Born in Germany and trained at Paris’s storied ESMOD (Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode), Tina Lutz joined Issey Miyake’s Paris atelier shortly after graduating. There she worked alongside the designer on a wide range of projects including knitwear development, runway show production and coordination of museum exhibitions. After a stint at San Francisco’s ESPRIT to launch a capsule collection, Lutz returned to Issey Miyake, this time joining the house’s Tokyo headquarter and focusing on inventive tailoring, production and design.
Lutz relocated to New York in 1992 to join Calvin Klein as a senior designer, where she helped conceptualize and launch the CK Calvin Klein women’s line, a lifestyle brand that critics considered groundbreaking both for its timely, multifaceted approach as well as its headline-making ad campaigns. After Calvin Klein, Lutz was tapped for senior roles at a series of notable brands including Barneys and The Limited, before becoming the executive designer of the Puma produced Nuala, Christy Turlington’s forward-thinking yoga and sportswear line.
In 2000, Lutz co-founded Lutz & Patmos, a women’s ready-to-wear line that focused on luxury knitwear. She served as the brand’s creative and branding director for ten years. Lutz was also focused on innovative, multi-platform collaborations. She developed the notable “Guest Designer” series, charitable partnerships with creative luminaries including Julianne Moore, Jane Birkin, Carine Roitfeld, Sofia Coppola, Christy Turlington, Kirsten Dunst, Ines van Lamsweerde, Liv Tyler, Fabien Baron, Richard Meier and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Joint ventures with Coach, Volkswagen, West Elm and Uniqlo dovetailed into this theme of thoughtful design collaborations.
In addition to helming these creative projects, Lutz promoted the implementation of socially and environmentally conscious business practices.
She launched organic knitwear collections and worked with female artisan collectives in Bolivia, Uruguay and Peru in an effort to create sustainable production methods. Lutz’s collaborative approach to design, one that is as sensitive to sustainability and creativity as it is to maintaining a distinctive aesthetic, has helped redefine the role of a modern fashion designer.
The brand’s designs were featured in the Cooper–Hewitt National Design Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Royal Museum of Scotland. Lutz & Patmos was also a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2005.
Lutz served as the Creative Director of TSE, the luxury knitwear brand, from 2012 to 2015. This comprehensive role included restructuring and leading the design, merchandising and marketing teams, as well as repositioning and redesigning the ready-to-wear collection. Lutz art directed global campaign initiatives and presentations. She introduced ethical fashion components to the brand narrative, including sustainable materials, sourcing local and domestic production, and initiating altruistic collaborations with both artisan and student groups. Lutz launched and collaborated with Claudia on all aspects of the ‘Claudia Schiffer for TSE’ collection.
Lutz served as adjunct professor and mentor at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2011 to 2015. In her role she instructed senior design majors on all aspects of the theory and practice of fashion design, as well as advised students on developing their thesis collections. She consulted on industry contacts, portfolio development and served as a primary faculty critic for their final runway presentation. She also acted as a mentor to students transitioning from undergraduate to the professional design field.
While spending more time in Berlin and her native Germany, Lutz has been consulting for several major German brands, as well as launching Lutz Morris, a line of German made luxury handbags based on craftsmanship, sustainability, altruism and quality. www.lutzmorris.com
Lutz has been a member of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) since 2006 and is a member of CFDA’s New Member Committee, Sustainability Committee and Education Committee.