Dawn Yanagihara is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Kiriko, a clothing line that specializes in Japanese-style fabrics and textiles here in Portland. We were able to meet with Dawn at some of her favorite spots in town, such as Coava Coffee, Angel Face and the dog park. Originally from Hawaii, Dawn decided to call Portland home over three years ago, and launched Kiriko with the help of her business partner and co-founder Katsu Tanaka. Dawn’s lifestyle is clearly reflected in her work by how intentional she is. Whether it’s where she’s chosen to locate herself geographically speaking, the kind of pieces she creates and purchases or her overall positive outlook on the maker industry. It’s obvious when you talk to Dawn that she believes in curating locally as well as incorporating culture and passion into everything she does at Kiriko. She also believes in using materials that have a story to tell, and using them to teach others how to value and appreciate the textiles that we wear on a daily basis. Be sure to check out the kimonos, scarves, ties and other goods that Dawn and the rest of her team at Kirko have curated!
This post is in collaboration with Nau.
1. How do you incorporate style and function into your everyday life?
I actually don't shop that often, but when I do, I'm really selective in the pieces I buy. I always take into account the function of a piece as well as its style, if I love the look of an item, but if it doesn't have the right pockets, or details, I won't get it. I believe in the mantra of "spend more, buy less." Meaning, I want things that I can hold onto that will last me for more than a season.
2. 5 Things you can’t live without?
1 90s R&B.
2 A good notebook.
3 Green tea.
4 Home. (Hawaii)
5 My girl.
3. Where do you go to get away?
I go back to Hawaii about two times a year. My family still lives there, and whenever I feel the need to leave Portland, my first want is to fly back home to see them. Throw in a hike, some good local food, and a little time in the ocean, and I'm completely recharged.