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Keisuke Nagami

Keisuke Nagami

HATRA

Keisuke Nagami was born in Hiroshima in 1987. He joined Paris Exchange Course of ESMOD Tokyo in 2005 and pursue his studies in ESMOD Paris in the next year. In 2008, he got the grand prix of “Dinard International Festival for Young Fashion Designers ”.
After graduating from ESMOD Paris with a master’s degree in 2009, he sold his graduate collections in a multi-brand shop in Shibuya, which served him as a step to launch HATRA in 2010.
By focusing on “comfortable clothing” and “room”, he thinks about creating clothing which go with environments which were born through Internet.

What made you wish to join ESMOD?
when I was a high school student and started to wish to work for fashion, I have already decided to go to France without reasons before choosing a school to enter. I didn’t know what I want to study and even what I want to be, so ESMOD fascinated me as a school where I can start my study from learning basics in a small class.
In third year high school summer vacation, I joined a trial class of ESMOD, and I get friends with other participants there who pursued their studies in ESMOD Paris with me afterward. We are still contacting each other after coming back to japan. As I was a lonely applicant in a provincial city who wish to work in the fashion industry, getting friends with people who are more motivated than me was already a nice experience.
What did you acquire in ESMOD? How did it influence you?
Goto, a freshman teacher at that time, taught me thoroughly the best attitude toward clothing, which means being respectful toward works. He taught me not only sewing, but how to touch fabric, how to use tools, good communication, and all the process to which we have to pay attention, because all of them consist of my creation which keeps being important however it is poor.
The one year in ESMOD TOKYO greatly nurtured my responsibility for creation, and it is still encouraging my creation.
What did you learn in ESMOD Paris?
Internship is integrated in second year curriculum of ESMOD Paris. Students search for the company by writing letters and contacting it, and that was a good experience.
We can feel that the entire city is supporting fashion culture by its atmosphere, and I think students were in closer contact with the industry than in Japan.
Perhaps that’s why I didn’t regard being student as being immature, but as having unique advantages to be confident of my creation.
Creative competitions such as those of Hyère and ITS were familiar to me and that was also a good inspiration.
I majored in patternmaking in Paris second year, then in nouvelle couture in third year and graduated from ESMOD Paris. I majored in patternmaking in fourth year master course.
In the master course, modelism teachers were different every day and I learnt draping under these experts who have a long career in famous fashion houses. I was engaged in making toiles everyday by using many calicoes.
Please tell us your activities after coming back to Japan.
Just after coming back to Japan, I thankfully got a chance to sell my graduation collections at a multi-brands shop and that required me to establish a label. That marks the gradual start of HATRA.
Then I built up gradually my concept “Room”, which proposes comfortable clothing like your own room as a portable apartment.
I feel that my experience in France enables me to find new shapes and structures by studying and using casual jersey fabric.
Please give a message to ESMOD applicants!
Don’t fear what you don’t know and take the time to think about things you don’t understand. If I could go back in time when I was 18 years old, that’s what I would tell myself.