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Mona Kowalska of A Détacher

Mona Kowalska of A Détacher

30 - 05 - 24

A Détacher means to be detached, as in: to detach the label from the garment. A sentiment not only suggestive of the practicality of obtaining a piece of clothing and putting it to use, but also the values of the designer behind it who prefers for you to shop with intention and not buy things because of the label and its social association.

This sentiment leads us to the heart and soul behind the brand A Détacher — Polish designer Mona Kowalska, who has remained unaffected by fashion industry trends. Instead, the designer has devoted her practice to the art of construction, offering clothing that makes women feel strong, physically and mentally. It is this artistic language that has gained her a following of intelligent and empathetic women.

Artist Ana Kras visited Mona at her home, just before A Détacher showed a finale collection at New York Fashion Week. The ending of this chapter stems from Mona’s personal desire to step back and focus on other creative projects. We feel lucky to have caught Mona in a moment of change, a time where she is allowing her intuition to guide her.

Mona Kowalska of A Détacher

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How do you like to get into a really great space creatively?

I work at the studio so for me just going to work gets me into a creative space.

If you’re feeling stuck, or uninspired, how do go about transforming your thoughts?

If I feel stuck I tend to read or go to see art or live shows. Sometimes music also really helps.


How do you overcome feeling anxious or nervous?

Sometimes an edible. Sometimes a walk or a massage.

I am just by nature critical, so I, for better or worse, don’t need practice. It is hard-wired in me.

What practices do you have around analysing or being critical of your own work?

I am just by nature critical, so I, for better or worse, don’t need practice. It is hard-wired in me.


How do you clear your head after a big project?

My favorite way is to travel. But often I clear my head by simply working on something new.

What are some systems you have in place to successfully get out the door on time?

I give myself two hours in the morning, so my system is really just a lot of time.

Reading is my favorite way to relax. I am, essentially, a disciplined but lazy person, so relaxing is not an issue.

If you were home alone, what would you cook yourself?

Scrambled eggs.


What rituals do you practice in taking care of yourself?

I take a gyrotonics class once a week and I take naps almost daily.

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