#4 What does sustainability mean to Helmstedt?
We are constantly working to improve all processes, both in terms of social and environmental sustainability. For our SS22 collection, we strive to become as sustainable as possible when it comes to production and materials. Our choice of material is the most important part of our design process. We always strive to choose the materials that are most environmentally friendly and produced in factories with a high social standard and good working conditions. To name some, we are currently working with sustainable polyester, organic cotton & GOTS certificated materials. We are working remarkably close with all our suppliers to ensure that the whole chain is working most securely and optimally possible. We source all products, trim & label ourselves, and put a great honour in controlling and securing all steps, big as small in the production.
We always strive to create products that can last a lifetime, both in the material we use and in the design. Our products are not trend-based with a short lifetime, they are meant to be used year after year.
#5 You recently got nominated on the Forbes list 30 under 30-art & culture – Congratulations! Do you have an achievement you are proudest of so far?
I was deeply honoured to be nominated on the Forbes 30 under 30 list and words cannot describe how proud I am. It feels completely surreal to be categorized with so many talented people around the world. I was quite a loner as a child, and I never received good grades in school. Dedicating myself 100% to creating the Helmstedt brand and being an artist was the best decision I ever made – and I am beyond grateful for the great reception my brand has received. It motivates me to keep going. I am, however, not a big fan of ranking achievements, since I am proud of so many things that have been amazing and humbling in each of their own ways. Comparing them is – at least for me – unnecessary and not possible.
Helmstedt has been spotted on Kendall Jenner, Brie Larson, Bella Hadid and Leandra Medine to name a few, how important are influencers to the brand?
Influencers are an excellent and powerful resource when it comes to creating instant brand awareness and reaching millions of potential brand fans. I’ve been very lucky to have some very influential celebrities fall in love with my designs – and it has brought attention to the Helmstedt brand, which I could have never created on my own on a start-up budget.
With every collection having its own story, do you have a personal favourite?
I really liked our SS20 collection, Breeze. The brand expanded across borders for the first time, and we started cooperating with big international influencers and distributors. The strawberry-themed items were everywhere on social media, and our capsule collection “Staycation” also made quite an impact. While creating the collection, I had lots of creative energy, and I worked day and night on the designs.
The SS21 collection, Emotions, is different from my previous collections. It’s more balanced in its colour tones and more calm in its design. Our FW21 collection is just perfect, if you ask me – it combines quirky, cute, fun and beautiful. I love to move in different directions and let my imagination run wild. But what is common for all my collections is that the designing process also is a learning process where I evolve, learn and improve my ways as a designer and artist every single time.
To someone who is starting out, what would be your advice?
It sounds like such a cliché, but it is nonetheless my very best advice: Follow your intuition, stay true to yourself and your dreams and team up with amazing people possessing professionalism and a high level of integrity.