Behind these chic graffiti-covered kimonos and palm-print skirts is designer Christina Liedtke. The native of Grosse Pointe has worked in fashion for 10 years and has always seen it as her way of expressing herself.
“I was a pretty insecure and shy kid, so I used fashion as a voice,” says Liedtke. “I really started to develop my own sense of taste and what I was looking for, and I started designing clothes.”
At first she designed fancy dresses, but soon discovered that she wanted to design something more meaningful for her.
“I wanted to design something that felt really connected to women and connected to what I was always doing,” says Liedtke.
Being a busy New Yorker at the time, she wanted something versatile that she could wear to work and then out on the town with friends. She also traveled a lot and wanted to show her city pride with something a little fancier than a t-shirt with a city name on it. So she decided to fuse on-the-go clothing with beautiful artistic depictions of famous cities, creating her own brand, Astouri.
Astouri sells everything from clothes to accessories. Their most popular items are their reversible dusters and versatile kimonos.
“It’s a huge conservation process,” says Liedtke. “We look at what is iconic about this city, but what we do is we look at it from an artistic point of view. We want to make sure it’s feminine, beautiful, but it’s not. so city.”
Its prints represent New York, Los Angeles and of course Detroit.
For Detroit, she played with the art deco skyline, sometimes using a black and white photo, other times mixing it with bright watercolors to create an abstract effect. Graffiti is another thing she features in her designs to represent Detroit. His LA prints are all about palm trees, and New York is symbolized by picture taxis and Times Square.
Many of her creations can be worn in different ways, to maximize use, and some are even reversible.
Her goal is to help women express themselves through fashion.
“For me, it’s just very meaningful because it connects with women in something unique, different and special. It connects to where they’ve been, where they’re going, where they live,” explains Liedtke: “Ultimately, our mission is to empower women to tell the stories and style of their community.”
You can find his creations on the Astouri website.
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