Yuki Fujisawa doesn’t see herself as a fashion designer but more so a textile designer.
The Tokyo designer sources vintage and second hand clothing and fixes them with dyes and foils to add her own personal touch to each piece.
Learning her trade at the Tama Art University in Japan, she admits to SBS, “while I was interested in clothes, I was weak in sewing, so I tried to think how I could make clothes without sewing. I worked out that second-hand clothes are better for me!”
Fujisawa's process for repairing the clothes involves sourcing the pieces from Japan and abroad, spending time working out what technique and colour will fit, checking the damages, dying and printing the foil and then applying the materials to the clothing.
“I’m a creator, finding the new worth from old things,” she says. “I find inspiration from everything in my life - communicating with friends, the streets of Tokyo, food, nature, Internet surfing.”
And that’s not all, she also likes to create original pieces which are just as delightful as her clothing, “I’m not only using vintage. I create new things."
Some quotes have been edited for clarity.