Trip to Japan
Tokyo Fashion Week kicks off this week, so we’re celebrating Japanese design with some of Boticca’s emerging designers. HiNGE-Dept. Accessory’s jewelry is inspired by weather in Japan, while Kaleido and Origami’s handbags and jewelry are inspired
by Japanese folding techniques and bang on trend. There’s no denying Japan’s influence on style around the world, from the runways to your wardrobe. Read on to find out how Japan inspires our designers, and where these insiders go for ideas, shopping, and more when they are in Japan.
Arata Fuchi was born in Japan, lives and works in Italy, and uses South Korean techniques to make his jewelry, but he tells us the Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi infuses his work. Wabi-sabi is all about unconventional beauty and transience.
“[It is] the unaffected shape which does not ornament, beauty which oozes from
the inside of an old thing and which is not related to the exterior,”Arata explains. When he lived in Tokyo, Arata frequented the popular neighborhoods Aoyama
and Harajuku, and visited the beautiful Yoyogi Park to relax. But his hometown of Shizuoka is also a must-see, and being away from Japan has given him a fresh perspective on his homeland. “Living overseas, I realize the beauty of Japan
and Japanese sensitivity afresh.”
’Japan is in the heart of our creation,“ Claire Naa says of Origami’s delicate jewelry. ’Japanese style is something trendy, pure, simple.”Origami’s pieces embody Japanese design, so Claire loves to visit Japan for inspiration. “When I am in Tokyo, I like to do window shopping, eat okonomiyaki (the traditional omelet that is difficult to find in France), drink green tea, and walk through streets full of people and shops. I love Hiroshima, where I found a big sculpture of ‘Tsuru,’ the origami bird, symbol of peace!”
Kaleido’s Clothilde Dupont is French, but she has been fascinated by Japanese culture since she was a child. “Traditional Japanese culture is
very rich, and thoroughly modern,”Clothilde explains. “Designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake have always inspired me.
Their creative works are at the border of fashion and art.”Clothilde likes
the contrasts in Tokyo, but Kyoto made a big impression on her. “I really loved this city. It is more calm and traditional, with some people wearing the traditional kimono. Another good place to visit is also the island of Naoshima. It is a paradise of contemporary art.” We wouldn’t be surprised to find one
of Kaleido’s origami-inspired bags in Naoshima – another place to add
to your must-see list.
HiNGE-Dept. Accessory jewelry inspired by nature, but there is
a particularly Japanese angle to this inspiration. Designer Liisa is inspired by shitsudo, the humidity in Japan, because it gives a specific texture
and tone to everything. “Moss and slime mold covers stone walls. [They] have very interesting shapes and colors, and a very strong energy that gives me inspiration.” If you’re heading to Japan, Liisa says the Mori Museum and the Hara Museum in Tokyo are both great places to find inspiration, along with the small galleries in Aoyama and Omotesando.
“The nature in Japan inspires me because there are four distinct seasons,
so there are lots of different colors when I walk in the mountains around Osaka and Kyoto,”Uroco’s UK-based designer Lala says of her home country. Those colors show up in Uroco’s clutches and obis, which are inspired by the vintage kimonos found all over Kyoto. She also loves hanami, the annual celebration
of spring, which is marked with picnics under blooming cherry blossoms – it’s celebrated between March and May, so book your tickets now! When it comes to forward-thinking fashion, no one can quite match the Japanese, and Lala thinks she knows the reason: bravery. “Japanese people are not scared of challenging new styles, and we are always excited to find new things.”