Fumiko Kawa is a Malaysian-Chinese who works as an Independent Fashion Designer, Stylist and blogger.
She has always wanted to become a fashion designer who could contribute to the fashion world and have her designs seen on the runways of London, Paris, Milan and New York.
Her personal goal is to show at Japan Fashion Week (JFW) / TGC (Tokyo Girls Collection). She loves Japanese fashion, culture and values and applies it to her fashion designs.
Her passion has driven her to make a name for herself in the fashion world. She loves to learn anything about fashion.
Her first step was buying her first sewing machine to redesign and create fashion pieces on her own…
Fumiko does not know when she will reach her goal, but she knows she is one step closer.
“A dream will always just be a dream if you never take the first step…
Your attitude will determine your creation…”
– Fumiko Kawa
Asiance: Fumiko, it is a pleasure to meet you. When did you first begin to be interested in fashion?
Fumiko: The first moment I fell in love with fashion was there was always so much creativity you could see on the streets.. DIY, mix and match, creative ways of styling and more.
Asiance: What is your favorite style of clothing to wear yourself?
Fumiko: Layering in a minimalistic concept. Casual cool yet girly. Yet, it keeps a creative Japanese street style.
Asiance: Who are the designers that you are influenced by or you admire?
Fumiko: I don’t tend to any fashion style or icon. I don’t want to limit myself for any inspiration. I could get inspired by a song, a movie, a fabric, a design or even a smile. Fashion is everywhere, and I like the spirits I do in fashion. I could be inspired by any great designers, design and the spirit behind the design.
Asiance: Can you tell us a little about your latest projects?
Fumiko: I’m preparing a collection for a fashion design competition in the coming year. It’s about denim. I combine different kinds of fabric with denim to create a more refreshing, yet unique piece, which meets with my theme.. and brings out the meticulousness of the denim too.
Asiance: What is it that you admire about Japan and its culture?
Fumiko: Creativity and freedom. I don’t tend to limit myself for a certain style. I would love to try any fashion style which could create something interesting and new in mix and match. Different kinds of style and look, but with the spirit of creativity and freedom… Just like Japan street style.
Asiance: Where do you hope to be in five years?
Fumiko: I plan to further my studies in fashion design in the coming year. I’m considering between the UK and Japan, so I think I will probably there.