PHOTOGRAPHY AMY TROOST
STYLIST TOM VAN DORPE
Place of birth: Fukuoka, Japan
Place of current residence: Tokyo
What inspired you to pursue fashion?
The biggest influence I have received is from Ms. Kawakubo and Mr. Watanabe of Comme des Garçons. I think I am deeply influenced by them in the core of my inner foundation. When I was a teenager, I was wondering if I wanted to become a painter or make music, but then, when I watched Kawakubo’s collection and then later Watanabe’s, I was shocked for the first time in my life by clothes. I was moved. I had always liked clothes, but that experience made me actually want to take up a challenge in fashion for the first time.
Where do you find confidence in this very competitive industry?
I have a sense of crisis, much stronger than confidence. All I can do is to try and work hard every day, no matter what.
How would you define the current state of menswear? Where is it headed, where is it coming from?
I feel some traditional taste and eccentricity are in parallel, and sometimes they mix. That’s something I feel both from the designers and the street.
How have you witnessed social media and digital communication alter the way the fashion industry works?
They are changing fashion in both good and bad senses. I believe I must be flexible about it and make the change a positive one for me.
What inspired your collection for Spring?
Life until now and the life that is yet to come.
Give us a hint as to what’s inspiring your next (Fall) collection.
The way Ms. Kawakubo’s and Mr. Watanabe’s work inspires me. My friends who work hard also inspire me. Meetings with the show director and the hair and makeup artists inspire me too.
Hair Dennis Gots (Jed Root) Grooming Benjamin Puckey (D+V Management) Model Mathias Lauridsen (IMG) Digital TECHNICIAN Denis Vlaso Photo assistants Aaron Thomas and Marek Berry Stylist assistant Carrie Weidner Location Splashlight