J'ai Mal à la Tête

...this Munich based label may have a French name, but their attitude is definitely new-age German.

Fernando Pessoa’s work Livro do Desassossego – or The Book of Disquiet – inspired German designer Anja Pawlik’s menswear brand. “J’ai mal à la tête et à l’univers” is the basis, and namesake, for a label rooted in bucking the trend of fast disposable fashion. This fragmented tome struck a chord with the designer, and motivated her to create a brand that was not manipulated or linked to the daily ebb and flow of fashion trends as dictated by media and advertising. This forced Anja to design a collection with a connection on an intellectual level. Through avant-garde designs and functional wearability, her pieces offer a timeless aesthetic and a signature look that appeals to modern individualists. By manipulating the stereotypes of masculinity, without neglecting the demands of men’s clothing, Anja plays with colours and materials as well as outside influences in the absence of a specific theme. The only constants are quality and fit with distinct details running throughout the collection. This Munich native represents a new wave of young experimental artists that are leading a design revolution…

Nothing inspires me like…
just doing

I hope…
don´t hope, ACT!

Cultural influences…
are important to broaden consciousness and creativity.

I got where I am...
through a colourful mixture of various factors such as education, belief in an aim, hard work, luck, chance etc.

Fashion can sometimes...
let you slip into another role.

Money makes…
you independent and can give you a certain freedom, as well as a huge responsibility.

Did you know…
is the name of my press agency!

Creativity comes from…
the heart, experience and external influences. But mainly through hard work and practice.

I once thought…
that when I turned 30 years old, I would be married, have two children and live in a house with a beautiful garden.

Love is…
all you need, all you need is love. Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love lalalalalalalalala

My future is...
a leap in the dark.

Pain comes from…
deep passion. You must feel and experience pain during the creative process. The german word for passion is LEIDENSCHAFT, which means “create suffering”.

NYC/London/Paris/Milan are…
big fashion cities. I hope that in the future, fashion design will be accepted more and will be taken more seriously in Germany. Berlin Fashion Week is a good start, but I hope for more support and help for young emerging designers.

I'm a perfectionist…
The determination to not compromise and striving for perfection is a strong motivator. Avoiding errors is the aim, but it is equally important to allow for mistakes and accept that things often end up differently to how you imagined them.

I love getting older...
without aging.