Marieke Willemars, founder and creative director, has been fully committed to growing and nurturing the success of the brand from day one. From the in-house design studio at the head office in Amsterdam, she works with her team to create collections and oversees every aspect, from design and marketing to production and art direction.
“At Catwalk Junkie we give every design the same love and attention. We carefully select every fabric and perfect every fit. Prints and artworks are designed and drawn by hand. And above all, we believe in teamwork is the dreamwork.”
Can you tell us how you started designing for Catwalk Junkie?
My love for prints and patterns started when I studied Graphic Design. After a while my interest for 3D started to grow. I became interested in the idea of bringing 2D designs to 3D creations and I decided to make the switch to Fashion. This gave me the opportunity to create designs for daily life. Something that brings joy and make people feel good about themselves.
I am so proud and I feel so lucky with the team that is working with me today! Also our suppliers and the people who are making our sketches and ideas come to live. It's one big Catwalk Junkie family.
How have you and the brand evolved over time?
I like to play with volume and make clothes extra comfortable so you want to wear it every day for years to come. But also keep it feminine and strong. As I want to continue to learn and grow I added something new with every collection. Starting with woven skirts and dresses and denim. One by one so we had enough time to develop it into the perfect item.
What does a working day look like for you at Catwalk Junkie?
I love starting my day with coffee and meeting up with the people at the office. We have a beautiful and light in-house design studio that is currently getting a little touch-up for the new year. It's going to be so pretty! We also grew a lot in the last year so we needed to make more space for everyone.
My days at the office are usually filled with all kinds of meetings and working on our new collections. When I create new ideas, designs and graphics I usually work from home where I can work in all serenity.
What gives you joy?
I love to travel and to experience new landscapes and cultures, to meet the peoples behind it and hear their stories. It can be so inspiring. During the pandemic we started to cook more, so now our kitchen shelf is filled with cookbooks from all over the world. The last months we make a lot of Lebanese food, it's so good!
How do you keep yourself motivated and creative?
Listening to my feelings, being myself and keeping a positive mindset.
Your perfect Sunday morning...
A coffee at home with my boyfriend Tommie and cat Pika. On the weekends I love to skate, especially in Spring and Summer. Or take a walk in the forest next to where we live.