Atelier Delphine was born in March 2011 out of a desire to craft romantic loungewear for the modern woman. A life-long lover of beautiful things and meticulous workmanship, designer Yuka Izutsu finds inspiration in both on-screen cinema sirens and the every-day bombshells. Executed in muted colors and the highest quality fabrics, Delphine’s pieces are meant to serve as a sanctuary from trend-driven, fast fashion.
We asked Yuka about her work and inspirations.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I am originally from Japan, studied literature and philosophy in an all-women school, having a part time job at Jill Stuart. After I came here, I went to FIDM and Art Center for fine art. I was doing painting and sculpture, and really, really LOVED it and I saw myself using a lot of fabrics into sculpture and at the same time I started working as a fashion designer’s assistant to make money for tuition, and I quit school and started my own brand.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
I strongly think so – my work (as stated on my instagram too) concept is Southern California weather / life meets Japanese fabrics. So relaxed fit, breezy fabrics, and you feel like its a pajama, but you don’t look like it. My favorite style is pajama style. Only Californian makes it “stylish,” not New Yorker.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Flowers, great light, BZippy’s vases.