Kate Demeter - Fashion Designer, passionate about recycling

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Kate Demeter

Eco-Fashion Designer

Where are you from?

I am originally from Budapest, Hungary.

What is your background?

I came to Aarhus 5 years ago and started studying at Business Academy Aarhus. I lived here for a year, but I decided to change my education and go for my all time passion: fashion combined with marketing. At that time,this faculty was only available in Copenhagen, so I moved there to study.

Since then, I have lived in England and Hungary as well, but I was wondering about coming back to Aarhus all the time.

Now, after my comeback, I study Entrepreneurship and Marketing here. In September, a breakthrough idea  came to my mind, combining being environmentally friendly and fashionable: a repairing service that repairs clothes, bags, and only uses leftover materials including second hand leather, fur, and quality cotton.

When did you start your business?

I am quite new in the business front because I have started Kate Repairs Co. in  late September, 2017. It was a fairly easy process since we talk about a Danish system, but the decision to REALLY go for it, took me years.

What was the project that you enjoyed the most?

All the creative energy starts flowing inside me when I create the bags and when they are ready, everythung gets a meaning. If I repair something, I like the blouses and dresses the most. Also the spark in the eyes of the customers when their most favourite item gets repaired. It is the best feeling, to give something valuable back to them. It is not easy in the 21th century providing something truly valuable. But I also know, that I can get easily get attached to certain clothing items, and if they break, I feel sad and don’t want to get rid of them. That’s why I have this solution along with the environmental/sustainable factor.

What do you think is the biggest challenge for an artist in the 21st Century?

Starting up is difficult. It is not only about the competition or the capital (lack of it); you , as a founder have to be a pro at everything if you want to decrease the expenses. And it might sound purely capitalist, but if you want to make money from art, you have to know a bit from accountancy, law,tax system, etc. It is important not to be naiive or overconfident, but find the balance between value and costs. Also,as an artist, you have to find out your own core capabilities and what you are best at. Online and offline as well.

Why did you decide to join Aarhus Makers?

I look at Aarhus Makers as an opportunity and a great community be a part of. I decided to join because this initiative represents all that I am and want to work for: all for Aarhus, the art, community, helping others and staying local.

What piece of advice would you give to anybody that wants to become an artist/ tailor?

Baby steps are good, and yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Be patient, learn from your mistakes, be even more patient; network and find your inner peace.