Rahel comes from Germany (yes, the first german interviewee!), she is here almost 3 years, now she has her own shop "Lashopp", you can buy the clothes she designed/made, many comics(cuz she loves comics!) and some other handmade stuff from others. Her shop is in Friedrichshain, an area I'm still not very familiar with but would like to know more, haha.
WHY YOU COME TO BERLIN?
I studied Bekleidungstechnik (clothing engineering) in Cologne for 2 years, and then studied and worked in Spain, because of the experiences working for others, I decided to have my own shop as well. I had been in Berlin for once, due to join an exhibition here, but I didn't really have a good impression that time. But after quitting the job in Spain, I decided to come, because, it's the metropolis all the artists and young people come here, so do I.
DO YOU LIKE BERLIN NOW?
Yes, I love it now. It is quite interesting here, there are many different events and activities to join. Since I need to take care of my own shop, I work till 8 o'clock, if the weather is still nice, I will go to the park. Summer I loves to go swimming in lake, or to Mauerpark. So far, there's nothing I don't like about Berlin.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PLACE TO RECOMMEND?
Rummels Bucht！可以划船！You can drive a boat here!
HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER HAVING YOUR OWN SHOP FOR 3 YEARS ?
The income is not stable, but the bill I need to pay every month is the same, so sometimes it's really tough but the next month I just got a big order (from online shop), but it's still good have my own place to do what I want.
Shop, Studio and home are together here. You can find many handcraft works on the wall, some are from her, some were bought. The interior in the shop is also all from her and a friend, they build all the things by hand, a comfortable space.
介紹自己的時候她說，我不是裁縫師也不是走時尚的那個路線，我做我自己喜歡的事情，她設計的legging都很有趣，大部份都是兩面不同的材質，希望給人特別的感覺，她開玩笑地說：兩面都一樣的legging大家去H&M買就可以了。 所以他的大部份衣服都是結合很多種不同的布料，我問，這樣做的想法從哪來？她說：直覺。She said, I'm neither a tailor nor a fashion designer, I 'm doing the things I love. Her leggings are all unique, she uses different textile or patterns for front and back, so that you will feel yourself special! She joked, If you need the basic leggings, then you should just go to H&M! Not only leggings have this unique combination, the most clothes from her are made at least by two different textiles. I asked, how did the idea come to you? She said, Intuition!
It's kind of funny, cuz the friend who introduced us to meet told me that she comes from Spain, but she is indeed a German, maybe it's because that she had lived in Spain for a couple of years and can speak very good spanish, but she is quite happy about this beautiful mistake, "I also think that my soul is a Spanish"
She was working while we were talking, from the first step of cutting, it reminded me of my grandma who was a tailor, she made so many clothes for me, but I was too small and had no camera, so all the things can only stay in my mind, I told her and she said, I wish I will be a good grandma like yours one day.
Thank you, Rahel!
Thank you, Rahel!
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