We are excited to announce our collaboration with NYC designer and friend Tsuyumi Kumazaki. We met Tsuyumi several years ago at a trade show and she has never ceased to impress us with her style, grace, and a sincere dedication to her craft. Her self-titled brand, TSUYUMI, is a collection of meticulously crafted woven and knit hats. Her hats have a unique, modern shape yet fit well and incorporate playful craft details. She hand makes each and every piece herself in her Manhattan studio.
Tsuyumi was raised in Japan. Around the age of 15, her father told her that her mother’s dream was to become a fashion designer; a dream she gave up to marry him and move to his hometown deep in the countryside. Tsuyumi used this as a prompt to fulfill her mother’s dream, an area of interest she was already passionate about. After graduating from Bunka Fashion College in Japan, Tsuyumi worked as an apparel designer for a company in Tokyo, designing women’s sweaters, shirts, bags, shoes, and hats. She is also the recipient of the gold medal in the 13th Annual Lumine Fashion Design Prize.
After moving to New York, primarily to learn English, she continued making clothes, bags, and hats for herself and friends. Her kindness paid off. One of her friends happened to show her hat to an owner of a showroom and suddenly, Tsuyumi had a sales agent. In Fall/Winter 2005, she made a small collection of hats, showed them to a few stores, and landed orders from nationally acclaimed stores like Bird and Steven Alan.
Our limited release features 3 of her most popular Spring 14 styles constructed of waxed cotton (this is the first time she's worked with the material) paired our navy tick cotton fabric for the lining. These pieces are exclusive to our flagship store and website and are available in limited quantities.