Ever since I was young, growing up in the Midwest, my friends wondered why I was obsessed with Asian art and design. I couldn’t really explain it then and I still not sure what the original influence was. I do know that now I am intrigued and inspired by Japan.
I went to Tokyo for Spring break a few years ago and the reality of the city exceeded my fantasy. People were friendly and polite. It was clean and convenient. And, it was full of art, style, history, and imagination.
When I am choosing fabric combinations or designing patterns for my bags I try to think about the aesthetics in Japanese design. I love their combination of historic and futuristic, natural and urban, cute (kawaii) and elegant. I love their fabrics and accessories such as zippers and trims.
There are a variety of other influences that I work into my designs but I hope the Japanese inspirations shine through.