Fashion as Self-Expression: Do It Yourself

April 6, 2017

Meet Emiko.  


I met Emiko at The Girl Mob's Clothing Swap event where she showed out in this edgy fit. Wanting to pay homage to The Girl Mob's goal of empowering women of color, her style is emblematic of some of the most significant styles created by women of color, such as the ripped jeans with fishnets. One thing that women of color are renowned  for is their  ability to innovate. Emiko's style  highlights this by her DIY oufit, the self-deconstructed jeans and t-shirt, and refashioned beret with the grommets.  

"I am from Japan where fashion has played a part in my daily life from traditional clothing to street fashion. My daily ensemble...reflects my style that was learned from my days of living in Tokyo". A big fan of vintage, Emiko has her own company of vintage style accessories called Arrows N' Hearts Vintage Construkt


Emiko's inspiration for her style comes from the 80's, 90's and the street style from cultural hubs in New York City, like Brooklyn and Harlem. She also says "It gives me a great sense of pride to represent the tremendous different styles that have come out of Japan street fashion."

One item that is significant to her culture that she wears everyday are her Juzu beads, or Buddhist prayer beads. Passed down from her grandmother to her mother, then to her as a child, she wears them everyday " for protection, success, health and peace."


 You can follow Emiko's brand on Instagram @anh_vintage and shop at


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