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The name of the Kate & Grace Collection brand refers to the names of its designers - Kasia (right) and Grażyna (left).

photo: Agnieszka Potocka/Trojmiasto.pl

The name of the Kate & Grace Collection brand refers to the names of the designers who create it - Kasia (right) and Grażyna (left).

They design handbags, dresses, coats and accessories made of fancy Italian leather. Their collections are feminine, elegant and extremely chic. The duo forms not only professionally, but also privately. We are talking about Katarzyna Ditrich-Paturalska and Grażyna Paturalska, who are behind the Tricity brand Kate & Grace Collection.

How is it possible that a daughter-in-law and mother-in-law run a business together? You deny all stereotypes!
Grażyna Paturalska: Yes, we know and we like it very much. These questions with exclamation marks amuse us. My friends are full of admiration and sympathy for Kasia, they are delighted with her skills and personality... And, of course, the fact that we understand each other very well and are able to work together.
Katarzyna Ditrich-Paturalska: My friends love and envy my mother-in-law. On the one hand, she is a great authority for them, and on the other, a friendly friend.
GP: I think that we are actually a contradiction of the centuries-old stereotypes that a daughter-in-law and a mother-in-law are two opposite poles. We know that it doesn't have to be like that, what's more - it can be not only nice and family-friendly, but also interesting and developmental. Moreover, we are incredibly lucky that we are united by a common passion for fashion. Kasia is a designer who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk and Łódź, and I have been designing my own clothes for as long as I can remember and have always dressed our entire family. Together, we only design clothes that we both like and that we want to wear ourselves.
Italian leather offers a wealth of textures and colors that give even classic styles a unique form.

photo: Agnieszka Potocka/Trojmiasto.pl

Italian leather offers a wealth of textures and colors that give even classic styles a unique form.

Each item from the brand is different - there are no two identical coats or two identical dresses.

photo: Agnieszka Potocka/Trojmiasto.pl

Each item from the brand is different - there are no two identical coats or two identical dresses.

Kate & Grace Collecion was created thanks to the combination of two strong personalities. In the photo: designers at work.

photo: Agnieszka Potocka/Trojmiasto.pl

Kate & Grace Collecion was created thanks to the combination of two strong personalities. In the photo: designers at work.

There is no sign in front of your atelier, you don't have an online store, and yet more and more people from the Tricity (and beyond) wear clothes and handbags from the Kate & Grace collection. How do they find out about you?

 

GP: Indeed! And we don't have our own store either. We prefer to invest in beautiful leather and accessories, not in the high costs of maintaining the store, which would affect the prices of our products. However, we know that our atelier has too small a reach to properly promote the brand that was established only a year and a half ago. That's why we chose prestigious and elegant stores to which we deliver our collection. You can find it in Zakopane on Fashion Street, in Warsaw on Nowy Świat and in Gdynia on Świętojańska. And here, on site, and we are very happy about it, the so-called word of mouth of our friends and their friends who recommend us to each other.
What can you buy in the atelier? What exactly are you creating?

 

KDP: You can buy practically everything that can be made of soft and beautiful leather: dresses, skirts, trousers, jackets, blouses, jackets, coats, even with fur, and the same vests. And of course handbags – small, medium, large… and each of them is different and individual. Each one has a beautiful and rich interior - just like women's nature.
Every time we pick them up, we feel like leaving them all for ourselves, but then the voice of reason tells us to photograph and show these small works of art on our website, where they are viewed and then bought by our clients in our atelier.
What came first – the bag or the dress?
KDP: The first was a handbag, or rather a few of our private handbags that we carried everywhere. The test turned out great - everyone liked it very much and that's probably why it became an inspiration for our business activities. It was the same with dresses. When we put on our own - fabulously colorful, soft and feminine, almost all the ladies we met wanted to have them, preferably the same ones as ours. This was more difficult because, taking care of individualism, we try to make each thing we design different from others.
Why natural leather and not eco? Are you not afraid of criticism from organizations fighting for animal rights?
GP: We're not afraid of it at all. Moreover, we believe that there is a lot of exaggeration and even hypocrisy in promoting eco. Personally, I don't know a single woman who doesn't wear shoes or a wallet made of natural leather and who has never eaten a ham sandwich or a cutlet. We use natural skins from farm animals (we do not use skins from wild animals), so it does not violate any established animal rights.
For as long as the civilized world has existed, there have always been farm animals that not only "provide" skins, but also food. Moreover, in these discussions, we often forget that there are more and more allergy sufferers, allergic to all synthetics and chemicals. For them, natural raw materials, including leather, have a beneficial effect on the body.
Where do you buy leather from which subsequent collections are made?
KDP: We import leather and handbag accessories from Italy. We tried to look for alternative solutions using Polish products, but unfortunately their quality is different from Italian ones, so we decided not to use them.

photo: Agnieszka Potocka/Trojmiasto.pl

Before the clothing collection was created, the designers created their own handbags for their own use. The positive reaction of the environment inspired them to take further action.

Who is the average client of your atelier?
GP: Our collection is dedicated to all women - regardless of their age and figure, who value not only elegance with a bit of luxury and individualism, but also comfort combined with ease of use. This is extremely important for every woman, regardless of what she likes. As Coco Chanel said, luxury things must be comfortable. If they aren't, they aren't luxurious!
Your clothes can be described as classic. Are you afraid of extravagance?
KDP: On the contrary! We love extravagance, the clearest proof of which is my diploma collection made of leather, where pants turn into bags. Last year, this collection brought me the Furli main prize "For the most innovative collection of accessories in terms of functionality, aesthetics and experiments with fabric" at the World Fashion Competition in Grado near Venice. But extravagance is, as the name suggests, for the chosen few, those who like it and feel good in it, and therefore - for individual orders, which we fulfill with great pleasure.
GP: And our standard collection - the one visible on the hanger is dominated by classics, because most women love them - it is minimalist and timelessly elegant at any age, just like leather in its essence. Especially such beautiful and soft skin. Such material does not require additional "embellishments and frills", it is content in itself.
What will the Kate & Grace Collection brand look like in 5 years?
GP: What a quantum leap into the future! Considering that our brand has existed 3 times shorter. I am sure that Kate & Grace Collection will retain its individual character. And even if today I don't know what exactly it will look like, because it depends on many factors dictated by the market, I am sure of one thing - that it will be beautiful, full of feminine charm and sex appeal, like an anthem of femininity. The basic priorities will certainly not change, just like our company motto "the skin I live in."
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author Aleksandra Sobocińska

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We would like to thank the journalist Aleksandra Sobocińska for a nice meeting, and Agnieszka Potocka for beautiful photos.