KEIKO NISHIYAMA

PEOPLEText: Mike Sullivan

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Your overall concept is described as ‘traditional European styles and art, with Japanese energy,’ can you tell us more about this?

My fundamental inspiration comes from the previously mentioned “cabinet of curiosity” which is the origin of museums today. I am keen about culture and the enthusiasm to collect things. This is a very individual culture and contrivance in the UK and Europe. But also as a Japanese designer, I would like to put my essence and aesthetic using Japanese technology and craftsmanship. 

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Recently you have designed for Fitflop, how did this collaboration come about?

I was really lucky and happy to work as a textile designer with Fitflop after my graduation. It was the best experience that I have ever had as a designer and it has been selling all over the world. I have seen some products that were sold out in some online shops. I would really love to come across someone wearing my designed Fitflop product in the street someday. 

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Do you have any other collaborations or projects coming up? What can we look forward to seeing in 2015?

Now I am collaborating with a French new maternity fashion company. It has also been a great experience that I have never worked in that field before.
I am very excited that my collaboration products are coming up soon in the future.

Text: Mike Sullivan

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