Business-Style: Saskia Diez
The Munich jewelry designer Saskia Diez balances life between goldsmith and homework supervision. The style motto of the mother of three: an intellectual elegance that suits every occasion.
Photographs: Christian Borth
Madame: As an self-employed businesswoman and single mom: How strict do you have to structure your everyday life?
Saskia Diez: The day begins earlier with children, they leave the house at about seven o'clock. After that, I enjoy some time for myself. Around nine o'clock I am then in the atelier. The content is varied, depending on what's on the agenda: whether it's the design of jewelry or communication and organization in general. An external structure is extremely important: we are a good team, and everyone has their own area of responsibility. This is elementary in my structure so as not to lose the big picture, which can easily happen in everyday stress. In the late afternoon, I leave the office when the children come out of school.
Madame: What rituals do you enjoy especially with the kids at home?
Saskia Diez: Most of it takes place in the kitchen. We celebrate the daily breakfast and frequently also a dinner as a family, on the weekends we also like to invite friends.
Madame: You're Frequent Traveller. How do you organize childcare?
Saskia Diez: The kids aren't that little anymore. They go to school on their own, back home or to friends. From time to time a babysitter comes if I am already on the road before dinner or sometimes overnight. Otherwise, when I travel, I try to make appointments so that they are with their father during the time.
Madame: Which apps or tools make your everyday life easier?
Saskia Diez: Shared calendars are meticulously maintained by us. Then everyone always knows where the other one is.
Madame: What do you grant yourself if you ever need a break?
Saskia Diez: I consciously try to put time-outs into my everyday life. I do yoga regularly before work. I read. I like to go to the cinema and dance from time to time. I have a few good friends. I like bathing. When I need a real break, I go to the Hamam and let myself be pampered.
Madame: Women can and must juggle both perfectly - as the media often says when it comes to children and work. Do you feel pressured by this expectation as a career woman and mother?
Saskia Diez: In the media, the topic mainly involves very privileged people. There are not many problems because there is a large network of nannies and au-pairs which helps to embed the children in a protected structure. People who have normal jobs have a much harder time of it. I have always had the privileged position of being my own boss. So I didn't have to submit to any structure, go to an office at certain times and could spend a lot of time with the children at the same time. On the other hand, I have always worked a lot and very hard when the little ones have slept, and have spent little time doing nothing. But I wanted it the same way.
Madame: How do you feel about the boundaries between professional and private life?
Saskia Diez: Sehr fließend. Mit vielen Menschen, mit denen ich im Job zu tun habe, verbindet mich auch eine enge Freundschaft.
Madame: Do you determine the look of your kids, or do these three already have their own heads?
Saskia Diez: Meanwhile, I'm only allowed to be there as a companion or to play the sales consultant - they already know pretty well what they want. Selma, the oldest, likes to pose in chic clothes, Helena has a soft spot for sportswear, and Nikolaus currently loves to wear denim from head to toe.
Madame: Are you as a working mum looking for fashion and accessories that are practical?
Saskia Diez: Not at all. But I've never had a particular preference for uncomfortable things anyway.
Madame: Should the label Saskia Diez become a big family business?
Saskia Diez: If that's what the kids later wish for, I'm open to it. But until then the three should go the way they want.
Saskia Diez was born in Kranenburg on the Lower Rhine in 1976. She is a trained goldsmith and studied industrial design in Munich. She then worked for Rosenthal and in the offices of Christian Haas and Konstantin Grcic.
In 2006 she laid out sculptural bronze bracelets - prototypes that were actually not meant to be jewelry - on a stand at the Cologne Furniture Fair. The enthusiastic requests of several customers for " jewelry " led to the foundation of the label Saskia Diez.
The designer lives with her children Selma, 14, Helena, 12, and Nikolaus, 10, in the Glockenbachviertel in Munich. She employs eighteen people.