Anne Trautwein is the woman behind the ingenious luxurious collection of women’s fashions called LUXAA. Using Tyvek, a material made of polyethylene, normally used to isolate buildings or make plastic bottles, she has developed her own material which is washable up to 90 ° C, has anti-pilling and anti-felting properties, is 100% recyclable, non-allergenic, and can be recycled up to five times.

Her clothing line implies elegance and simplicity in line and tone, using muted pastels in garments that flow softly from a woman’s body, following no previous rules. All her materials are recyclable, and a part of a natural process, creating no waste at all, and being produced in ecologically sound ways. The outcome is a collection that looks as good as it feels!

Describe the project you are currently working on and how that come about/what inspired you?
I am currently working on the Spring/Summer Collection 2014. The inspiration is to play with layers and transparencies, and the structure outcome, such as the blur-effect. Besides that, I have discovered the use of soil and sand for the new accessories.

Why do you do what you do?
Its pretty simple: because I love it. I never could imagine doing anything else… except being the pilot of a flying ambulance. That would be really exciting indeed!

Can you describe what you do?
Actually I am an experimental material researcher. I have material visions and want to translate them into fashion.

Please tell us more about your process.
It always starts with a fixed idea. Something pops into my mind that I can’t forget. Then I start doing some research about the material and different possible processes. I read everything I can find, order some samples or testing units, and start finding the perfect procedure to come up with the solution I had in my mind.

What keeps you going in a time of despair?

Actually nothing. In times of despair… I’m just desperate. I keep in mind that life comes in waves and so you simply have to wait for the next peek.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
All of my friends when I was a kid wanted to be a vet. I always wanted to be a bomber pilot.

What is the best compliment someone can give to you, when describing your work.
That it is innovative or avant-garde in some way…

What is important to you when choosing your material?
What is really important, is that the material is unusual in terms of use in fashion or in combination with other materials. I always try to find or create something totally new or unexpected. To not only to be innovative but especially to satisfy my scientific curiosity.

How does your work environment feed your process?
I am working from my studio in Designhaus Halle. It’s a kind of start-up house for young creatives. We are 27 companies from different design fields such as fashion, product, jewelry, graphic, animation, etc. We feed each other with news, facts and knowledge. There is always some kind of collaboration and exchange. It is really inspiring.

What do you listen to when you work?
I normally love total silence while working. The reason is that I can really dive into the creative process. I do have to admit that when it comes to some monotonous work like knitting, I love listening to audio books, all about historical crime stories, like Sherlock Holmes for example.