A fashion designer's confessions of love for clothing and Berlin.
What makes Berlin an inspirational place to be a designer, and what influence does the city have on your work?
Berlin tastes different. Berlin smells different. Berlin is simply Berlin, and that is just inspirational. Things that are different and striking – that’s what Berlin is for me. I love to soak it all up.
What is a must-have item from your current collection?
Any of the styles with birds on them. They’re very distinctive and yet down-to-earth. The parka with birds is my absolute favorite piece. It combines well with others. If it’s cold, it looks great over every outfit, or even with jeans and a sweater – it accentuates every look.
Your flagship store is in the west, in Charlottenburg. What do you think is unique about this area?
It’s peaceful, even though there is always lots going on. Charlottenburg is beautiful – this is where Berlin shows its most charming side and it’s just pleasant to spend time there. There are many nice restaurants and cafés. The Kurfürstendamm is iconic and is undergoing a comeback, which I think is great. My first memories of Berlin involve Kurfürstendamm, and to have my shop there today, right around the corner from brands like Chanel and Prada, is just amazing.
If Berlin were a person, what would be their style?
Probably a pretty tough person, who couldn’t make up their mind about how to dress. Let’s say Friedrichshain on the top, Charlottenburg in the middle, and Prenzlauer Berg down below.
What neighborhood do you live in, and what are some favorite things about it?
In Friedrichshain, which wasn’t my top choice, but the apartment was so amazing, I couldn’t say no. I like the street Stralauer Allee a lot. I can still get a strong sense of Berlin’s history there. Unfortunately there’s been a lot of construction and some of the flair has been lost, but I still like it. My favorite restaurant in Friedrichshain is Schneeweiß (Simplonstr. 16). They do a brunch that is just
Imagine it’s beautiful outside, and you have the entire day off. How would you spend the day?
I would start the day by playing tennis, which is just a fantastic thing to do when the weather is nice. Then I would head to Alexanderplatz to do some shopping. For me, Alexanderplatz is still the place that feels most like Berlin to me. In the evening, I would go for a walk, anywhere really – I just love taking walks. It’s a great way to do some peoplewatching.