STUDIO VISIT: Momo Suzuki of Black Crane

Company: Black Crane

Artist: Momo Suzuki

 

Designer Momo Suzuki and Director Alexander Yamaguchi have been at the EPCF almost since the beginning. They are as lovely and elegant as their collections and we’re always delighted to have them back.

Black Crane believes that clothes are tools of living. They should be comfortable, relaxing and useful in your daily life. Their design concept is to create clothes as a sense of the closet extension which reflect your lifestyle. Focusing on a silhouette that complements supple lines and comfort as a simple cloth for the body which can be transformed into your clothes with your personality suddenly emerges once you put them on. They are committed to making everything in Los Angeles.

We were honored to visit Momo in the studio and photograph her wearing some of her beautiful garments, accessorized with jewelry by Hannah K, and shoes and jewelry by Beatrice Valenzuela. Follow the links at the bottom to shop Momo’s look.

 

Momo Suzuki Black Crane designer

Tell us about your current collection?

A celebration of effortless elegance with the elements of comfort, practical and minimal.

 

How long have you been participating in the Echo Park Craft Fair? Have you noticed any changes over the time you have been visiting or selling at the fair?

It’s been nine years since my first participation in the EPCF, which was held in Rachel’s yard. Energy for the people and by the people got bigger every time, and I believe this is the beauty of the EPCF.

 

What does it mean to you to be part of the Echo Park Craft Fair?

Unconditional, refreshing feeling to meet the people you respect and love.

 

Has the EPCF been important to your creative and business growth?

Absolutely! Direct feedback and criticism (sometimes) from our customer at the Fair is full of creative influence.

 

Black Crane studio interior

Black Crane Momo Suzuki

designer Momo Suzuki

The ethics of production in fashion are on our minds a lot recently – questions of sustainability, fair labor, location, and artistic integrity. How do these concepts come in to play in your craft and your business?  What choices do you make that take into account these ideas?

The clothing industry is one of the world’s largest polluters and our goal is to create a system for limiting our impact on our environment.
That is why we dedicated to limiting our production by doing only 2 seasons annually and manufactures all of our product in Los Angeles since
2009 with the same factory almost 10 years which has focused on worker’s condition and rights.
For quality control purpose, I do 100% of all my production as well.
For garment dye, we use low-impact dye which means a hight than average absorption rate, meaning less water is required in the rinse process and less dye runs off in the water.
Also Low-impact dyes do not contain heavy metals (copper, zinc and chrome), nor do they require toxic chemical mordants to fix them to the fiber.
It’s really hard to understand to accept current fashion industry pace with chasing the trend.
I believe there should be no expiration for the garments if we create something timeless and we are limiting to create a new style each season, and the rest of the line is our basic which we produce every season.

 

Momo Suzuki in Black Crane studio Black Crane ss19 dress

Black Crane designer Momo Suzuki

Website: blackcrane.net

Instagram: @black_crane

Photos: Pavielle Garcia

 

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