Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lactose Intoler-Art for Parco's "Creators Mansion"

ハッピーニューズ、です!(Lactose Intoler-Art for Japanese Department Store Parco's "Creator's Mansion" project. English Below)
Lactose Intoler-Artは、スタート、販売します!
Hey Kidz!
Excited to FINALLY announce it!
Lactose Intoler-Art will be available at Parco Shibuya and Fukuoka stores as part of a collective group of various designers called "Creator's Mansion."
It begins today and will last until July 9th. (Fukuoka will start on the 20th!)
This time there are a lot of new pieces-Nearly 100 different items divided between the two shop, including accessories, "remake" limited pieces, printed illustration on layering pieces, and new oversized bottoms and new silhouettes as well.
Mixing and mashing up one's style with their own personal interests has always been an exciting element of how I interpret Tokyo Street fashion culture. I encourage those who wear Lactose Intoler-Art to enjoy sharing a bit of their story through mixing their favorite pieces with their own personal style!
In the end-fashion is just fashion.
So relax a little. Have fun, and keep it Dairy Free, y'all

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Lactose Intoler-Art on NHK Kawaii International

I was very excited to be featured on NHK's Internet TV program, "Kawaii International."
This program introduces Kawaii culture to the rest of the world through one of Japan's major TV networks in English. 
For this episode, there was a "Kawaii Leaders Contest," trying to find three "kawaii leaders" from around the world who have something unique and to offer.
Each girl is chosen and is given a challenge in Tokyo, as well as some air time.
A fresh boost for their up and coming careers! 
(Check out the official episode summary on NHK's Kawaii International web site here !)

So where does Lactose Intoler-Art come in?
Katy had followed my work since watching the mini documentary did of my brand (Which you can see HERE .)
As a designer living and working in Tokyo, NHK suggested that Goto-san, the owner Hayatochiri in Koenji give Katy advice on what to create during the challenge.
Lactose Intoler-Art is also stocked at Hayatochiri, so this section of the episode was themed around Katy's passion for making things happen in Japan, and learning tips of the trade from Goto-san and I.
Overall, I was thrilled to get to be a part of it!
If you're ever in Tokyo, be sure to stop by and see Goto-san's shop and say "hi!"

*Best of luck Katy in all that you do! I know you have the potential to go very far! Keep up the creativity!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HEIHEI "I Am Not A Doll" FW15 Collection

I was very excited to take part in a very fun and creative photo shoot for the Japanese brand "HEIHEI's" FW15 collection a few months ago.
Inspired by Tim Burton and handmade construction, this collection features several DIY aesthetics from Ragdolls to Christopher Nemeth esque stitching.
The designer Shohei-san is a leader at incorporating clothing that is both relevant on the streets of Harajuku, as well as staying true to his own personal interests.
The baggy silhouettes, for example are very reflective of his own style as well.
I love that a lot of his clothes are unisex, easily encouraged to be worn in such unique ways.
I think a lot of what gets people excited about the idea of "fashion in Tokyo" is that clothes are reinterpreted and made fresh again. Items that people don't want. These pieces are often taken out of context, and made fresh and new again.
This season, HEIHEI is definitely taking his own twists with very "on-point" textures, colors, and shapes. I'm definitely thrilled to see where this brand will continue to go!

*I want to personally thank for featuring this shoot in video form! You can check it out here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Josiah Chua x Lactose Intoler-Art "Remake" Collection Collaboration

I'm really excited to announce a long awaited collaboration project with designer Josiah Chua!
Josiah and I became friends after I reblogged some pieces from his graduating collection from LaSalle in Singapore on my tumblr years ago.
He and I ended up moving to Tokyo around the same time, and have became really close friends.
The same collection that started our friendship ended up being stocked at DOG in Harajuku, and the main showpiece from the collection was purchased by Lady Gaga later.
In Japan, Josiah and I both went through very similar experiences. We were working with people in the fashion industry, and trying to manage the language and the daily strive that comes with living in Japan.
Being both "outsiders", in a very "insider" scene and culture, we were able to keep each other inspired and encouraged, with the root of our inspiration being the same...Tokyo!
This collection is a collaboration of Josiah's amazing design skills and aesthetic  and a very Lactose Intoler-Art illustration-inspired style..As if my sketchbook came to life in real garments!
Each of the looks consist of several one-off pieces, and will never be reproduced. The exhibition will be the first weekend in March. Please look below for more information! Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu! :)

Josiah Chua x ラクトス コラボレーションコレックション!
When? 3月の6(金)、7(土)、8(日)!(13:30時-21:00時くらい)
。。ぜひぜひ!ラクトスとJosiah Chuaのオリジナルアイテムもあります。よろしく!:)
The long awaited Josiah Chua x Lactose Intoler-Art Collaboration will soon take place!
WHERE? Koenji's Hayatochiri Gallery alongside the Kitakore Building.
WHEN? Fri-Sun, March 6th through 8th (the first weekend in March!) we plan to be there from around 1:30-9:00pm each day!
This will feature a collaborative collection with several unique looks. There will also be original Lactose Intoler-Art and Josiah Chua items avsislvld as well. Come out and support local indie artists in Tokyo! :)
Looking forward to seeing you all there! Special Thank you to our fun model Holly (@lehua__ ) and creative photographer Lenne (@lenneigh for the original non-illustrated photos as well!