After meeting an influential jewellery designer while growing up in her grandmotherʼs salon, Atsuko Sano began training in hand-made jewelry techniques while majoring in classical vocal music at art school. Sano eventually left her native Japan for the United States to absorb both the business and creative side of the industry. Driven to produce pieces unlike anyone else of the time, she became intrigued by menʼs jewelry and since 2001 has created pieces under the label AS Collection. A unique line that pays homage to a manʼs maturity, life story and everyday existence, AS Collection has been featured on the cover of magazines including W, Vogue and Harperʼs.
What’s hot right now?
Metabolism: Future City Exhibition. The architectural movement was born in Japan and has dominated the world. The thought of Metabolism is not only the unfinished future city planning but also experimental architecture, and deeply involves design and arts, around the keyword of “environment.” You might be able to witness jewelry from the perspective of the imagination of future cities.
What are your favorite places in Tokyo to visit this fall?
The Nezu Art Museum and Blue Note Tokyo (both in Aoyama).
What trends are you looking forward to this fall?
Marc Jacobs a/w ’11 collection.「Dot x Dot 」style