Akiko’s influences range from Bauhaus to David Bowie, and current artists like Sterling Ruby and Karla Black, and they all have found their way into the creation of her work as much as her residencies in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. “I am inspired by sounds that I hear, simple moments that reveal new poetry, etc. but mostly by the artistic spirit of confident women. They complete the garment, they give it life.”
She has collaborated with the fashion designer Paloma Wool in Barcelona, Maman NYC, Chillhouse, Departamento LA; and has created works for Virgil Normal, Seldom Seen, 97 Crosby, White is Good Beijing, Voyager SF and LA and Steven Alan in the US.