Interview // MIES NOBIS

Australian born, Berlin based designer Millicent Nobis studied fashion design in Sydney, Australia before moving to Berlin where her label Mies Nobis was founded in 2012.

Each collection reflects a fascination with the human form and its adornment as well as an experimentation with varying materials.

Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Australia.
 Where are you based and What brought you there?
I’m based in Berlin. What brought me here is the fact that I had been learning German with my Grandmother and when i finished my studies i thought i might do a gap year in a German speaking city, Berlin made most sense as i had studied fashion design i thought the main scene would be here.

What is your favorite flavor of your city?
A good dill pickle.

Best recommendations for your city; Favorite dinner/Brunch/cocktails/ secret location
For dinner spanish tapas at Bar Raval, for Brunch Mexican with super spicy bloody mary's Californian Breakfast Slam for cocktails cheap and strong with style at Lerchen & Eulen check my review here.

What are your life essentials—What do you carry with you at all time?

Keys; home and AA-Collected, iphone, Mont Blanc coin purse; no cards, because i lose them and you can survive in Berlin with just cash, lipgloss; blistex lightly colored.

Tell us your daily rituals: Weekday vs weekend
I fight to keep my routine in a weekday / weekend balance, as someone who mostly makes my own schedule work can spill onto weekends and socializing can spill onto weekdays, but generally i like to sleep until 9ish, run, do some house maintenance stuff like washing/shopping, head to studio and work, either in the shop at my laptop or in the back at my bench. I like to keep any meetings to after 6pm to give myself the day to focus, often friends pop by after 7pm for an easy beer and if the evenings i generally cook for people or go out to press events.

What is your plan for today, this week and this year?
Today finish a custom rose-gold ring for lovely Maria who has been waiting so long, then make a fuss of my besty for her birthday, this week just keep up the healthy living to get back to former resilience (have been home with the flu for far to long now), this year i have to make sure to slow down a little bit, simplify my life remember to breath and enjoy the little things.

Most influential person in your life?

My parents are very influential, they had me really young and in a way, I feel like I have watched them grow up and learn to know themselves better. Both have personality traits I identify with; my mum is social and caring but a bit of a worrier, my Dad is creative and an extreme hard worker but prone to moodiness, they influence how I’ve learned to manage myself.


Tried and true methods against creative block?
Mostly if something isn’t working, the best thing is to take a break and come back to it. Unfortunately you can’t force creative work, but you can learn to get back in the headspace by taking a moment to breathe, going for a run, or observing something inspiring like another form of art.

What are some inspiration things: designs, artists, music, sites that you find yourself re-visiting often?
I really like Richard Sera as an artist & sculpture, and Karl Fritsch as a jeweller, I am listening to Austrian electronic duo HVOB at the moment.

Likes/dislikes? (just a short list, one word answers)
Likes: studio days, messy hair, sunshine, running, smoked salmon.
Dislikes: insomnia, plain cream, people that talk over you.