ARTIST INTERVIEW: Momoko Suzuki and Alexander Yamaguchi of Black Crane
Black Crane is a brand by Alexander Yamaguchi and Momoko Suzuki. It represents pure deep black as Alexander and Momoko are deeply interested in their Japanese roots as well as ancient Japanese culture and civilization. Focusing on a silhouette that complements supple lines and comfort, their collection is characterized as minimal and edgy.
As Alexander and Momoko also consider environmental issues seriously, all production process take place locally in Los Angeles and using low impact garment dye method. Black Crane’s designer, Alexander Yamaguchi, is skilled in silkscreen printing and patterning and also has his own eponymous brand. With Momoko’s background in environmental art and architecture, they influence each other and reflect their inspiration in their design aesthetic. We spoke to Momoko about her background and inspirations.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I was born and raised in Tokyo until 14, then decided to relocate to Los Angeles since my father was transferred to Los Angeles for his business. I studied environmental arts and worked at architecture firm for while. I believe clothing is the most smallest and closest housing for body requires unconscious comfort.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
Absolutely. My creation is reflection of my life style. California is an easy, real and joyful place and my design aesthetics are alight with it.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Positive vibes, light, and communication.