Antje Pugnat graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2005 with a Master’s degree in fashion design knitwear. One year later, she founded her own label in Berlin.
Born in Hamburg in 1976, Pugnat she began her studies in clothing technology at the University of Applied Sciences in her hometown. There, she discovered her passion for creating machine knits. Technical sophistication, craftsmanship, and a spirit of experimentation led to the invention of the highly personal materials she transforms into unique garments. A second and more recent phase of production moves now into the realm of thicker and more voluminous handknits.
Driving Pugnat is a vision of knitwear that is sophisticated, beautiful, and unpredictable. In stylistic terms, she plays with idiosyncratic color, with transparency and lightness, but at the same time with sculptural, monochromatic, and organic structures. Her distinctly romantic approach features experimental finishes, and she explores materials in unexpected ways in order to propel her knitwear towards sensuality and luxury. Inspiring her designs is a search for the kind of individualized techniques which lead simultaneously toward heightened delicacy and fragility, and toward greater voluminosity and sculptural shape.
Light and movement, order and chaos, organic structures and classical cuts: the challenge is to allow phases of innovation to interact with one another.
Pugnat’s concept is based on small collections consisting of unique pieces, some elements of which are also produced in limited editions.