Since its inception, 22/4 has produced mens and womens collections semiannually, offering two separate but connected lines. Both collections are all handmade in Germany, and by using nongendered fabrics and classical men’s tailoring for women’s shapes, achieve a nonbinary thematic harmony without approaching unisex. Hahn’s dedication to sourcing materials locally, either within her country or from surrounding Europe, reflects the high quality standards and demands expected from German craft and Hahn's own applied tailoring technique and innovation. Her drive to produce well-made and impeccably-constructed clothes that everyone can wear with confidence, combined with the passion that grew from the search for great fabrics, has been key in shaping the identity of 22/4. Her intention is always to create distinctive and sophisticated luxury garments for a market with traditional values and a progressive edge.
The crux of 22/4’s positioning in today’s society hinges on the importance of fashion design as an activity that can be observed from many angles; one being her designs’ capacity to shift an economical situation, another its omnipresence in the objects and images which sustain cultural existence. As an individual Hahn has chosen to express herself in a visual rather than verbal form. She has chosen silence over recognition and has redefined her own anonymity with the capacity to communicate through other resources, such as the shapes and objects of her own creation. 22/4 is a numerical title referencing not only the mathematical elements of tailoring, but the equation of teamwork. Her designs tell a story, reconstruct and synthesize real-life situations. Through the use of fabrics and shapes she differentiates and integrates visual representations, thus mobilizing the wearer and stimulating them to desire something. As a designer she does not vocalize her authorship, but puts her energy instead towards interpreting new social interactions, creating new relations between people and materials, and incorporating these ideas into shapes and designs that will become a part of the future users’ lives.
Born in Düsseldorf Stephanie Hahn operates according to her own exacting conscience. In her aspiration to find a creative medium of expression, she was naturally drawn to playing with fabrics and textiles where she found passion in measuring techniques used in tailored clothing. After completing her vocational studies at the AMD, Hahn moved to Berlin to experience the fashion movement that was emerging at the time. There, Hahn deepened her understanding of classical tailoring while working with designer Frank Leder on traditional menswear.
In 2009 she moved back to Düsseldorf to start her own fashion brand 22/4. At which point Stephanie Hahn began her business structure with a qualified production team for both the mens and womenswear collections and in 2011 she was invited to present her collection in Paris by the Fédération Française de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. She continues to present her handmade collection as part of the official Paris men's calendar.