Sunday, December 12, 2010

Closet Visit: Momo Suzuki

Momo Suzuki is a Japanese born clothing designer (Her line is called Black Crane) and jewelry maker. She lives with her designer husband Alexander Yamaguchi in Los Angeles. Momo is multi talented, funny, pretty and super nice!

Momo's closet was simple, pared down, and felt well composed. A lot of clothes and jewelry were from her and her husband's lines. The pieces from her line are very minimal and loose fitting but the patterns are completely unique and interesting.

I was very inspired by Momo's style and the way she decorated her space. I learned from her that you can still be stylish without having a big closet and that simplicity is a powerful statement. Everything about her was so natural and a lesson in elegant simplicity - her hair, her barely there make up and her simple jewelry,,,. How about her beautiful apartment? I can keep going on and on..
Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
Describe your personal style.
I would say simple.  I like to play with different texture with same tone.  I don't have a particular style, just enjoying to follow my feeling.
Everyday is different.  

M3

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
What's your inspiration when you design clothes and jewelry?
World around me.  color gradation of petal, patterns from nature, spills on the street, can be anything.

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
 What are your favorite places to shop?
Mohawk General Store, IKO IKO,  Flea Markets, Assembly New York

Who are your favorite designers?
Lanvin, Boesset / Schorn, Isabel Marant, Martin Margiela

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki

m2
Can you give us smart shopping advice?
Think twice

Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly?
Vintage Black Poncho, saruel pants from my collection, Alexander Yamaguchi distressed tees, Beatrice Valenzuela boots, Soyun Cashmere cardigan 

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
{Jewelry made by Momo}

What is your most recent purchase?
Chunky cardigan from VPL

Who are your style icons?
I admire anyone who can create own equation of styles

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
Do you have any stories about amazing deals you've gotten on awesome pieces?
- I have couple of very talented designer friends and sometimes we trade.

m1

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
What's your typical day like?
Wake up 7- 7:30am.  Yogurt and tea.  Go to studio in Downtown. Drive around to meet my contractors or designing for next collection.
Go home around 7pm. Prepare dinner with my husband.  After dinner, currently  I am so into making straw mobile called Himmeli for couple of hours.  Go to bed around midnight.

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki
5 things you can't live without.
Dream, Family,  Friends, Great wine, Rice!

Closet Visit : Momoko Suzuki

Thanks for reading.
Outtakes on my Flickr

66 comments:

danica said...

oh wow! i think this one may be my favourite so far. momo's style is so beautiful and you have captured her wonderfully, jeana.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you, jeana, this woman is inspiring. I love the picture of her hand with her gold rings and dainty bracelet...so simple but PERFECT! I read so many blogs where the bloggers just seem to bleed $1000 designer bags and shoes, it's refreshing to see someone who is a minimalist and just gets it. Fantastic!

amelia said...

wowwwww. that photo of her on the couch laughing is perfect. loved each moment. those huge plants are really lovely too. amazing job, jeana!

Anonymous said...

perfection without distraction- i enjoyed this the most out of all closet visits thus far. thank you momo and jeana

c said...

my favorite by far. thank you both.

Tamara said...

love her style, simple but very chic!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fantastic! I loved everything,very very inspiring...

monika@stylemadesimple said...

My favorite visit so far!!!

annie markantonatou said...

lovely post!

Alexander Yamaguchi

Elisabelle said...

wonderful style!!

Anonymous said...

I think this was my favorite, too. Do you have a link where we can see some of her jewelry?

three.little.ships said...

amazing!!! so pared down and beautiful....inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, Momo is perfection! I will echo the sentiments of other commenters and say that she is my absolute favorite so far! Minimalist perfection at its best, even in her answers.

oaklandetsuko said...

Yes! Every photo had something simple to love. The clothes, the fabric, that lamp. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I would love to know what some of the brands are that she is wearing! And wear can you purchase her designs?

Amazing clothes, Amazing home, Amazing Woman!

iwishihadtaste said...

This one is my favorite closet visit so far. Even though you took fantastic pictures -- the one where she's leaning on the black credenza with a mauve dress had me staring for a good minute --, I think her love for simplicity is best represented with the picture of her nails and rings.

Can one be aesthetically inspired by nails? I think I am.

Cupcakewalker said...

"Think twice" - perfect.

She's so inspiring, and the close-up of her hands and jewelry, and that with her in a printed dress and boots are so gorgeous!

naomi said...

i love this!

she is so beautiful. i love her home.

great blog!!!

finally hatachi

Anonymous said...

so inspiring. best one yet!

Heather Taylor said...

love - simple, chic, perfect.

Veuve said...

Pretty much perfect.

Krissy said...

She has amazing style! Where could I find her jewelry?

Veuve said...

Yes, I would also love to know where her jewelry can be found...

Various Projects said...

best yet. and i bet this post starts himmeli madness!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous..the simplicity, the clothes, and those lovely plants...inspiring me to keep purging my house of clutter :)

Anonymous said...

Himmeli is a traditional Finnish decoration at Christmas time. It looks very modern and fresh in such a beautiful enviroment like Momo`s.

Lovely photos, inspiring blog!
Greetings from Finland!

DON'T FORGET THE 'Y' said...

I love when people's clothing matches their home. This is one of my favorites!

Fashion Intel said...

What an incredible Closet Visit! I really need a side table with magazine holder like that. Also, where can we buy her creations?

Anonymous said...

What a charismatic woman! Love the post, love her style! I admire you, girls from Asia. You are so beautiful, so simple, so adorable.

Sandy

Anonymous said...

this visit was so beautiful. what a "fine wine" she is. such wonderful photos.

unique lapin said...

Jeana!

Been reading all your Closet Visits and this is the just impeccable! Great work & Momo is perfection!

Cheers!

- Unique Lapin

sunshine by sara said...

I'd hate to choose a favorite but this might just be it! Her style is exactly what I've been feeling lately.

jeana sohn said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Some of you asked about Momo's jewelry. She said she has the gold hand necklace with diamond x 2pcs in stock. she can custom make the gold plated initial ring that she's wearing in the close up shot of her hands. the Base is silver ( gold plated). she hand engraves them.

Also Mohawk General store carries some of Black Crane tops and dresses. xo

Whimsy Being said...

I love this closet visit too :)

Shauna Aliza said...

Loving this closet visit... totally inspiring me to get back to the basics and pare down that closet of mine! Can't tell you how much I look forward to these visits!! LA has some insanely beautiful, talented, + stylish ladies...

Anonymous said...

What Brand/Where can I find the dress in the 3rd photograph down? And the shoes...love it all!

Anonymous said...

How should one contact Momo about the gold hand necklace? Thanks!

jeana sohn said...

@ Anonymous
email me (jeanasohn@yahoo.com) about the gold necklace. i'll give you momo's contact info via email. : )

LUDWIG said...

MOMO=STYLE.

Julie-Inspired said...

Such beautiful photos and interview. You have a great blog!

ramis kim said...

This would be one of my favorites! LOVE it!

theresyogainmymilk said...

Fantastic post! Love to moccasins! Who are they?

Megan Taylor said...

These keep getting better and better - JEANA! you are a magic maker! xoxo

jeana sohn said...

@ theresyogainmymilk
the moccasins are beatrice valenzuela (http://www.beatricevalenzuela.com/)

Anonymous said...

Quel style !!! Unique, elegant, simple et original.
Une lectrice française.

Anonymous said...

I'm just speechless about such genuine styles.

jj said...

i love this... great style & great photos. thanks for sharing these closet visits.

little dark horse said...

I love it all BUT WHERE CAN I GET THAT MOBILE!?? its the most amazing mobile I've ever seen! I need it! XOXO great blog

sunkentreasure said...

l o v e it! I think this is my favorit closet visit !!

Kathryn said...

So super beautiful Momo and Jeana! I need a straw mobile - Himmeli!!! LOVE!

ash said...

agreed with everyone that this is beautiful. i'm dying to make a himmeli now! found this link with a video that's pretty good...

http://www.kaspaikka.fi/video/himmeli/

Abby said...

Totemo kirei na!

My favorite closet visit, too.

the ramen girl said...

i love her style too, thanks for sharing.

you have a lovely blog, i'm going to drop by often! :-)

Anonymous said...

I am dying over those leather and metal chairs...does anyone know who makes them?

Anonymous said...

The chair is " Charlotte Perriand Stool".

You can see more detail on this page.
http://www.temporary-addorisio.ch/04_archive/sheet_chair.html

Anonymous said...

You can find Charlotte Perriand stool at JF Chen.

www.jfchen.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=469957

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

LOVE her style. There are so many pieces here that speak to me. Just beautiful from start to finish!.

filthy cute said...

LOVE the couch. anyone know who makes it?

Anonymous said...

the couch is by Viesso.
www.viesso.com

christine said...

simple. and beautiful...life is good this way ;o)

Anonymous said...

perfect leather slippers. does anyone know who makes them/where to get them?

Anonymous said...

seconded on the pointy slippers!

Anonymous said...

where is her lamp from?

Amelia said...

simply goergeous!

Alexia said...

I love the visit!

Do you know where the burgundy bag come from? It's perfect :)

Peter said...

LOVE the couch. anyone know who makes it?
Suzuki