One of my first lingerie shopping experiences was at Kaori’s Closet Tokyo in NYC. A sweet little boutique on Houston, Kaori’s Closet offered fancifully-decorated Japanese lingerie, otherwise unavailable in the US, and pretty loungewear from international indie lines. With bras covered in engineered floral embroidery, 3D lace appliques, textured elastics, and perfectly-placed rhinestones, the shop was overtly girly and definitely over the top.
I went on a fashion expedition to Japan this spring seeking inspiration. As a fashion designer, I try to balance the inward-looking process of coming up with new designs against the eyes-wide-open search for inspiration. Japan was an exciting place to visit on this kind of trip. Just putting myself bodily in such a far-away place made me open my senses to the beauty and aesthetic possibilities of things natural […]