In conversation with: Carlota Cahis
Designed and made in Barcelona, Carlota Cahis' eponymous collections of artisanal knitwear are intended to make women feel comfortable without sacrificing style. The pieces are both creative and luxurious, something which the designer believes complement each other.
We caught up with Carlota to discuss her love for the medium of knitwear, her expertise, and her ability to offer outstanding beauty through alluring designs.
VYour gorgeous collections are made entirely of knitwear. What was it about the medium of knitting that fascinated you?
CARLOTA CAHISThere is a sense of perfection within the knitwear profession and it commands a slow pace due to its laborious nature and the necessity of each stitch being meticulous. The possibilities of knitwear englobe a whole universe which I am passionate about; to keep experimenting with every technique possible and providing the sense of a second skin, something eternal, something that offers your sight a harmonic trace of colour with outstanding beauty.
VHow do you aim to make women feel when they wear your collections?
CCWomen should feel free; free from restriction. The knitwear does not only enable you to move freely but it encourages you to feel comfortable with yourself. It’s designed to adapt to your body, rather than you need to adapt to it.
"The possibilities of knitwear englobe a whole universe which I am passionate about; to keep experimenting with every technique possible and providing the sense of a second skin”
VYou are pushing the possibilities of knitwear through experimentation. What more do you think you can achieve?
CCAcquiring knowledge beyond all! I am thankful to learn from my job every day in many ways. It is not only about fashion, I feel as I am becoming so aware of our society, what women want, need, deal with, how they react, how they attend, how WE interact. It is a sociological experiment too. It’s me who reads and answers back to most of the emails and DM’s we receive. Our client is special, lovable, comprehensive, and powerful in mind and shape.
VYour pieces can be regarded as luxurious and artisanal, do you think the two are synonymous?
WDS In my opinion, artisanal work should not be conceived exclusively as luxurious. The term luxury seems to demand expansion. To some extent, we can all engage with the craftsmanship involved in handmade goods, however, the latter may not have the consistency of luxury. Nonetheless, it is within Carlota Cahis that luxury and artisanship coexist, for they both require time and unique expertise. The defining elegance of luxury is further accompanied by the value of artisanship within each garment. To know that the garment is handmade ascribes a human quality to the process of making which is becoming less and less accessible within the fashion industry. So no, I do not see artisanship and luxury as synonymous, but rather as complementary to one another.
"The knitwear does not only enable you to move freely but it encourages you to feel comfortable with yourself."
VYou can be a regarded specialist in the area of knitwear design. Can you tell us more about how you have got to where you are?
CCMy curiosity for knitwear began when I was working for the brand TCN. Inside every collection, they had a knitwear capsule, which included sweaters as well as other knitted garments. I found it amusing that knitters did not enjoy the timings within the fashion industry. There is a sense of perfection within the knitwear profession and it, therefore, commands a slow pace due to its laborious nature and the necessity of each stitch being meticulous. After leaving TCN I embarked on a course in knitwear and began to work on a small capsule collection dedicated to fresh knitwear for the summer. The collection ended up being very well received by many which in essence gave me the confidence and encouragement to continue along this path.