Hiroko Hatano-Henry

Born in 1969, Kurashiki, Okayama.

 

After I graduated from the Vantan Fashion Institute, I started working as a Fashion Designer and I dealt with fashion such as Women’s wear, street wear, swimsuits, Beach casual wear, Sunglasses, bags and I also designed for Japanese “Office Ladies”. In 2006 I started working as a freelance Fashion Designer.  2012 was a turning point in my life. I began to study about the Japanese kimono.

 

Wearing a Japanese kimono was part of my hobby and I have always wanted to take it seriously. In 2013 I got both licenses as a certified Kimono Dresser and as a Kimono Consultant. Besides working on my bag designs, I started dressing people in Kimonos, working as a stylist, and my job has expanded to teaching people how to wear a Japanese kimono.

 

The Japanese traditional kimono is one of the top three most recognized traditional costumes in the world. It is not solely an outfit for Japanese to wear, this traditional costume is for anyone who wants to wear it anytime anywhere.

 

” It is my hope that people from all over the world can enjoy wearing a Japanese Kimono whatever the occasion calls for.  I believe that will help to spread our beautiful cultural outfit to the world and we will not lose this part of our culture. 

            

Hiroko Hatano-Henry

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Photographer, Tastemaker, Cultural & Culinary Ambassador

 

Managing partner, photographer and lead Creative Director for “musuhi” working along with my wife who is also a Creative Director and Kimono Stylist.

 

I connect creative ideas and marketing opportunities for richer consumer experiences.  I have directed and delivered numerous creative endeavors across the diverse settings of storytelling, dining, leisure, travel, tourism and hospitality.

 

I began my professional career in the fashion world of New York City covering design, pattern-grading and pattern-making.   This included opening a small fashion boutique in the early 1990s focused on a niche in emerging styles at 503 Broadway after graduating the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

 

My experiences in retail have been invaluable for discerning evolving consumer tastes and nascent business opportunities with the chance for substantial growth.

 

Photography, video and cinematography have also been a creative passion.  I cofounded a video and filming studio working with various production companies on the East Coast during the late 1990s.  That grew into an experience working on other side of the camera as a cohost for a TV show in Tokyo with one of the members from Speed in the early 2000s.

 

Bringing encompassing lifestyle experiences to the public has always been an interest and I’ve pursued that again commercially after a brief return from Japan with a lounge in Brooklyn, New York.

 

I continued to leverage my experiences in the food industry when returning to Japan with a Caribbean-themed restaurant opened with my wife in Shinbashi, Tokyo during the late 2000s.  Our restaurant became the #1 listed establishment for South American food among Tabelog.  It further earned a Gold Crown and was repeatedly listed in the top 1% of their site.