We wanted to know more about the Berlin born designer Valerie Kittlitz and had a look behind the scenes of her graduate collection as well as a talk about past, present and future.

Volt Café: Tell us a short story about yourself.

Valerie Kittlitz: I love cycling. I avoid buses and trains whenever I can. For a long time, I would start running if I had to walk, missing my usual speed. Recently, I am taking it easier when I walk.

VC: How and when did you know you wanted to be a designer?

VK: There was no distinct moment at which I knew. I still wonder what got me there.

VC: What did you do before entering Central Saint-Martins Collage of Art & Design?

VK: Studying Ethnology and History of Art in Berlin, working in Uzbekistan for a few months, seeing Paris, graduating from High School, living in Ethiopia, Germany, India, Germany… (in a nutshell, and backwards).

VC: What was the most developing project during your years of studying?

VK: The Triumph lingerie Project, a competition, was pretty good. It got me to Beijing for the finals, and to realize that I can apply my aesthetics to any area, and enjoy that a lot.

VC: What’s the story behind your graduate collection?

VK: The school’s move to King’s Cross, the abandonment of the Charing Cross Road building and the beauty of its decay, the starting point of that story (Edwardian era/ 1913), transition, fleetingness, endings.

VC: Who/What is your main inspiration and who re you aiming your collection at?

VK: The things that cross my mind, some state of being, or perceiving, that I apply to creation. – The collection was not designed with a commercial aspiration; I enjoyed that luxury of being at college. Surely I’d prefer high end to low start though.

VC: Where do you see yourself in the future?

VK: So many plans and ideas…!!! Somewhere closer to a park. Still on my bike.

VC: What are you working on at the moment?

VK: My next big step.

VC: Inspiring blogs, photographers, artists, designers?

VK: I do like the Selby, but otherwise don’t really follow blogs. Bill Brandt, the Seeberger Brothers, Sophie Calle, Guenter Uecker, Toula Limnaios, Kostas Murkudis.

Valerie’s 10 favourites

Designer – Hussein Chalayan for his body of work, Yamamoto for his work of body. And for smart fun the Prada

Style Icon – Howard Tangye and Jeanette Osterreid

Film – Les Deux Anglaises et le Continent, Alice in the Cities, Dolls, Far from the Madding Crowd, Butch Cassidy& The Sundance Kid, The Wind Will Carry Us, The Fearless Vampire Killers, any Bergman, to name but a few… I am a film fan.

Art – Munch Prints

Music – Springsteen (Nebraska)

Club – Berlin

Cafe – Caravan on Exmouth Market

Place – Namibia

Boutique – Bang Bang

Dream – any pipedream, it’s what keeps me going

All images are from Valerie’s personal research for AW/2010.

See pieces from the complete collection in the editorial ANOTHER YEAR at VoltCafe.

Words by Emelie Hultqvist


bang bang, central saint martins, Emelie Hultqvist, howard tangye, Hussein Chalayan, jeanette osterreid, Prada, Valerie Kittlitz, Yohji Yamamoto,