July 1, 2015 by Ville Raivio
VR: Your age and occupation?
DY: 37 years old, occupation is actor.
VR: Your educational background?
DY: Kokugakuin University’s Department of Literature with a Japanese Literature concentration. I have not gone to school for shoes and clothes. I learn about shoes and clothing by talking to artisans and reading books. In other words, it’s self-education.
VR: Have you any children or spouse (and how do they relate to your style
enthusiasm)? How about your parents and siblings’ reactions back when you were young?
DY: I’m single. Because my mother wanted to be a fashion designer before, she learned pattern making and design, and she had been particular with clothes, design, coloring. I think it impacted me.
Norwegian styling from Foster&Son
VR: How did you first become interested in clothes, and when did you turn your
eyes towards handmade items? Why classics instead of fashion?
DY: Again, it’s my mother’s influence. And, Because I was a child actor before, I have appeared on TV programs. So my mother needed to regard to my fashion sense. When I was 11 years old, I quit acting for a while. However, I continued to have an interest for fashion. And, when I was 17 years old, I knew Alden from Japanese fashion magazines. I awaked to classic fashion at that time. I bought Aldens the first time at the age of 21-year-old. I cannot forget the impression at that time. However, I like classic fashion as much as all fashion.
That very first pair of well-made shoes: the Alden loafer
VR: How have you gathered your knowledge of apparel — from books, in-house training, workshops or somewhere else?
DY: Yes, books, in-house training, and hearing from artisans.
VR: How would you describe your own dress?
DY: Just wearing the clothes that I liked.
The unique rock walls of Inishmaan
VR: Which RTW makers and tailors do you favour?
DY: I favour tailors above readymade.
VR: Who or what inspires you?
Austrian shoemaking by Georg Materna
VR: What is your definition of style?
DY: Whether it fits my sensibility. My favorite is elegant, chic, simple, slightly cute, etc., very many styles. And, I think a sense of fun is important.
VR: You have travelled all over the world to meet clothes makers in many cities.
When did you begin this journey, and what is your motivation?
DY: The start of the journey is September 11, 2014. And the finish goal date is June 12, 2015. Wonderful handmade goods have craftsmanship and imagination and device. I want to know these. In other words, the thirst for knowledge and curiosity is my motivation.
VR: What other hobbies or passions do you have besides apparel?
DY: Watching baseball (Yomiuri Giants fan), comics, food and beverage,
coffee (handdrip filter coffee). Recently, I’ve begun to like sake (Japanese liquor). And, of course, my best favorite is acting!
VR: Over the years you must have learned quite a bit about artisans all over the
world. What sort of people are best suited to artisanal jobs?
DY: People of strong decisiveness, not indecisive, and not nervous.
Photos: Daisuke Yamashita