SPECIAL
INTERVIEW

Ayumi Suneya

Non-fiction creator

Transferred to ESMOD Paris from ESMOD Japon. Creating clothing with her travel experience in Europe, United States, Southeast Asia and Chernobyl in Ukraine, with the exhibition of her illustrations and pictures drew and taken while she traveled. Organizer of “PARTAGER”, the guidance tour of Paris Fashion Week with Kenji Otsubo. Now preparing to start a new brand with the materials and clothing from Ethiopia.

-What are major activities you engage in now?

I engage in different activities and one of them is coordination of “PARTAGER”, a guidance tour of Paris Fashion Week, drawing on my experience of studying in Paris. We provide backstage tours, atelier visits, talk shows of famous maison designers and other special experiences instead of simply letting participants watching a fashion show. I think it allows them to have a clear picture of working overseas. My inspiration resource is often actual and local information, experiences and connections with others, so in addition to propose a new way of travel, I want to bring real Paris fashion industry experience which we cannot have on the Internet.

-Your experience of studying in Paris supports your current activities.

I originally wanted to work overseas and on my own skills, so I entered ESMOD. My creation basis was already views of life and death, so being ethical or sustainable was natural for me.

When I was a student of ESMOD Paris, I went to Chernobyl after the accident at the nuclear power plant and created a collection of poems with pictures. When I talked about that plan with my modelism teacher, he directly negotiated with the president for me and I succeeded in taking a special vacation.This flexibility is perhaps a characteristic of Paris. This travel allowed me to realize an important fact that “I don’t know at all what occurs in the world”. From that time, I had a stronger vision of “travelling all over the world to make clothing”.

-What is impressive when you recall your school life?

I was Paris course student, so half of the classmates were students coming from overseas. I was very bad at foreign languages, but I managed to communicate with them, and it was so comfortable for me to be with them because they express their emotions clearly and are self-confident without caring too much about others. Classes are small and so homey that we know almost all the students in the school. Teachers are familiar with us and it enabled me to create clothing with close collaboration. I keep on touching with classmates, and they are like-minded spirits with whom I can talk passionately about clothing. Their activities encourage me to cheer up myself and to think “I can still try something!” Therefore, I want people who enter ESMOD to remember importance of friends who share the same goal with you.

-Could you tell us your future prospects?

I’m now doing research of farms and factories and engineering guidance for them directed toward launch of a brand with Ethiopians. Ethiopia is rumored to be dangerous and be suffered from the problem of poverty, but all the people I actually met in local cities are warm and pure. It made me being sure that we can make clothing together. The current goal is offering jobs continuously to them. I think it’s necessary to think about business scale for their happiness.

We can produce different kinds of item in a small batch in developing countries, so I want to seek for a new type of business which is different from those of traditional. Everybody can enjoy fashion. Therefore, I want to make clothing all over the world with different kind of people, and to share moods of the moment when a culture comes out.