Funky, metropolitan, colorful clothes from Feelinkita
1. I guess you always get the same questions but we cannot pass them either. Please introduce yourself in a few words!
Hey hey hey, I am Kitti Laposa, I’m 30 years old, I was raised in Gyor but moved to Budapest 6 years ago. I like caffe latte, my boyfriend’s pancake, ugly shoes, electronic music and disgusting animals.
2. When did you start to deal with the sewing? If I'm right at first you worked on orders from your friends? What was the turning point when you decided to make your own brand, “Feelinkita”?
I was around 10 when I got my first sewing machine and since that time I started to sew a lot of stuff at home. Million things came up like the transformation of clothes, pimping up old belongings and because my friends saw me wearing these clothes they wanted to get them too. So they started to order and I was keen to accept all of them because I felt I can do anything what I want, be it a bag, a bikini, a jumper, a trouser, a top, a skirt, a jacket, slippers, kid toys, wedding dresses, home textiles, car seat covers, anything!! Then later when I finished the sweing school in Győr I already worked with independent clothing materials and cutting samples, because I knew if I would like to deal with this professionally then I have to work with professional processes and materials. The school gave me a big push, I won a few competition and after it there was no stop: the brand was created – Feelinkita – from the words Feeling+Kita
3. Do you figure out the materials, the shapes you’re going to work with by yourself or is someone helping you with the brainstorming?
Usually I figure them out by myself but sometimes I get inspiration together with the people who are close to my heart. However certainly, the most original ideas come from nowhere. I am so curious now that we moved into a workshop - what it will bring out of me. My work area dropped out from the intimate sphere of home and I will work with similar creative people than me in one room.
4. How do you inspire?
From the people of the street, from friends, lately from Instagram but mostly from the parties I attend because there people can show their best part. It motivates me how the people look on a party or on some interesting events, how and where are we dancing and flashing. The night is the composition with the music and all the people.
5. Do/did you participate any in designer competition?
Back then in Gyor in the sewing school usually I won the competitions but since then I did not compete.
6. How do you feel how big is the demand nowadays for the unique, handmade clothes? I love them personally but do you think others feel about it the same way?
Of course you do because you were one of the first customers! J I can say firmly there is a big demand for it! Especially foreigners and those who had enough of the fast fashion are looking for these simple, wearable, well cut, sometimes more colourful, unique but affordable pieces. We like to look special on an important event, festival or just on the simple weekdays even if our wallet cannot afford that! ;)
7. Where and how do you try to promote your collection, your works? I guess you’re always wearing something from yourself?
Yes, usually I am sewing double, one for sale and one for myself, this could be like a test and obviously this is a really good promotion. I am on Facebook and on Instagram, I give news from the clothes and from myself too. During the years the brand became automatic so I can focus on the essence, to sew the clothes and take them to the Lollipop Factory Budapest, most of my stuff are sold thanks for the grateful Hungarian fans or for the random foreign customers. I hope with the new workshop project there will be more photoshoot, more happening and more marketing help.
8. Where can we get your pieces? There are just ready products or people can catch you with specific ideas what you would make for them?
I do not take individual or unique orders for a long time, I worked really hard for this so now I can focus my ideas only and the job is really funky this way. You can find me permanently in the Lollipop Factory Budapest, I have a small “section” there for 4 years now what I always try to fill up with interesting or with popular basic pieces. And a few clothes of mine are available in Zerka in Gyor. You can catch me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram too, where I give a little taste about my whole style, about re-ordering and about everything what you want to know about me and my brand.
9. If you could cooperate with any fashion company or designer which would it be?
I don’t know, I started to browse on Instagram recently so I follow a lot of talented, creative and crazy foreign pages I could work with.
10. What is your biggest dream to reach with your brand, obviously if you have one?
Pretty hard to answer because I believe I am in my biggest dream right now! J I was waiting so long for a big, bright, comfortable, well-equipped workshop, where I can work in an inspirited environment, with creative people. I am expecting a big momentum of this, I am already in love with it but we just moved in to Heinrich-court like a few days ago. There is an amazing and inspiring community because similar designers are working together. My workshops mates are Eva Omboli, who is seamstress and she is doing a manager job too, and a very talented jewellery designer Saci Nagy Nasha (you could read an interview with her as well). We inspired each other before parties with suddenly designing and making jewellery/clothes. I think we are going to release awesome energies from each other. I can’t wait to start this adventure.