DESIGNER TALK: NICO SUTOR

Describe your brand in three words: Black. Cozy. Cool.

How did you become involved in fashion design? After the Wall came down, my Dad bought me a Barbie and she was naked! I couldn't tolerate it and so while I was watching The Bold and the Beautiful with my grandma, I started making her clothes and I found out, designing clothes was a real job to design clothes! I love TV and the Forresters!

What materials do you most like to work with? I love jersey, there is almost no limits to it. It is very easy to work with and it gives you a certain freedom when you wear it. Some people wear my clothes for yoga, some for dancing in the Berghain and some on the red carpet, you could do it all in the same dress—if you change the shoes. There is an special elegance to black jersey, that I really love.

How do you think your location influences your aesthetic? Berlin is a huge playground for adults and creatives. You can try everything in this city and this gives you power and so many opportunities, you can literally feel the energy. Berlin is not Germany. People from all over the world come here and bring their ideas and cultures with them. If you walk around with eyes open, this is inspiration for 2000 collections and Berliners love black, lucky me (even so they start wearing baby blue and pink now, but it is ok, it's working very well with black).

What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? I can dress real Barbies now, I m living the dream! I have the luxury to go to places and meet people from all over the world, that is what makes every sewing machine lapse and broken needle worth it. I was once at a fashion show from a very hyped German Designer and there was this woman and she was wearing one of my dresses, it was the first time that I'd met a complete stranger wearing my stuff, that was an amazing feeling!

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? Well, I like buying stuff, but I hate shopping.

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