Pauline Treis

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She welcomes us into the fashion jungle with her brand Jungle Folk

Pauline Treis offers clothing for women who are living in the “urban jungle” … modern pieces that are elegant, comfortable and well tailored. The brand’s roots are in Columbia where she started to work alongside local artisans for her collections 5 years ago, and today she is proud to continue to build a community of “folk” connecting the design makers with her clients.

We caught up with Pauline to learn a bit more about what makes her tick…

Job Related

GG: What, or who, inspired you to enter the field of work you are in now?
Pauline Treis: First of all, it was the poverty I’ve seen while traveling, especially in Latin America and the urge to change something and have an impact in the world. Then it was my neighbor in Berlin, an older lady who had so many projects in her life and who showed me that it’s possible to have alternative careers.

GG: Tell us about your latest projects…what are you working on at the moment?
Pauline Treis: I’m currently working on developing my “Never Out of Season” collection and offering a beautiful basic collection for “all year round”. I don’t launch multiple collections a year as the „mass fashion industry“ but rather prefer to work at a slower pace with specific items.

Personal

GG: Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
Pauline Treis: I cannot sew! Most people think as a designer and founder of a brand that’s what I do but there is so much more to do. I focus on bringing everything together and work with great seamstresses and pattern makers to develop new pieces in a team.

GG: What are some favorite beauty products you cannot live without?
Pauline Tries: My organic beauty oil by Pretty and Pure. I do not use a lot of products and feel that it nourishes the skin so perfectly and smells like fresh peaches!

Local Tips

GG: Tell us about you out on the town…any favorite restaurants or boutiques that we should check out?
Pauline Treis: I live in Wipkingen just at the river so I spend my summer with morning dips in the Limmat at the „Letten“ and love to take my coffee there before I start my day (I cross the street in my bathrobe). 

Also since about two months I cannot stop to visiting the bookstore in Kosmos. I love the atmosphere there – it’s so inspiring with all the books and I often stay for hours to read or work a little from there. The owners are the same as my other favorite Cafe further down the river: Spheres. They both have a great offer of events, readings and so on. 

GG: Favorite restaurant/cafe in Zurich?
Pauline Treis: My favorite food is probably Miki Ramen. I love their Japanese dishes!

Motivation

GG: How do you keep organized?
Pauline Treis: Digitally! I use a tons of apps for my to do’s, calendars, messenger services and I’m so thankful for these apps! I still always carry my notebook and have it in front of me all day for the most important tasks.

GG: What is your favorite inspirational quote?
Pauline Treis: Sit down, stop all the bullshit and breathe.
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In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.

Bonus

GG: Favorite blogger to follow: food/fashion/news?
Pauline Treis: The Lissome from UK has beautiful moods for fashion. Ariele Alasko for crafts and natural moods. LMC for arty ceramics and unique moods.

GG: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Pauline Treis: Probably to be calm and that everything will be ok 😉

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