Another heroine, a person with passion and great ambition. Katarzyna Sokół is an unusual fashion designer because she creates for the youngest ones. She took the risk and found a need on the market where she can vent her artistic side. For me, after such a short conversation, she became an inspiration and I am delighted with her motivation to act.
You chose to design high-quality clothes for children. In Poland, it is quite risky. So where did this idea come from?
Katarzyna Sokół: Yes, it’s very risky. Actually, it happened from the case. My friend from Warsaw asked me to sew a dress for her daughter for baptism. I agreed, and due to the fact that she is a very demanding person, I put on the best possible quality. It turned out that she liked her friends too, and also wanted such dresses, then more and more … So I decided that it was a good idea to root in the minds of Poles thinking about good quality and to use that there is a great need for these types of products.
What is more important when you create: quality of material or focusing on details?
KS: Both aspects are just as important. The material itself is not everything. The way the clothes are finished, covering the label, covering the slider, every detail is important for everything to be in harmony with each other.
You find your materials in Poland or do you import them from abroad?
KS: I mainly buy them in Poland, but these are materials imported from Italy. I have a short series of clothes, so I have no problem using materials that appeared in one or two beams. Which is cool, because it makes them unique. I also use materials produced in Poland – high-quality cotton or linen, which is interestingly the best in Europe.
You are currently working as an e-commerce specialist at Strix. If you had to choose between this work and the design and running of your brand, what would it be?
KS: Running your brand is a great joy. First of all, you feel such fulfillment when you see someone dressed in your clothes, and secondly, it’s a great way to prove to yourself that you can achieve something. My heart grows when I read from clients that they leave my clothes for granddaughters because they are so beautiful. However, it is hard for me to say whether I would be able to give up my career. In both aspects, I feel satisfied. However, looking forward to the future, if I had more free time, I would like to devote myself to my brand.
How useful are you today to graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts?
KS: It has been very useful for many reasons. I was in the painting department, but I actually hooked on all the faculties, such as graphics or sculpture. Because of that, I had a view on each of the fields, which made all the materials I created myself. You can say that I am self-sufficient thanks to this.
Focusing more on you. What do you think three traits would be for your relatives to describe you?
KS: I’m sure a workaholic. Probably sometimes unhealthy ambition, but also certainly sensitivity.
What are you really proud of in your life?
KS: From many things. I’m proud of what I’ve come to now. I am also proud of the fact that he quickly finds himself in a given environment. After taking a specific path, I can quickly adapt and find myself in a new situation.
If you won a million on the lottery, what would you do?
KS: I would definitely invest a lot in further development. I would not change my life completely.
What superpower would you like and why?
KS: I would like to anticipate the future in order to be able to use what can happen in my current activities. Very strategically!
Author: Karolina Kamińska