Ann-Kathrin Carstensen
Portrait © Fabijan Vuksic

Diploma-Fashion Designer Ann-Kathrin Carstensen founded her accessory label RITA IN PALMA in 2012. Together with women from Turkey, Syria, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Kosovo, she designs hand-crocheted, haute-couture jewelry and accessories. RITA IN PALMA’s breathtaking collars and intricately woven pieces elevate the everyday and make uncommonly elegant pairings with luxury pieces. The label offers women a way out of long-term unemployment, making it one of the first to combine high fashion with integrative community-building work.

RITA IN PALMA Team in Berlin, Neukölln, Germany
Photo © Corinna Radakovits

Ann-Kathrin Carstensen also founded “von Meisterhand e.V.”, a charitable organization that invites women from different cultural backgrounds to come together and share their knowledge and craft skills. The association supports and empowers women through German courses, Yoga classes, and assistance with daily struggles.

RITA IN PALMA Atelier Crochet Queens
Photo © Myriam Lutz

Hand crocheting the STEFANIE Collier
Photo © Fabijan Vuksic

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