Michèle Kuball personal assistant / shop owner


At JapanTKY, we are not only inspired by the latest fashion trends and city trips. We also take inspiration from the people who wear our clothes. Ultimately, we design our clothes for them. Therefore, we would like you to meet some of our muses.

Michèle Kuball(48), personal assistant / shop owner from Düsseldorf, Germany

Photography: Rik Balder / Studio Redlab

Michèle lives with her husband and their twin sons (16) in Düsseldorf. She started working as a consultant for several advertising and marketing agencies. Since 18 years however, she has worked as a personal assistant to her husband, renowned international artist Mischa Kuball. He creates light- and video-based installations in response to specific locations. You can take a look at his website to see and read more about his work. Michèle arranges and organizes just about everything that comes with his work.

Moreover, Michèle is the owner of TANTE LORETTA, a children’s clothing brand with self-designed and self-made baby’s and children’s clothing made out of antique linen and cotton fabrics.

Michèle @work for TANTE LORETTA (Photography Andreas Bretz)

"I started TANTE LORETTA in 2012. It is my 3rd child, so to speak. With TANTE LORETTA two things come together for me: my 'old profession' (after high school I started with a sewing & tailoring education) and my desire to have a daughter. That is why I mainly design girls' clothing. TANTE LORETTA is more of a hobby than work, but I enjoy doing this: from the search for special antique fabrics with a story to the design and sewing of the clothes."

Photography Rik Balder/Studio Redlab
“How to make lemonade out of this lemon”

"Now that the children are older and more independent, I have more time for myself. Lately I have been thinking regularly about what is next? It is challenging, but we will see how to make lemonade out of this lemon"

When we ask Michèle who her muse or role model is, she answers: “I like strong women. I’m not talking about muscle power, but the strength to step over your insecurities and not being afraid to show your emotions. That is something a lot of women do in their daily life – heroines of everyday life. As a well-known role model I think Michelle Obama is a good example. She is a strong personality, not insecure, a brilliant thinker and a perfect first lady.”

“I would also like to mention Taryn Brumfitt, the founder of the Body Image Movement. Like so many women, Taryn suffered from low self-esteem, specifically related to her physical appearance. In an effort to feel better about herself, she entered a body building competition and actually achieved her chiselled, weight loss goals! But then she realized that toned abs and sculpted arms brought her no closer to happiness and she eventually gained the weight back. Taryn now devotes her live to promoting positive body image and teaching women to love themselves in all their many shapes and sizes. Every woman should see her documentary Embrace!”

What does clothing means to you?

I love real clothing that fits well, not only in terms of size but also in terms of style. Beautiful clothing has a way to build yourself up. It makes you feel really comfortable and not at all disguised. In addition, we travel a lot for my husband's work, so I like clothes that are easy to wear. The clothing from JapanTKY fully complies with this. I love the fact that I can wear my clothes directly from the suitcase, without the need for an iron. Furthermore, with only a couple of JapanTKY items you will have enough clothing for different occasions with you.

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