What was the first item of clothing you ever made?
What was it like to study at Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft Hamburg (HAW Hamburg)?
The University of Hamburg is well-reputed and I was accepted right away. It was a very creative time, but not very business-oriented.
Where do you start when you design a piece from scratch – what inspires you?
I start with ideas in my head; they sometimes come to mind in the most unusual places. Then I do some rough scribbles and start trying out fabrics and materiality. I am inspired by everything that surrounds me and everything I come across during the day: music, street art, exciting people and the urban Hamburg lifestyle.
Can you tell us more about the designs you’ve entered for the Peek & Cloppenburg Designer for Tomorrow award?
I applied with my final project from university, but since that has already been published at the Baltic Award last year, I am currently working on a new show collection. The new project is a men’s collection with the same signature as my last one, combining well-crafted crochet elements with modern streetwear.
What did you think when you found out Stella McCartney would be one of the judges of the Designer for Tomorrow award?
I was absolutely thrilled about it because she’s a great designer and because I share her philosophy of sustainability.
What was it like to meet Stella McCartney?
Meeting Stella and being able to talk to her about my collection has been a great honour. She also gave me great inspiration and tips for my new work.
What are the top five things you’ll be bringing with you to survive Berlin Fashion Week?
Crochet needle and yarn, sweatpants, a hat and Julie.
And, most importantly, will you be wearing one of your own creations on the night?
Be ready for a surprise, I don’t know yet. I usually do things intuitively, depending on how I feel that evening.