Even if many designers need to draw their collections from inception to completion, Lensz doesn’t stick to paper and pen when it comes to developing his ideas. His starting point often comes from sartorial pieces. “I always love to source vintage clothes,” he says. “I just style them up and directly see what I can do with them.” The rapidity of this method makes it much more interesting for him, though he admits it still takes a long time to gather the clothes needed for any given project.
As a student, he has always started his collections with fabrics, mainly to secure raw material. “Once I have the fabrics, I just think that I could make a good coat out of this fabric, or a good jacket out of this one,” he says. Lensz developed his graduate collection around the notions of death, art, and 20th century philosophy. It mixes different elements, such as the repetition of time, boredom, and Victorian mourning. He used black, purple, and white, the colours that represent the steps of mourning throughout a year.