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Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Ayano had been exposed the art of balancing – modern and historical, and western and eastern – since early childhood. She developed her love for textiles, colors and prints through kimono, and under the great influence of her grandparents, she also developed a love for foreign cultures, fashion, film and music.


A strong interest in outside world led Ayano to the United States, and she ended up spending more than half of her 20s there. She decided to study Psychology because she was always curious about how human beings – including herself – feel and think. That curiosity was deeply rooted in her childhood, years later becoming a center of her design theme. After earning B.A. from Amherst College, she began working at a marketing agency. She consulted for various clients in beauty industry, such as L’Ore al, Shiseido, and bareMinerals, about their brand storytelling.


As working on those projects, Ayano began to wish to create something that she could give her own story. It was her mother who encouraged her to pursue what she was most passionate about – fashion. She went on to study fashion design at Parsons School of Design in New York.


During her last year of school, Ayano was selected as a finalist in a lingerie contest, “Mosaic Vision.” After graduation, she started working for a luxury lingerie brand, Natori, which is best known for its exquisite hand feel and elegant and vibrant prints. She continues to explore ways to communicate her view towards life in fashion design.


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