Meet the Vendor: uzura
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Shino Mikami. I run uzura and do all of the artwork and screen-printing myself, offering a line of women’s apparel and men’s t-shirts in hemp & organic cotton, plus hemp bags. For my designs, I’ve taken my love of Pacific Northwest nature and combined it with my commitment to sustainable living — plus a hint of Japanese aesthetics as well.
What was your first memory of making something?
Growing up in Japan, I appreciated things my parents made by hand from a young age. I especially enjoyed sewing when I was in elementary school and used to make drawstring bags with hand-stitched appliqué on them.
What is your favorite new product for 2016?
My favorite for 2016 are the eco jersey skirts. They’re the perfect length, and I love their shape too. I chose my new feather design for them, which gives them special character and makes them stand out from ordinary skirts. They make a great addition to summer closets!
How did you get started in your business?
Although I enjoyed sewing as a teenager, I hadn’t done it for quite a while until a friend asked me to help sew for a trunk show about ten years ago. I didn’t have any professional experience but decided to join in anyway, and that brought back nice memories from the past. From that, I started to get into sewing again. Formerly a graphic designer, I started using my creativity to make new designs for fun. I taught myself to screen-print, started making my own shirts & bags and have now been able to turn uzura into a full-time profession.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
The number one thing is my commitment to making eco-sustainable products. They love the soft feel of my shirts, particularly the ones in organic cotton, and I often get comments that the simplicity of my designs and color combinations makes my designs stand out.
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