“I don’t work with a blank canvas. I need a hole, an ugly print, a ravelling hem. For me, a defect is not the end. It’s an opportunity to create new value.”
It’s in this way that Katja brought new emotional connections to her designers. She was inspired by the glamour of 1930s apres-ski culture in the Austrian Alps. With this as the setting, the details of the design story were brought to life through her passion for traditional craft techniques which she “hacks” to give them a contemporary application.
“I made lace trims, assembled new costume jewellery and repurposed items in completely new ways. I believe that fixing mistakes is truly personal and defined by your background, therefore the solution will always be one of a kind.”
She explores her own boundaries through her designs and strives to push herself further each time. She finds comfort in the idea that “starting with a defect or mistake is the safest way to tell your story because you can’t make it worse, but you can certainly make it better.”