Christoph Fahle
July 17, 2013

'AUGUST' Will Be Our Fashion Guru!

Some breaking news is really breaking. The FASHION DESIGN COURSE will be lead by Miss Josephine Thomas, creator of ´AUGUST´ fashion brand, neither more nor less than THE WINNER of Berlin Fashion Week 2013. To let Josephine tell us a little about her unique way in fashion and the upcoming course, we asked her couple of questions.

Josephine, what brought you to fashion?

I think it was a need to communicate my own visions and ideas of good-looking or provocation. I regard fashion as a screen, as a costume that expresses something nonverbal. It is a game with prejudices and drawers. So maybe fashion is the wrong word. For me it is rather 'creation'

What is your most beloved thing about fashion, what is your least beloved?

My most beloved thing about fashion design is the process from a two dimensional sketch to a three dimensional piece which hides or to decorates the body, tells a story or to tryes not to tell a story. But every piece I wear speaks up and could be heard.

It is crazy to win the fashion show during Berlin Fashion Week! How did you manage?

Well, we got to the final - at the showfloor berlin with 15 other upcoming, international  labels. That was already very exciting and amazing! We had to prepare our show in a very short time, but we did it with a lot of fun and little sleep which probably did the trick!

AUGUST is only devoted to men´s wear. Why?

We don't want to reinvent the wheel, but find new ways to design menswear. Menswear is a challenge, because we try to find out: if I were a boy, which clothes would I miss? What kind of clothes would bring some fun into menswear? What is possible next to black, grey, dark blue and white t-shirts? To kick over the traces is part of the challenge. But women can wear AUGUST too, of course! I wear a lot of menswear. It is more comfortable and I feel more free to find my own style, instead of buying what someone defines as a women style.

Why have you decided to join our education project?

I feel inspired by working with other people from various spaces and backgrounds. And I like to share my knowledge and my thoughts about a subject, in this case: fashion design, pattern construction, variations of patterns, etc. If you make the course right, you could tell much more than facts about this subject, you can help participants to understand different people, visions, ideas, problems …. various lifes! - that's exiting!

Fashion is a very complex subject. What should people expect to learn at the course.. and what shouldn´t they?

I try to inspire people to find their own way trough the complex field of fashion design and pattern construction. I want to communicate the principle and the steps to be taken of my daily work at the cutting table using the example of a simple item like a skirt or a bit more complex trousers. I hope, it enables the participants to create and construct more complex items than a skirt, a bag or a t-shirt by their own. But it takes time and you need to be really patient. There are a lot of details to be kept in mind and a lot of calculations, a lot of trials and even more errors. - don't expect it to be obvious.

Little black dress or baggy jeans jacket?

Vintage baggy stone washed jeans jacket by Wrangler.

Want to become a member at betahaus l Berlin? More information here!

Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.

This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!


YOU’RE CURRENTLY ENJOYING THE SUN FAR FROM BERLIN. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES in berlin that YOU MISS THE MOST?

Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my  techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by. 


You can see me around betahaus. Online, you can always check out my website and listen to our public playlists on Spotify. We’re also currently working on a collaboration with betahaus, so a special Playlist curated by is will very soon sound around the spaces in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. 

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