Filippa K’s new creative director on taking the Swedish brand into a new era

By Josefin Forsberg

Photo: Filippa K

Drawing on her northern roots and international experience, Liisa Kessler sets out to reinvigorate Filippa K. Here, she speaks to Vogue Scandinavia on her plans for the future

Today, Stockholm-based brand Filippa K appointed Liisa Kessler as its next creative director. Founded in 1993 by Swedish designer Filippa Knutson, Filippa K has grown internationally to become synonymous with Scandinavian style and minimalism.


An exciting talent to watch, Kessler began her career with a position at Chloé under Clare Waight Keller, she then worked for Y/Project and Lanvin. Most recently, she spent five years at Saint Laurent under Anthony Vaccarello as a senior designer for the show collections. Now she is stepping into the role of creative director for the first time.

Liisa Kessler, Filippa K's new Creative Director. Photo: Filippa K

“My personal and professional backgrounds give me an understanding of both the Scandinavian lifestyle and international luxury aesthetics,” Kessler told Vogue Scandinavia. With a dual Finnish and German background, she tells us that she approaches the new role with an international perspective while carrying through the house’s heritage of timeless Scandinavian style. “Having worked in Paris for the majority of my career, I’m looking forward to connecting with my own northern roots for the first time.”

According to the brand, Kessler’s work will mark a noticeable shift in the creative direction of Filippa K. “I see it as my responsibility to build upon Filippa’s legacy of celebrating simplicity, style, quality and the power of ease while working with the teams to explore what Scandinavian fashion means today in this new era for the house,” says Kessler.

Liisa Kessler’s debut collection for Filippa K will be presented in June 2022.