The Legend of Jim Thompson

A few weeks ago I found this little bag in a second hand store that I really like and get lost in. The name tag made me buy it and it’s worth to tell the story about the man, who designed it:

The ones of you who travelled to Thailand, Bangkok: do you know the legend of Jim Thompson?  He was an American Architect, Designer and Businessman, who helped revitalise the Silk Industry in Thailand. After years in the army he went to Thailand in late 1946 to join a group of investors to buy the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. During this time he found a deep interest in silk.

Thai Silk that was until then mostly produced in family businesses, for private use and in a small scale. Thompson helped to build up  a manufacture, the Thai Silk Company Limited and made Thai Silk world famous and precious.

Then suddenly he got missing in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands in 1967. His body was never found and nobody had an idea why  and how he disappeared. The mystery about his disappearance is unclear until today and there are many legends around it. Maybe he got eaten by a tiger, he got lost in the highlands, was murdered or he disappeared into another life and identity.

Most likely we will never know, but if you are in Bangkok, visit his Silk Museum and the Thompson House.

More to read on Wikipedia life of Jim Thompson



From the Trousers to the Cushion

Once upon a time there was a pair of trousers. They were 15 years old, to worn out to still function as a garment, but too nice to be thrown out…. A brave tailor came along, cut them up and transformed them in a great cushion cover! Love upcycling!

No Tailoring for the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020

Ready – Set – Tokyo will not happen this year. The Corona Virus has held the world in states of emergency and LUCKILY many athletes expressed their opinion clearly that they DONT even want to participate in the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 under these circumstances.

Finally on March 24th the Olympic Committee and Japan’s President Abe announced that the Games will be postponed to 2021.

I was especially involved in these news.  In October 2018  the Paralympic Team of Australia contacted me that they need a tailor for their athletes. I was supposed to re-tailor and adjust uniforms, tricots and sports suits, working with them in the Training Camp in Kobe and in the Olympic Village in Tokyo.

Let’s hope for the Olympics and Paralympics in 2021 or even 2022! I’ll be there 😉

Ready – Set – Tailoring!!

We are in Vogue UK!!

We are in Vogue UK!!
My client Bunny&Hare from LA has just been selected to show her collection in Vogue UK!! I did the pattern creation and the tailoring for all pieces. It’s huge success for Bunny&Hare to be exposed in Vogue and it’s a huge success for me as a pattern maker and tailor to be part of this. We are THRILLED!


Here is our Book!!

An amazing woman, 87 today, almost 55 years in fashion and countless stories to tell – Yumi Katsura! She is one of Japans most influential fashion designers and an icon in the bridal world. Last year she decided to select 7 international women to write a book about her – and I was one of them. We wrote a book about her dresses, her inspiration and her strong path to be the first bridal dress designer in Japan.

It was breathtaking to listen to her stories and now it’s all in the book for sale, for all of you!

A collaboration project of Savvy3 and the authors Sarah Oba, Kristin Newton, Dr. Sheila Cliff , Misao Ito, Mary Fidler, Melanie Uematsu and Wedda. Published by Creek & River Co., Ltd.

A Homage to Coco Chanel

Being out with my friend in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, I found this lovely hair salon called Coco Design. The shop has a little corner as an entrance and an artist painted a picture of a lady like Coco Chanel, sitting on the little bench on a leisure afternoon. A really cute and stylish idea and a wonderful homage to the legendary Coco Chanel.

Try to find it here: 〒135-0023 Tokyo, Koto-ku, Hirano 1-7-3. Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station exit A3.

New CAD Printer installed!

Hi everyone –  I have a new friend!!

He’s 45kg heavy, needed a new shelf in my atelier, is called HP Design Jet 500 and will print original sized tailoring patterns.

The perfect partner for my brand-new CAD software which helps me creating your customised patterns.

I’m set!! And happy!