Behind the Label | Chako

Fusako Nakanishi and Kazumi Lomri are the Hong Kong and Paris-based mother and daughter team behind Chako, a unique bag line crafted from repurposed obi silks and kimono fabrics. This globetrotting duo blends the culturally rich flavors of both Paris and Asia to create a truly East/West-inspired collection. L-atitude caught up with Kazumi to learn about some of her favorite exotic destinations and the motivations behind her treasured line.

Fusako Nakanishi and Kazumi Lomri are the Hong Kong and Paris-based mother and daughter team behind Chako, a unique bag line crafted from repurposed obi silks and kimono fabrics. This globetrotting duo blends the culturally rich flavors of both Paris and Asia to create a truly East/West-inspired collection. L-atitude caught up with Kazumi to learn about some of her favorite exotic destinations and the motivations behind her treasured line.

 


 
1) What is the overall style of the collection?
Timeless, versatile and most importantly one of a kind!
 

 
2) What encouraged you to start your own line and how did you go about doing so?
It all began one summer, when I asked my talented mother for a small favor: to make a handbag out of a silk obi that I found in an antique market in Tokyo. After I moved to Hong Kong in 2002, I was inspired to pursue the venture seriously with the encouragements of my friends whom were putting in orders. The entrepreneurial environment in Hong Kong also helped.
 

 
3) Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
We find our inspirations from our travels, nature, our fabric collection, and my grandmother?s handbag collection.
 

 
4) What do you find the most inspiring destination in the world?
I would say Kyoto for its tradition, craftsmanship, cuisine, gorgeous historical buildings and nature surrounding the city. Spring and fall are especially beautiful. Rajasthan, India also blew me away with all the vibrant colors everywhere.
 

 
5) What is your own personal style?
Casual chic with a hint of bright color and some timeless pieces.
 

 
6) What is your favorite find from your travels?
Oh, I have too many! But the best find I would say is the photograph I got in Hanoi at this hole in a wall art gallery. It is a 2 meter-long panoramic picture of the street of Hanoi at night by a Vietnamese photographer. Hanoi is a special place for my husband and I, as that is where we fell in love?I bought the photograph during this trip. Now our 2 month old daughter loves to stare at it. One day, I hope we can take her there!
 

 
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