I was thinking, why I didn’t go for fashion designer job at that time, when I graduated from college.
When I was in Bunka, end of 80’s to beginning of 90’s.There were plenty jobs available!!!
Issey, Kenzo, Hanae Mori, Hiroko Koshino, Hanai Yukiko, Junko Shimada – couture fashion designer brand, JUN, Takeo Kikuchi, Kansai – Mens fashion brand, Y’s, comme-des-garcons, Nicole, – high fashion brand..
You name it, all the big name were there. I wasn’t interested in going that world, some reason, my instinct told me too much business going….I was much more in street fashion…
Perhaps, I knew I could make any of the clothes if I wanted, because I have used to seen how to make the clothes and dress and coat, suits……from my mum,and I had plenty of ideas and designs in my head.
But I didn’t know about hat! Again, my curiosity of seeing new world….
My first year of designer was learning mostly-pattern cutting, sewing, designing, making pattern from the design, drafting document to go for productions, fabrics, interface, tools, market research. basically everything.
There are 7 designers in house. Each designer creates 2 collections per year. My first collection ( my fashion college’s graduation show was wonderful. I created collections, twice, because I had extra two graduations! ) wasn’t sold, perhaps I had too much “me” going…
But from second collection started selling some of the collection, then what happens,,,I went out street, I was seeing the hats I created!!! At the department stores, from the train somebody wearing my hats which I created!! When I walked street, I sew people were wearing my creations!!!!! It was rewarding so much!
I really enjoyed working there in down town Tokyo. Fantastic people and very family like company, almost too comfortable, there.
But I don’t know,,, after 4 years, I was planning to study in London for further hat study……..
From other side of world,,,,seeing Japanese fashion is very curious things… we just enjoy showing what we like together in our style!!
Japanese fashion was in V & A:
From inside Japan, I was the same…