A GirlTalk! Interview with Michigan Designer Christina Liedtke of Astouri

A GirlTalk! Interview with Michigan Designer Christina Liedtke of Astouri

A Chat About Fashion, City Skylines, and Dreams

The ready-to-wear apparel brand, ASTOURI was founded in 2019 and offers multi-functional designs that are travel friendly and made with high-quality fabrics. By leveraging unique licensed city photography and conscious designing, women in Michigan love what ASTOURI is all about.

Christina Liedtke wanted to create a collection that transitions from basic wear to amazing wear that offers uniqueness and versatility. I sat down with Christina the other day and discussed how she got started and how ASTOURI began.  Check out our interview below.  Get ready to be inspired.

Christina Liedtke

GirlTalk! Interview with ASTOURI Designer, Christina Liedtke

Shannon: When did you know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

Christina: I have wanted to be a fashion designer since I was little. I began my love for fashion probably around the age of 10 and it has been a thread through my life since. From my love for getting dressed up to drawing. Learning how to sew to learning production, fashion, and being a designer, is my greatest expression.

Shannon: How did the name ASTOURI come about?

Liedtke: The name ASTOURI was derived from the stories that are told from the prints we place on our clothing.

Shannon: Love that! How creative. Please briefly tell us about your designs.

Liedtke: ASTOURI designs apparel and accessories with contemporary female styles that are digitally printed with iconic city photography designed for women to showcase their community pride with femininity and functionality. A majority of our garments are multi-functional, reversible, and seasonless. They can take you from day to night and around the globe with our easy-to-wear and easy-to-pack designs.

Shannon: Are there certain fabrics you love to work with?

Christina: We love working with fabrics that can bring our prints to life which is constantly evolving. There is not one fabric that we like more than others, however, I do love fabrics that have a beautiful drape for our patterns and bring a fitting silhouette to our female consumer.

Shannon: What makes your brand different than others?

Christina: We focus on localized prints that are stylish, multi-generational, inclusive, and size-friendly while also empowering women through telling their community stories in style. Additionally, we have give-back programs, community development, and job creation by partnering with local female-operated cut & sew facilities that create jobs and income for women.

Shannon: Describe your perfect customer.

Christina: Our ideal customer is really any woman that is proud of where she lives, where she is traveling to, or aspires to go to. Our brand appeals to all customers as we have both apparel and accessories that connect with the community.

Shannon: What inspires you to create new designs?

Christina: I find a lot of inspiration in looking at the beauty and fluidity that cities have to offer to launch in prints in new cities. When we look at our designs we are always inspired by clothing that is easy-to-wear, easy-to-pack, has multiple styles and truly adds value to our end consumer. I am always inspired by great looks that you can dress up, but also dress down, perfect for the everyday, but also going out at night with friends and telling amazing stories.

Shannon: What advice can you give young designers out there who may be eager to start their own business?

Christina: My best advice is to offer a few key points:
1) Make sure that the foundation of your business is rock solid and that you have a clear business model and sales funnel. This goes for any company and a fashion business is no different.
2) Make sure you are differentiated vs. your competition. This will set you apart from other brands and help you with both customer acquisition and customer retention.
3) Do your homework and your designs and brand will work. Start small and test market your products to make sure they will work in long run.

Shannon: What does the future hold for ASTOURI?

Christina: The future of ASTOURI is all about expansion both locally and globally. What is coming up on the radar is expanding into the top cities around the U.S. and also connecting with high-travel cities globally as we come out of the pandemic. We also will be expanding the portfolio of products we offer to ensure we have a range of items women can choose from to wear on a daily basis.  I would love to see ASTOURI in every major airport and resort over the next five years including truly owning clear consumer communication that is fun and engaging across social media.

Shannon: Sounds like you’re on your way! I wish you all the best. Thank you, Christina. It’s been a pleasure speaking with you.

Christina: Thank you, Shannon!

ASTOURI can be followed on Instagram @astouri_style. To shop Astouri visit www.astouri.com.

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Shannon Lazovski is known to be Michigan’s first professional fashion blogger with two decades of professional blogging and influencer experience representing and creating content for brands in the fashion, beauty, and luxury travel sectors. Shannon is also the Founder and Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor of Detroit Fashion News and the Owner & Senior Editor of the parenting blog Detroit Mommies. Shannon is also known for her local philanthropic efforts and enjoys serving the community via her nonprofit organization, Glamorous Moms Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on helping women, children, and families in need. In 2019, Shannon launched her professional-grade lipstick line, Glameselle Beauty, a vegan, cruelty-free lip brand that offers lip products named after Michigan women who inspire. Shannon has been seen on Fox 2 Detroit, WXYZ-TV Channel 7, CBS Detroit, TV20 Detroit, WDIV Local 4 Detroit, IGTV, and seen in Styleline Magazine, Metro Parent Magazine, Dedicated Magazine, Downtown Magazine, Greater Rochester Living and numerous local blogs and online publications.