Born in Cologne, Germany, Lutz arrived in Paris after completing his degree at prestigious Central Saint Martin's College in London to start working at Maison Martin Margiela. In 2000, he decides to launch « Lutz » with David Ballu. The first collection is presented at the studio of Fabrice Hybert, attracting the attention of press and boutiques such as Maria Luisa and L'Eclaireur in Paris and Lift in in Tokyo. Lutz is awarded the « ANDAM » Award - biggest Fashion Award worldwide - in 2000 and again in 2002. Key pieces are acquired and shown by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée Galiéra in Paris and the Goethe Institute in Tokyo. Lutz's approach to fashion has been described as « decontextualisation ». Taking things out of context, mixing and matching, working on structure and identity. A trenchcoat is draped to become a dress, a dress is cut in heavy cotton to double as a coat, knit is worked to resemble a furcoat and a leather bag is draped and worn on the shoulder to become part of the silhouette, thus creating an identity that is multifaceted, ambiguous and deeply personal.