Profiles of Dress: Katrin Reifeiss
October 1, 2018
Profiles of Dress with Katrin Reifeiss | Designer & Teacher
By: Kadiyah Lodge
Profiles of Dress is a journey through the lives of fascinating people who believe in the power of dress and who let their clothing speak for themselves.
Q: Who is Katrin Reifeiss? Tell us about who you are and what you do?
A: I’m a designer specializing in hand dyed fabrics that I create into clothing and other textiles. I’m also a mom to the most beautiful boy, Lucas, and I’ve [been] married to my husband Tom for 10 years since October, who is also awesome.
Q: We love different perspectives on personal style and expression, like this one:
“I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be same person every day.” — Stephanie Perkins
Do you agree or disagree and why?
A: No, no, I agree. I think there are always some looks we own or always gonna love, but I think style remains eternal. I totally agree.
Q: In what ways do you believe clothing can help change one’s perceptions of themselves and others?
A: I always think that the best-dressed person in the room is the person who looks the most confident and has a style of their own. I mean they look effortless. They look happy.
Q: If you could go back in time, what style advice would you give your younger self and why?
A: Don’t worry about what people think of me or also wear something I love and who cares what anyone thinks.
Q: In what ways do you believe art, music, and the world of entertainment in general, informs or inspires the clothing choices you make? And, what do those choices say about you and the story you’re sharing with the world?
A: I’m interested in people who are also into ethical production and wear ethical clothing. But I’m also inspired—yes, when I was an adolescent, art, music and the world of entertainment definitely informed what I liked—like Madonna and Bono. I would love to take more chances with my clothing, but I also know what makes me happy too.
Q: What is the best piece of fashion and style advice you’ve received that’s too good not to share with the world? In what ways has this advice been invaluable to you?
A: Wear stylish, but comfortable shoes. I had a teacher—I attended the Paris Fashion Institute in Paris for a few months—and that’s what one teacher told us just wear stylish but comfortable shoes. Another piece of advice was to buy well. Just because something is on sale for $40 bucks for a piece of clothing, don’t buy it because it’s on sale. Put that towards a piece you can really love that’s like maybe over $100 or $200 dollars so just buy well.
Q: True or False: Wearing an outfit you feel great in impacts how you operate throughout the day.
A: So true.
This Q&A interview has been shortened.