As a child, Natsu would design clothing for her Rika-chan (a Japanese version of a Barbie doll) while watching her mother sew. Natsu used some of the scraps of fabric unused by her mother and would fashion different outfits and accessories. From this time, Natsu would pursue a design career that would span many years of education and experience.
Natsu explored different art mediums such as painting, sketching, and sculpture. Exploring a career in fashion would lead Natsu to attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She graduated in 2003 and begin working as an intern Los Angeles designer Imani Lanier. As an intern, Natsu assisted with the design and development of a leather handbag collection, and high-end streetwear collection.
Natsu would spend another seven years at the high-end Los Angeles based label Cosa Nostra. There she worked with Jeffrey Sebelia, as an associate designer, specializing in intricate leather jackets and accessory customization to produce one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and a ready-to-wear collection. Natsu was responsible for custom knits & sweater design along with overseeing development and production.
Natsu also co-designed with Ron Herman of RH Vintage, and has designed-one-of-a-kind custom clothing using vintage pieces. Working with vintage pieces, she would first deconstruct the items and recreate them using studs and embroidery. This work was showcased for the grand opening of their 3rd location of Ron Herman Chigasaki in Japan. Natsu also co-designed ‘loverecycle’ bag with Ron Herman. This was an eco-bag made with indigenous woven fabric. This bag was sold at all their locations in Japan.
Natsu has also co-designed with Akiko Clothing, working on their designer sweater line and worked with a number of other production companies such as Dickey’s Made-in-USA. Project, and Beauty & Youth.
Natsu would branch out on her own to begin creating her own design. Since June 2016, Natsu has worked to establish her handbag collection under the Natsu Yamamoto name. Currently, Natsu continues to develop her handbag line which can be found on this site.
Photographer: Ching-Yi Huang
Logo & Graphic Artiest: Ruo Wei Chen
Print design collaborated with Marta Cortese