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Author: Mary Scherpe

At Home: Svenja Specht

This is Svenja Specht, the renowned creative behind the label Reality Studio in her studio in Friedrichshain. When I started engaging in Berlin fashion, this was one of the first labels I discovered and instantly liked. Svenja lives one floor above her studio with Yoske, who I photographed as the first subject for the At Home series. I met with Svenja on 11/11, the Faschingsanfang (beginning of the carnival season) in Germany, which explains the Pfannkuchen pastry (aka “Berliner” outside of Berlin) on the table.

At Home: Jen Gilpin and Maxime Ballesteros

I met Jen several years ago at the now-defunct Ideal Showroom. Back then she was still living and working in Canada, but since then she has made Berlin her permanent home and is now living with the very talented photographer Maxime Ballesteros, in a typical Berlin apartment furnished with granny lamps and armchairs found on the street. With her current label DTSM (which we already showed you during last fashion week), she creates beautifully structured clothing alongside her business partner Kyle Callanan.