Funky Meets Comfort: Interview with Shoe Designer Hiromi Dragonfield

by Gloria Iseli | September 7th, 2012

I recently had the pleasure to speak with Japanese shoe designer Hiromi Dragonfield about her line B by Aperire. Dragonfield designs her shoes in Osaka, Japan, then spends time at her Los Angeles boutique, The B Store (in Hollywood on Melrose). The store’s walls are lined with Dragonfield’s designs; which one could only refer to… Read more…

Japanese Bank Nomura’s Office Linguistics and Dress Code Shows Up Cultural Divide

by Rachel Yeomans | October 22nd, 2009

Which suit to wear to work? Not ‘the one of lustrous material,’ says Japanese bank. A year after successfully snapping up some of the juicier fragments of the fallen Lehman Brothers, Nomura has demonstrated how teething troubles can sometimes persist in otherwise happy international mergers. In this case, linguistically. In a recent e-mail circulated to… Read more…