Photos Boris Marberg
Born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Swiss father, Kazu Huggler was raised in Switzerland and Japan where she studied Japanese History of Art and Aesthetics at Keio University. In London she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. During her study she apprenticed with Vivienne Westwood.
Her label KAZU is heavily influenced by Japanese themes—kimono patterns, ancient printmaking, Japanese aesthetics, and traditional attitudes/philosophies of dressing. While most of Kazu Huggler’s inspiration comes from her strong Japanese background, her designs are geared for the global marketplace and made in Switzerland. She travels frequently to Tokyo to show case her latest collections and collaborations with Japanese artists.
Since March 2011, she has been actively involved in restoration projects in the north of Japan and has donated sewing machines to high schools hit by the disaster. Kazu has also committed to the long-term support of the citizens of Rikuzen Takata region in Iwate Prefecture.