Ayano Takami is a fashion designer based in New York.
Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, I have been exposed to the art of balancing – modern and historical, Western and Eastern – since early childhood. I developed my love for textiles, colors and prints through kimono, and under the great influence of my grandparents, I also developed a love for foreign cultures, fashion, film, and music.
A strong interest in the world beyond Japan led me to the United States, and I ended up spending more than half of my twenties here. I decided to study psychology because I have always been curious about how human beings – including myself – feel and think. It is a deep-seated curiosity that is now at the center of my designs. After earning a B.A. from Amherst College, in Massachusetts, I worked at a marketing agency helping various clients in the beauty industry, such as L’Oreal, Shiseido, and bareMinerals, improve their brand storytelling.
But I also wanted to tell my own story, and it was my mother who encouraged me to pursue what I was most passionate about – fashion. I went on to study fashion design at Parsons School of Design in New York.
In my last year at Parsons, I was selected as a finalist in a lingerie contest, “Mosaic Vision.” Since graduation, I have worked for the luxury lingerie brand Natori, best known for its exquisite quality and elegant and vibrant prints, and am thrilled to be closer to communicating my view of life through fashion design with the world.
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