A.W.A.K.E. was founded in 2012 by Natalia Alaverdian. Natalia's unique eye for fashion has developed through a multi-disciplinary career encompassing styling, art direction and photography.
Natalia's goal with A.W.A.K.E., an acronym for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm, is to propose a personal and distinct voice through clothing that balance conceptual, storytelling aspirations with commercial viability. Keynote designs are Natalia's take on classic shirting, tailored coats, and dresses, each with an idiosyncratic quality underlined by a succession of very specific inspirational references of animals and characters from history, art and film. The major reference point and inspiration for all of the collections so far have been deviated from the Japanese art and culture.
Visit the Website: www.a-w-a-k-e.com
Over a decade after their arrival on the toy collector scene the infinitely customizable Be@rbrick figurines have become absolute must have's for serious collectors. With lots of variety and charm, these high quality mini-personalities are more than just another toy.
Check out these new arrivals to add to or begin your collection this Xmas.
Visit the Website: http://www.bearbrick.com
Aya is a designer, and artist from Tokyo Japan, based in Brooklyn, NY and Europe. In 2016 She was nominated for a DMY Berlin international Design Award as a best new talent, this year she will be SaloneSatelite in Milan design week as a founder of Aya Kawabata Design. Past work for Milan and Paris design week, london design festival, ICFF NYC, Tokyo design week.
She was featured by Vogue Magazine UK, Meson &Objet Paris, Textile Plus Netherlands and more.In 2015 She was featured as a designer by Designboom design magazine and TL mag,selected as a Adobe Creative Jam Young Best Local Designer in NYC. Dutch Invertual exhibition that Aya did visual design and direction was featured by New York Times, Global interview, The Face etc.
Before moving to the USA, Her design work was at Tokyo News Paper. In 2015, She received an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. From same year, Aya works for Dutch Invertuals and Edhv as a international designer, recently joined branding agency in NYC as a designer.You can find her projects in several countries such as: Tokyo Japan, Eindhoven Netherlans, Berlin Germany, Paris France, Milan Italy, Oslo Norway, Sweden, and NYC, Boston, Chicago in USA.
Past/Current clients include intel, Dutch inverturals, Alfalfa studio NYC, IKEA, Levi's studium, They Might Be Giants, and Tunica Magazine etc.
Aya is currently available for select freelance and collaboration projects.
Visit the Website: www.ayakawabata.com
“ISSO” is the brand name of Aizome (indigo dye: ai means indigo and zo-me or so-me means dyeing) atelier, conducted by Tokiko Kajimoto.
We make Aizome products by a traditional technique that has been handed down from the past, using only natural materials: the rare natural blue dye “Awa-Ai (also called as Sukumo)”, lye of trees (oak, cherry tree, etc.), lime and very special Sake of Tokushima (or Fusuma, bran that is sieved when it is milled wheat).
To make those who use our products feel the fascination of “Color” hiding in blue by indigo, we’d like to keep making products with simplicity, not more or not less. If our indigo-dyed products can give people with a comfortable and peaceful time in their life, we’re so happy.
The color of Ai is deep, free and ambiguous….. Indigo blue may lead you to a “Blue” world connected with both the sea and the sky.
Visit the Website: www.awa-ai.com
From a desire to live a comfortable and healthy way of life, our products show a diligence in bringing you all the best characteristics of the unique SASAWASHI. What we take for granted today may become increasingly difficult tomorrow because of our changing environment & lifestyles. What is truly good is that which you will want to use for a lifetime. Our simple designs are a result of an emphasis on comfort and natural feeling while using our products. Strive to be better without changing. Our goal is dedication in creativity.
WHAT IS SASAWASHI
SASAWASHI is a new fabric woven by twisted Washi yarns that are blended with KUMAZASA.
No other paper in the world is as useful as WASHI - a strong, durable, water-resistant and versatile material with its own beauty. Shoji (sliding WASHI paper doors), for example, keep you cool in hot, humid summers and warm in winter thanks to their humidity control, water absorption, insulation and UV protection. As WASHI can absorb both oil and water, it is used as blotting paper and oil absorbent cooking paper. Absorbing different substances at the same time is especially handy when using SASAWASHI socks and towels.
Visit the Website: www.sasawashi.com
Name: Mikio Sakabe
Occupation: Fashion designer for the brand Mikiosakabe
1. What made you want to study fashion outside of Japan? I knew I couldn’t learn about the world in school — I had to go outside of my country to experience it.
2. If you could only wear one fashion item for the rest of your life what would it be? My Jean-Paul Gaultier perfume.
3. What made you want to be a designer? I like new and fresh things. Fashion itself is the creation of newness.
4. If you could dress up as anything for Halloween, what would you be? A zombie. I look like a real one by accident anyway.
5. Where do you find inspiration for your collections? I get my inspiration from walking around my neighborhood in Nakano (Tokyo).
6. What do you think about fast-fashion culture? It’s a waste of fabric, that’s what it is.
7. What do you think is the biggest difference between streetwear and high fashion? The biggest difference is the attitude of the people who wear them.
8. What goes through your head when you are taking a bow at the end of the show? I’m thinking, “How far do I really have to walk out onto the runway?!?”
9. Do you read reviews on your own shows? Just … sometimes.
10. If you had to watch one movie for the rest of your life what would it be? That sounds like a pretty terrible thing to have to do!
11. What is your favorite cafe or lunch spot in Tokyo? I’m always somewhere in Nakano.
12. What do you think when you’re standing on the train? I usually play around on my iPhone.
13. If you could design an outfit for anyone in history, who would it be? I would love to have designed the outfit for the first ape in history to have worn clothes.
14. What does the kanji of your first name — 三樹郎 — mean? Does it match your personality? My name Mikio means “three tree man” — I have never thought about that before.
15. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I’d be happily working in a part-time job somewhere.
16. Is there someone you respect the most? Belgian designer “Walter van Beirendonck,” as his collections are always madly creative.
17. If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why? I would be a time traveler. It’s a secret.
18. What is your favorite word or phrase in Japanese? “Maa ne,” or “well, whatever.” I don’t like to make decisions.
19. Do you have any words of advice for young people? Being young or being old isn’t really all that different.
20. Tell us something about yourself that people might not know. I don’t do any research for my designs.
Interview reproduced with permission from Japan Times.
Reiko Kaneko Ltd is a company designing fine bone china in elegant, functional shapes; glassware and terracotta that is beautifully thin and light; and pure white china dipped in rich glazes to produce unique studio pieces. It’s been an interesting journey so far.
After studying design at Central Saint Martins, Reiko started out designing a range of products which she had made around the world but it was the joy of working with ceramicists here in The Potteries, and tapping into over two centuries of knowledge in fine bone china production that led her to concentrate on ceramics and in 2012 move her studio from London to Stoke on Trent.
Reiko spent her childhood in Japan and still makes frequent visits. Japan has not only been an inspiration for the elegant simplicity to which she strives, but the key to her appreciation of craft and craftsmanship. Reiko has collaborated with makers in different materials both in England and in Japan and is right behind the recent renaissance in regional heritage and craft hubs. In addition to design work, the company finishes many products in-house and is experimenting in the studio with new reactive glazes.
Where will this journey take us? The plan for the moment is to be part of a creative community here in Stoke on Trent, to keep pushing our idea of what beauty in ceramics is, and to continue making everyday products that create a bond with the user.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My heart is overcome , but unbowed.
It matters not how strait the gate,
Will never give it up.
Accept my fate without bitterness.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.