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, Inez 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.
Most recently, Lutz served as the Creative Director of TSE, the luxury knitwear brand founded in the mid-1980s and known for its modern approach to cashmere. Joining the brand in September of 2012, her debut collection launched for the Fall|Winter 2013 season.
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 relaunched Tse’s wholesale business after a multi-year absence and 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 has served as adjunct professor and mentor at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) since 2011. In her role she instructs senior design majors on all aspects of the theory and practice of fashion design, as well as advising students on developing their thesis collections. She consults on industry contacts, portfolio development and serves as a primary faculty critic for their final runway presentation. She also acts as a mentor to students transitioning from undergraduate to the professional design field.
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.