Yujia Zhai-Petrow designs her 1913Berlin collection for metropolitan nomads like herself. The Berlin-based designer was born in western China, on the ancient Silk Road, but it was cashmere and creativity that helped weave her career.

Zhai-Petrow’s home region, Xianjing, is one of China’s most diverse, home to many ethnicities and cultures. Zhai-Petrow remembers being fascinated with the colorful handcrafted clothing and high boots of the area’s tribes, as well as the work of her father, an accomplished oil painter, who encouraged her creativity. Her love of beauty was invigorated by living and studying in some of the world’s top cities, such as Hong Kong and Paris, and refining her skills at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and London’s Central Saint Martins. Her background includes fine art and fashion.

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