Kristien Follon was born on the 16th of December 1985. As a young child, she was always looking for new and creative ways to express herself. She’s always been very passionate about drawing, painting and sketching, since this allowed her to create things that didn’t really exist… She was able to create a world of her own. At a very early age she started dying textile, knitting, crocheting, lacemaking and she kept looking for other techniques to create all of the things she came up with.
This strong urge to create things only grew, so she enrolled at a local art academy. Even the strong need to express herself kept growing, so she started designing her own prints and clothes, and customized clothes for herself and for friends. It’s at this point that she realized that she wanted to become a fashion designer.
At the age of 16 she started working as an intern at the ‘Trois-Quarts’ workroom in Antwerp, where she started making patterns and prototypes for big names, such as Walter van Beirendonck, Dirk van Saene, Marlies Dekkers, Heider Ackerman, Bruno Pieters, and many more. This internship was an amazing learning experience.
In the meanwhile, she started her fashion studies in Antwerp. During these studies, she was able to focus on design and illustration. The urge to start her own label was bigger than ever.
This is when TITI + THE GERMAN KID was born. This is her fresh and quirky brand since 2007. As TITI + THE GERMAN KID got bigger and bigger, Follon grew tremendously as an artist.
She collaborated twice with Belgian fashion chain JBC, and she even designed an exclusive T-shirt collection for Teeville and Muziekodroom. Keep an eye on her, really.
Aside from designing and illustrating for her own brand, she’s always interested in other projects, maybe even yours…