For me, the attention to detail in almost everything Japanese people do made me so happy! First, the women in Tokyo are immaculately put together head-to-toe. The attention they put into their outfits make me think they are either born this way or it takes them forever to get ready in the morning. I appreciate detail because of what we do in the studio and I try to pass along my attention to detail to each I meet everyday. But to be in a city of millions who shared the same appreciation, my heart felt full and grateful.
This was just the beginning! Read on to find out more about my textile and fashion finds.
Nippori Textile Town
First, it makes me super jealous that we don't have a textile town in Vancouver. Then I realize, Vancouver does not have the population to hold up an area like this. But....one or two blocks of JUST textile suppliers would be lovely in Vancouver.
Nippori Textile Town is just a 25-minute train commute from Shinjuku Station. Simply having the accessibility to supplies and the variety of textiles makes the design process so much more inspiring.
For those of you planning on going, give yourself at least 1-2 full days in the area and pack an empty suitcase. How amateur was I thinking a duffel was enough?!
The one thing that really stood out were the prints - the Japanese really love their prints! There was animal, floral, geometric, everything! I'm not really a print kind of designer, so this may have contributed to the lack of fabric purchase. A reoccurring print I saw were macarons, which made me hungry more than anything.
Below are the three fabrics that made their way back to Vancouver. All cotton or cotton/silk blends. I foresee a dress out of the floral print and two tops out of the others.
Supplies & Trim
Here are the top three items I had to purchase: hand sewing thread, decorative trim and thread snips that never need to be sharpened! All made in Japan.
Fashion Books & Magazines
It was by complete chance that I found Flying Books in Shibuya, Tokyo. It happen to be in the same building as Postalco, a leather goods designer I was originally checking out.
Fun fact: my fashion design graduation collection was inspired by Japanese kabuki theatre!
During this trip I was inspired in so many ways that I foresee long hours in the studio executing new designs. Below are some of my top inspirations.
Edited by Samantha Quon
Arigatou Gozaimasu and Happy Sewing!
Sheila Wong Studio Team