amelian’s cross-cultural pursuit of style is rooted in the skills of her seamstress mother yoko who is currently a successful head tailor. she endowed her daughter with knowledge of fabric quality, garment construction and fine tailoring as a youth. this expanded her interests in style as yoko showed her and her 3 sisters how to make and alter anything from the thrift or clearance rack as an ingenious way to stay on trend. her father leonard, exposed her to his eclectic sense of style, sporting athletic wear such as oakland athletics jerseys to batik prints he acquired from trips to zaire now the republic of congo. her admiration of his distressed work wear he wore with pride – carhartt coats and pants with various paint stains, levi’s denim with wear and tear while growing up in anchorage, alaska and her mother's pristine style rooted from growing up in tokyo, japan and professional eye/ career in tailoring high end fashion brands, love and respect for beautifully made designer wear resonates in her love for mixing flawed pieces, the cultural perpetuation style over fashion.
written by tierney finster