MEET THE DESIGNER - KINAKina is an independent fashion label...
MEET THE DESIGNER - KINA
Kina is an independent fashion label founded by the designer Julia Penkina 13 years ago in Hanover. She has been developing an attractive mix of functionality and efficient aesthetic using geometric forms and sophisticated silhouettes. Kina’s line firstly specialized on scarfs and shawls. Then, Julia expanded the range of products with the simple straight cuts, flowing subtle fabrics and functionality becoming characteristic of the brand image. Kina collections are focused on portability, sustainability and femininity.
Check out our selection of KINA items at Studio183, Bikini Berlin.
If you were…
… A city? St. Petersburg
… A monument? The statue of Lenin
… A season? Winter
… A painting? Black square
… An animal? Snake
… A sport? Shooting
… A book? Idiot
… A movie/series? Das Leben ist schön “La vita è bella”
… A song? New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
… A nightclub? Studio 54…;)))
Why did you choose to focus on making scarfs when you launched Kina?
Scarves are the basis for each garment… But at KINA* they do anything but boringly hang around the neck - they are spiced up and become favourite pieces… I wanted to jazz up outfits already existing and not be forced to buy a whole new outfit…
You are proposing a sustainable production that highlights an eco-friendly spirit. What are your ideas to minimize the environmental impact of textile industry?
The whole collection is made without any remains of material, because the cuts are in rectangle form. In addition all the materials are not synthetic and are gained from renewable resources. The message of the label is to be found in the name - handmade, locally produced favourite pieces far away from cheap mass production – notmadeinKINA*… Also KINA* offers a lot of possibilities for teaming the pieces of this collection with different accessories. This makes it easy to combine favourite pieces and wear them several times at any occasion - whether it is for office use, casual in the leisure time or nicely styled in the evening. Same but different!
What’s your favourite Kina’s item?
The scarf that covers the shoulders, the “Ärmelschal”.