Yuka's path to design was unconventional, she started by studying world literature, poetry, and philosophy in Japan, developing a sensibility for beauty which ranged from the sun-bleached hemp garments of Japan’s Edo Period, to the films of the French New Wave. It wasn’t until she moved from Japan to Los Angeles that she realized that her interests could be expressed in the form of textiles. Through a process of closely “reading” the materiality and history of particular fabrics, she learned to create garments that developed from the weave and feel of the material itself.
It is vitally important to Yuka that the artisans she works with maintain their own creative agency. Her design process is informed by a willingness to learn from those who have inherited a deep cultural understanding of the materials they work with, and Yuka’s designs are her way of sensitively interpreting those multi-layered stories.