We had opportunity to talk and interview one of our brands’ designer: Sissi Goetze. Sissi Goetze’s unconventional take on contemporary menswear weaves together contrasting yet complementary design elements to create her distinctive aesthetic. After graduating with an MA in menswear from Central Saint Martins College in London, Sissi Goetze relocated to Berlin where she now designs her collections. Her pieces are minimal yet expressive, featuring refined details and precise tailoring.
Shop her pieces here.
Sissi, how are you when winter is so close?
Currently I am diving into the most beautiful shades of fall, not thinking of winter yet, having an intensive year behind and great ventures ahead. It’s time to reflect and time to plan.
Out of respect for clothes, and the people who wear them. I understand fashion as a cultural practice of embodying identities. Besides looking into that practice only though there is this glimpse of utopia in a designer’s work, where the imaginary meets the familiar and this is when it gets interesting, when creating potentiality for a utopia to become reality.
When passion towards fashion “came” to you?
Growing up in an artistic environment made me appreciate creative practices in general, may it be fine arts, theatre or design. Moving towards fashion has been influenced by a fascination for the kids I have been surrounded with in my adolescent life, driving skateboards, spraying on walls and bombing trains, wearing clothes as an extension of identity and as a way of belonging.
We all think that – when we find our way of life, it’s always a magical moment. Can you say that it was magical moment for you when you chose your path in fashion?
I am not quite convinced about destiny, nor something called ‘the right decision’. I am happy with my path though and I am confident with my work, which after all remains hard work. A little magic here and there would not hurt at times. Loyalty and luck were good companions so far.
What was your first created piece below your brand – Sissi Goetze?
It was the T-Shirt with the now signature hybrid-sleeve, which still all of my upper garments derive from.
As a woman, why you decided to design men’s clothing?
I somewhat have the impression my male colleagues designing women’s wear don’t have to answer this question that frequently.
More than anything it derives from a way of working. I am interested in slow alterations of the silhouette, carrying on a cross seasonal study of shape, detail and material. Adapting this study to menswear seemed more suitable since the male wardrobe seems more sensitive to slight alterations.
Why you decided to call it – Sissi Goetze?
I believed calling it after myself was the most straight-forward, honest attitude.
How you would describe your label?
A surgical re-edit of formal menswear integrating sportive elements to propose a contemporary wardrobe.
What makes it distinctive from other men’s labels in your category?
Besides the silhouette I have a particular focus on finishings.
What was your inspiration for AW15 collection?
Since my work is rather a process-based study of the male wardrobe my collections don’t follow only one single or abstract inspiration.
Which are your favourite piece/pieces from this collection?
The shirt George you also carry in your online shop.
How Berlin as a city with it’s environment, people, processes is impacting you as a personality and your work?
It influences me in a way that I envision formal menswear for a generation which grew out of their track pants and sports jackets ready for new challenges.
Do you think something would change (for your label) with different environment?
Something might change and I wonder myself what it would be.
Do you like wine? How is your relationship with it?
I could have a glass right now.
If we would ask you to make an outfit from Stole the Snow collection, which pieces would you choose?
I am really fond of the Long striped polo of The World is Your Oyster and their Backpack wool jacket too.
Thanks Sissi for your lovely interview and thanks to Benjamin Schandelmaier for photographical contribute.