Design label LITKE was founded by designer Catherine Litke in New York in 2012. Catherine was raised in both New York and Poland, and studied studio art with an emphasis on drawing and photography at NYU.
While studying, Catherine began an internship at U.S. Vogue. She had the opportunity to work and travel with top stylists and editors in the industry. Through her travels, Catherine found the inspiration to design her own clothing line.
LITKE’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection was inspired by “retro-futurism images that [Catherine’s] kept for quite some time.” The collection also creatively mixes traditional quilting patterns with modern styles.
Catherine believes her collection has an air of “Barbarella of the lands on the farm.” The beauty of LITKE’s collection is that “there are tons of beautiful separates that can easily transition into a girl’s wardrobe.”
Catherine’s own personal style is very unique, just like each piece in the newest LITKE collection. When asked how she would describe her own style, she comments,
“I definitely stick to a uniform, and most of the time these days it involves one of my many Breton shirts, crazy Muji socks, and a pair of striped high waisted trousers that my boyfriend had custom-made for me in Abu Dhabi. I’ve always leaned towards menswear tailoring in my wardrobe, and have been wearing the same gigantic size 12 Jil sander camel coat since I found it at Salvation Army and fell in love with its slouchy perfection.”
Catherine continues, “However, I also love anything made from black lace and every Victorian cotton dress that I can get my hands on, so I think it’s really important to not box yourself into a corner when thinking about your style.”
To see pieces from the LITKE collection, view the slideshow, and visit the brand online.