IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
WITH HER UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO SARTORIAL STORYTELLING AND ENGROSSING CREATIVE PROCESS, DESIGNER HANNAH KRISTINA METZ’S EPONYMOUS BRAND H.K.M IS SOMEWHAT OF AN ANOMALY. THERE IS A THOUGHTFUL AND TRULY RARE QUALITY TO HANNAH’S COLLECTIONS AS EACH GARMENT NOT ONLY EMPOWERS THE WEARER BUT ALSO BOASTS ITS OWN SENSE OF PERSONALITY. WE WERE FURTHER AFFIRMED OF THIS UPON VISITING THE DESIGNER AT HER FOLIAGE ADORNED AND FABRIC-LADEN BROOKLYN STUDIO WHERE WE IMMERSED OURSELVES IN HER WHIMSICAL WORLD. DURING OUR TIME TOGETHER WE HAD A CHANCE TO SIT DOWN WITH HANNAH IN OUR LATEST STUDIO VISIT WITH BRAND ASSEMBLY WHERE SHE SHARED MORE ON THE ROLE STORYTELLING PLAYS IN HER APPROACH TO DESIGN, HER THOUGHTS ON CREATIVITY’S ROLE IN SOME OF THE WORLD’S BIGGER CONVERSATIONS AND MORE. DISCOVER THE CONVERSATION BELOW AND VISIT THE ASSEMBLIST FOR A CLOSER LOOK INTO HER WILDLY INSPIRING WORKSPACE.
HEAD OVER TO THE ASSEMBLIST TO SEE PART TWO OF THIS FEATURE AND MORE FEATURED DESIGNERS AND TASTEMAKERS.
My name is Hannah Kristina Metz,
I have my own clothing line and I enjoy sharing meals with friends, petting cats, and too much TV, really. I value sincerity, comedy, our beautiful planet, and equality for all.
AS A BROOKLYN-BASED FASHION DESIGNER WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE BIGGEST REWARDS AS A RESULT OF BUILDING AN ETHICAL FASHION BRAND IN THIS PARTICULAR CITY?
For me, the biggest reward working as a designer in Brooklyn is the strong and supportive network of fellow designers. I’m so very lucky to have two of my best friends on parallel paths to turn to. In the future, I would love to oversee my own manufacturing facility in the city, the obstacle at present for that dream is entirely financial.
WE LOVE HKM’S INSPIRATION/PASSION FOR STORIES. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE STORIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY INSPIRING YOU AND WHAT THE FIRST STORY WAS THAT EVER INSPIRED YOUR PASSION FOR FASHION DESIGN.
Thank you! I picked Tristan and Isolde, Wuthering Heights, A Room with a View and Anne of Green Gables because they were incredibly beloved and familiar and I felt offered an exciting opportunity to materialize. I can’t recall one story as a turning point but I have a small collection of illustrated fairy tales that I poured over and would re-draw outfits from. I still keep a book in which I draw fantasy and fairytale costume design, it’s always been a dream.
HOW DOES THE HKM BRAND ENCOURAGE CELEBRATING PERSONAL STYLE AND HOW HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO STYLE EVOLVED AS A RESULT OF MAKING PIECES FOR OTHERS/WITH OTHERS IN MIND?
So far all I’ve offered from my collection I imagine could qualify as statement pieces, I haven’t exactly been subtle! I’ve been so lucky to have attracted such a sweet and sartorially adventurous customer! I feel like my own style has rather tamed which is a surprise to me! I suppose the joy I found in dressing my own body outrageously has transferred to others!
WHAT IS ONE QUESTION YOU WISH PEOPLE ASKED YOU MORE OFTEN?
Can we talk about Outlander?
HOW DO YOU THINK CREATIVITY CONTRIBUTES TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S BIGGER CONVERSATIONS AND HOW IS ETHICAL FASHION/THE HKM BRAND PLAYING A ROLE IN THIS SHIFT?
Last night I came across a diary entry from 2004 in which I lamented my desire to pursue a career in fashion and arts as opposed to something critical to the wellbeing of others and to be honest it’s something I still struggle with. Having said that though, when I am in the absolute pits (as I think many of us have been in the last three months) one thing that has softened my edge and acted as a soothing balm for the soul is art, in all its wonderful forms.
I think now is a great time to encourage people to vote with their dollar, to be more conscious of who they’re ultimately supporting with their money. It’s been very easy in the last decade to be seduced by fast fashion.
As more independent lines speak up about their own manufacturing process it’s my hope that the big companies are challenged by their customers to do the right thing (and in turn that customers accept that prices will be higher as a result). Right now most of my fabric is produced within India, hand cut to minimize waste and sewn in a family run facility. I am still learning so much about this business and I hope to move more and more towards sustainability.