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From Her Fave Restaurant To What To Buy, The Creative Director Of Cos Shares Her It List

The creative director of Cos Katrin Gustafsson, who recently held an art-meets-fashion exhibition in Seoul, shares her design and style inspirations and more.

Karin Gustafsson

Her Artistic Muse 

“The late American abstract painter Agnes Martin. I like the quiet expression and the depth that goes into her work. Her use of colour, texture, material and pattern has inspired past Cos collections.”    

A Book She’s Into Now

 “Varlik by Swedish author Mons Kallentoft – he gives his own unique spin on the classic Scandinavian crime novel.”


On her reading list: swedish crime literature such as Varlik by Mons Kallentoft

Favourite Restaurant 

“Visit the Hoi Polloi brasserie in London’s Ace Hotel on Sundays to enjoy a string orchestra while having brunch.”

Signature Scent 


She loves the woody notes of Voyage d’Hermes.

“I love Hermes’ Voyage d’Hermes for its woody notes that are both fresh and musky.”

Most Stylish Film 

“I Am Love (2009) by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (which featured costumes by Raf Simons and Silvia Venturini Fendi). Its female lead Tilda Swinton is someone I consider a real style icon.”


She calls I Am Love (2009), which features costumes designed by Raf Simons, the most stylish film ever.