Katie Schmidt is the New Orleans-based designer behind Passion Lilie, a women's fair trade and eco-friendly clothing line featuring hand block printed or handwoven fabrics. She describes her styles as "streamlined silhouettes with a flair for the vintage and retro."
Learn more about Katie's inspirations, worldwide travels and more. And pre-order her newest collection from us seen on our model in the pictures below!
Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you?
I create all the patterns, samples and technical drawings by hand. My heart and soul go into every piece. My color inspiration for the prints comes from nature. I am very in tune with my surroundings and I believe that by wearing colorful, happy prints and patterns it will brighten your mood. I am fascinated by the ancient Indian artisanal techniques of dyeing and weaving. The print and color patterns allow for a plethora of design possibilities. I design for all ages and body types and every season my goal is to create a collection that will inspire confidence in the woman who wears it.
If you could eat at any food truck, what would it be? And what would you get?
I am a sucker for Mexican food. Originally being from California, Mexican food is a key part of my diet. If the food truck does a good tamale, then that would be my first choice. But I can always do some delicious shrimp or chicken tacos.
What do you like most about the maker community?
I love the supportive camaraderie In New Orleans. We have a great maker community and we are like a big family. We support each other in new adventures and any time a tourist comes to town we are quick to recommend the art and treasures that our fellow makers create.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
That is a very difficult question for me to answer. I have been to 27 countries and I loved them all. For beautiful beaches - Brazil and Thailand are top on my list, but I do love my trips to India. Despite how busy and crazy India is, when I go there I find a sense of peace and I am humbled. I love all the art and culture in India - that country never ceases to amaze and inspire me.
What does your work space look like?
When I am in the thick of designing and patterning- I have notes pinned all over the walls with measurements and ideas and pile of construction paper (for patterning) on the floor next to me.
What do you want for your next birthday?
To be in the company of friends and family…. And maybe on a beach or enjoying some good food.