­barked on a quest to find one that wasn’t mass-pro­duced and made from polyester. There was a gap in the mar­ket for tu­tus made out of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, such as cot­tons and silks, and so Tutu Du Monde was born in 2009.

What do you love most about what you do?

Bring­ing hap­pi­ness and joy to lit­tle girls. We cre­ate so much more than an item of clothing; we make mem­o­ries of a mo­ment in time – some­thing that stays with a fam­ily for years to come. Plus the job never gets bor­ing!

Do you like work­ing in the wed­ding in­dus­try?

The beau­ti­ful thing is that ev­ery­thing re­volves around one of the best days in a per­son’s life. It’s so nice to con­trib­ute to so many spe­cial days.

How did you come up with the style and aes­thetic of the brand?

I wanted sub­tle­ness and el­e­gance, so un­der­stated beauty, soft colours, nat­u­ral fab­rics and in­tri­cate em­bel­lish­ments.

What in­spires your de­signs?

French vin­tage bal­let cos­tumes were one of my early in­spi­ra­tions. To­day, the cre­ative process of­ten starts with travel, scour­ing vin­tage stores and mar­kets all over the world in search of pieces with ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship. Once ev­ery­thing has been de­signed, I head to In­dia and spend time in the work­shop sit­ting with the bead­ers to trans­form my ideas into re­al­ity. It’s ex­cit­ing to get im­mersed in the cre­ative process of ma­te­ri­al­is­ing the new de­signs.

What are your favourite colours for wed­dings?

Pale shades of pow­der, blush, aqua, bis­cotti, mint and plat­inum.

What’s next for the brand?

Our fo­cus is to fur­ther ex­pand in the US. It’s our big­gest mar­ket, which is why we’ve been spend­ing a lot of time there. We’ve been very for­tu­nate in col­lab­o­rat­ing with some amaz­ing tal­ent. Plus we’re also plan­ning on more pop-ups glob­ally.

Visit tu­tudu­monde.com for more.

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