Designer Karolina Isomaki Kasprzyk

Her style is smart and timeless. She’s a creative consultant at Marimekko and lives in Stockholm with her family. Meet Karolina Isomaki Kasprzyk.

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Pants and shoes from Céline and shirt from Marimekko.

 

STYLE “Quality, sustainability and a good fit is important to me. I like classics, and designers that can deconstruct the classic in a new, intelligent and innovative way. I don’t buy a lot, I rarely shop spontaneously – It feels sustainable and ethical in the long run.”

FAVOURITE DESIGNER “Martin Margiela is my favourite. The collections up until 2009, when Martin was still there are still very inspiring. Today, I think Phoebe Philo at Céline is the best and most inspiring creator for women, she does great fits and quality. You can really live in her clothes. I’m also a big fan of Vetemants and I look forward to see what Demna Gvasalia will do for Balenciaga.

SIGNATURE STYLE “I wear a lot of uniforms on a daily basis. Trousers, a t-shirt or silk shirt and a knit during winter. I have nothing against wearing this combination several days a week. If the clothes have a good silhouette it doesn’t become boring.”

 

PARTY STYLE “The shoes make a difference. I’ll wear a high heel and a beautiful jewelry.”

JEANS “I haven’t had a pair of jeans in my wardrobe for many years now. I’d love to try one pair from Vetements where two old Levis jeans have been constructed in a new way.”

BAG “For every day I prefer a strap bag, my favourite at the moment is from Marimekko. It looks like an American football, or a candy made out of leather – it works both day and night.”

 

JEWELRY “I always wear earrings, or else I feel naked. My wedding ring, and a very beautiful, thin chain necklace with a blue drop-shaped diamond from Diane Kordas. I got it for my birthday from my husband a couple of years ago.”

INSPIRATION “I’m very inspired by women that age with style and dignity, it shows good confidence. Cordula Reyer is an example of that, so is Miuccia Prada.”

STYLE TIP “It’s most important that you feel comfortable in your clothes, mentally as well as physically. But I think giving a little extra effort makes you feel a little extra good.”

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Dress from Marimekko and shoes from Céline.

 

MOST WORN “I buy black t-shirts in silk from Siden Selma. I have so many, I use them all the time – even when I sleep.”

BEST BUY “The last couple of years I’ve used my black, Mongolian shearling jacket from Joseph. It’s the only winter coat I own, and it’s my best buy ever.” 

LAST BUY “A striped men’s shirt from Acne Studios.”

 

MY WARDROBE LACKS… ”I love red, but I don’t own anything in that colour. I would love to have a complete look in different shades of red.”

BEAUTY ”I like to switch my beauty products, It’s good for your body. At the moment I like Healgel’s eye gel and face gel. They’re light and very moisturizing. Whenever I’m travelling to Florence I buy products from Santa Maria Novella, which is a very old, beautiful perfumery with its own assortment. They have amazing soaps, oils and a peppermint gel for the legs that I like.”

 

SCENT “I like scents with tobacco, leather and vetiver – but that are still round and feminine. I’m in love with two scents from Serge Lutens that have replaced each other the last couple of years.”

 

BEAUTY TIP “Sleep, exercise and don’t stress.”

READY IN 5 MINUTES “Eyeliner, eye brow pen and lip balm.”

WELLNESS “I do Bikram yoga; an exercise I’ve grown to love. And I’m very curious to start doing Barre – it’s a mix of yoga, Pilates and ballet.”

 

READ “I wouldn’t mind reading John Williams’, Stoner again. Right now I’m reading Paula Fox’s, Desperate Characters and Susan Sontag’s, Reborn – They’re both really good.”

ART “Alina Szapocznikow, she’s a Polish sculptor. Her history is both strong and sad.”

CITY “I love Paris and I miss it a lot. We lived there for over four years and it’s the only city except Stockholm where I feel at home. I like Warsaw as well and I wish to go there more.”

FAVOURITE SHOPS “Corso Como in Milan, Italy. The yard is so beautiful, decorated with green trees in big terracotta pots and inside the ceiling is filled with Angelo Mangiarotti chandeliers. The Céline flagship stores are very beautiful as well, made by the Danish artist Fos. In Stockholm I like Cow, they have a good selection of perfume and beauty.”

By Anja Skeppe Grahn
Photo Pauline Suzor