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THE INTERVIEW

Part 3

Claudia Sträter wants to support and strengthen driven women with its collections. We talked to Anna about ambition and the strength of women.

What is your definition of a strong woman?
"A woman who really listens to herself and her intuition, who knows what her strengths and weaknesses are. Being strong is not just about being powerful, it is also about daring to say: I don't have the answer right now. Everything doesn't always have to work out, there is something unappealing about that."

Which woman do you personally find very inspiring?
"My mother. I really like and I am very impressed by how my mother combined her work with having two children. I learned from her that you are not more or less of a mother if you work more or less. It is different for everyone and you ought to do what makes you happy as a human being."

What could women do to achieve their goals, whatever those goals might be?
"I think women can become stronger by not comparing themselves to other women but rather by drawing on their own strength. By focusing on what they are good at and leaving time and space for that. That way, you get to do what you love."

How would you describe your style?
"Feminine and classical. I don't go with every trend but instead I ask myself whether something really suits me. I want what I wear to make me feel good. I like a nice suit, but I also like a well-cut pair of jeans. I like to vary, depending on my mood and the occasion. I don't go shopping often and when I do buy something, I want to be able to wear it for a long time. Unfortunately I can't always predict that in advance. Sometimes a piece of clothing stays in the closet anyway. When that happens, I pass it on."