Thursday, December 27, 2012

Designer Dialogue: Kristinit

LA based, Kristinit, is a fresh collection of womenswear that is beautiful inside and out. The designer, Kristina, uses innovative and organic fabrics to create cashmere coats, feminine silk dresses and stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces in rich tones and patterns - a subtle nod to the years she spent designing elaborate costumes for ballets and plays. The eco-conscious pieces are made locally in Los Angeles and 5% of all sales are donated to charities near and dear to her heart.

How did Kristinit begin? 
Prior to launching the Kristinit Collection, I had a 12 year career as a costume designer. I studied and worked in San Francisco, New York, and London and designed costumes for plays, ballets, and sometimes commercials. I came to LA 13 years ago to get my Master’s Degree at UCLA. I would make one of a kind pieces for fun out of vintage textiles. Some of my pieces were featured in Kime Buzelli’s Show Pony in Echo Park. One day the editor from Lucky Magazine came in and loved what she saw. They ended up doing a feature on me and that’s kind of how the line got started.

What's your design/creative process like? 
My design process is about materializing emotional impressions that I collect  while traveling, looking at art, spending time in nature, watching old movies, and just living life. I never know where it’s going to take me. When I first started to design I was more concerned with the marketability of the collection, but now that I’m more experienced I am relying much more on my artistic sense and trusting my gut feeling.

Who is the Kristinit girl?
The Kristinit girl is sexy and confident and she’s not afraid to be vulnerable and use her femininity to shine. She loves fashion but doesn’t take herself too seriously. She cares about the world around her. The Kristinit girl is the kind of woman that you fall in love with!

What is your favorite piece in the collection right now? How would you style it?
I am obsessed right now with the Jade dress. This is a limited edition piece constructed out of a vintage silk called “palace brocade.” I love this fabric! I would style it with some sexy Louboutins, a Tiffany Kunz necklace, and maybe a fitted little Isabel Marant jacket. For a more casual look you could also wear it with tights and ankle boots, and a knitted cape would be cute.

Best places in LA for inspiration?
I love hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and being inspired by the magnificent beauty of our coast. For a more urban experience I love heading to LACMA with a friend and seeing the latest exhibits. I just saw the Caravaggio and Stanley Kubrick exhibits last weekend with a friend. We had pizza at Ray’s and then had a fun day wandering around the museum.


  1. guapa, ya estoy de vuelta!!

    preciosa colección no habia oido hablar de ella!!

    nuevo post en la petit princesse


  2. This interview is so lovely – thank you so much for sharing! The brand looks fabulous; I love the pieces they make.

    xoxo, Meera |

  3. That post it's really interesting for me because I want to be a designer (in the future) and i have to take a lot of information of many people who are designers, about how they started, what they did to become known etc..
    Thanks so much for your lovely comment♥

  4. Very nice post!!!

    Thanks for the comment in my blog. Following you now on Bloglovin and GFC! :) Hope you do the same =)