Profile &Mission

I took a course on Japanese embroidery at Joshibi University of Art and Design. Japanese embroidery is used for kimonos and obis. However, it was difficult to find a job, so I chose design as my selection.

My mother was a kimono teacher, and students came to my house from a young age. When I saw women dressed in Western clothes and Japanese clothes, I was moved by the change in the beauty of women in Japanese clothes.

But I hated wearing kimono. The reason is that it takes a lot of time to put on a kimono, and it takes a lot of time to wear it. After wearing it again, it is very painful.

Therefore, I thought it would be nice to have an easy-to-wear kimono, so I made an easy-to-wear kimono and obi.

It is said that less than 5% of people can wear Japanese kimono. Therefore, antique kimonos are disposed of as garbage except for very good kimonos. It's not good for the environment.

There are other problems besides the lack of people who can wear kimono. It means that the size of the kimono is small because the old Japanese were small.

When you wear a kimono in the usual way, fold the part called "ohashiyori". By making it separate, we eliminated the folding part and improved it so that even tall people can wear the antique kimono.

Also, I buy kimonos from acquaintances. An acquaintance of mine is helping with the collection of disused items at facilities for the disabled. Wages at facilities for the disabled are cheap, and when I buy kimonos and kimono-related items, the wages for the facility for the disabled rise.

Recently, Japanese people are particular about wearing kimono collars neatly, and they have made improvements to make kimonos that even Japanese people can be satisfied with.

Postpartum depression and COVID-19 overlapped, and I was depressed mentally, but I was saved by the customer saying that the experience was "fun."

I want to see the smiles of customers in the future, so I will do my best.

Mio Murakata