"Long time favorites – made with love, care, and a big smile!" Meet: Fashion Designer Malaika Raiss
For anyone who doesn’t already know what the idea was behind MALAIKA RAISS and who the woman is behind the label?
I´m a 27-year-old always multitasking red head with an strong interest in designing highend, classic, feminine ready-to-wear with kind of a twist.
Together with my lovely team I´m working in Berlin-Friedrichshain. But you can find our collection all over the world and on the runway of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
How do you start your day?
With a cup of tean and the TV weather forecast
What inspires you?
My friends, the people of Berlin, Berlin´s streetart and architecture, other cities like Paris or NYC, I like to travel a lot. Contemporary art, movies, music and I always have a special muse for the season, this time it´s the Italian fashion editor and blogger Eleonora Carisi.
How many hours a day do you work? Work-life balance?
It depends. Usually I work six days a week, round 10 hours a day. I try to cook myself a healthy dinner every night an meet some of my friends. On my free Sundays I try to take some time for myself and my family.
Starting a business is daring… Are you a risk taker, adventurous? What would you tell someone as an encouragement?
I guess I am. You should make sure you gonna a have a lot of support and backup from your friends and family and that you gained a lot of expierience before you start.
How do you motivate yourself?
I love my work. And when I see how the customers love to wear my designs it gives me a lot of power.
Your label is attracting quite some publicity and seems to be on the right track. What do you think was the main key to your success so far?
Being self-critical, down-to-earth, doing everything step-by-step and having the best team on the planet.
What would you tell a young woman that wants to start her own business?
Always stay true to yourself, no matter what people say.
The best thing about your job is:
Creating something with you my own mind and hands. Meeting interesting people.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still in Berlin, maybe with a bigger studio, bigger team, presenting the collection in NYC. And maybe some kids around, a dog and a family.
View Runway highlights from MALAIKARAISS Spring/Summer 2015 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
And of course, we have to pick your brain about the best urban local hot spots in Berlin, drink and dine and shop.
The best place for a night out dancing with girlfriends?
Soju Bar / Watergate Club
Best Multibrand Shop?
Best Shoe Store?
Weifenbach Store in Mitte, Rosenthaler Straße 51, 10178 Berlin,Phone:+49 30 3994558
Café Fleury, Weinbergsweg 20, 10119 Berlin, +49 30 4403 ext. 4144
Where can you get the best cocktail in town?
Le Chat Gris, Linienstrasse 40, Berlin-Mitte
To find out more visit http://www.malaikaraiss.com
—Interviewed by Melanie Lia
Photos: by Christoph Neumann