tFs caught-up with kapow wow designer Mia Morikawa to see how the designer got her start creating her intricately handcrafted neckwear, where exactly her label’s name came from, and more…
Q: How did your line come about?
A: I sort of stumbled into it. I was half heartedly studying graphic design – didn’t have a clue about what I wanted to do with my life and was occasionally making accessories for myself and friends. More and more friends started making orders and so from there I developed the confidence to turn semi pro and started selling in local boutiques.
Q: Where did the name kapow wow stem from?
A: Well, I knew straight away that I wasn’t going name my label ‘Mia Morikawa’ because I though that would somehow be weird in the same way that talking about yourself in the third person is. I mean, I might have done that if I had the fortune of being born with a really chic name like Coco Chanel or Yves St. Laurent, but I didn’t, so that was out of the question. When naming a personal project you want to come up with something appropriate and original…KAPOW WOW is sort of comic book onomatopoeia. I thought it would be a relevant name for high impact party wear.
Q: What was the first piece you designed ?
A: A white ruffled neckpiece for myself.
Q: How would describe your line?
A: Handcrafted neckwear made with lots of love!
Q: How would you describe your clientele?
A: Warriors of beauty!
Q: How do you pick the materials that you are going to work with?
A: With tender loving care.
Q: What’s your favorite piece in the collection?
A: Ruffles and various other textile construction techniques mixed with flea market buttons/charms in a medallion form fitted on a gold chain. Granny bling in the house!
Q: Any suggestions for aspiring designers?
A: If you make something you love, other people will love it too!