Born in Tokyo, Aya Takeshima spent her formative years in London and Paris where she went on to study at central saint martins graduating with a BA in Fashion Knitwear with 1st class Honours.
She has been selected as one of the eight designers for CFDA+ 2016 design graduates, also for Hyères award semi finalist in 2017.
In Paris, she honed her skills at fashion houses such as KOCHÉ and Maison Lemarié (CHANEL métier d’art)
Before returning to Tokyo to establish her own label AYÂME (a half-eponymous with a French word ÂME for spirit) in 2017.
AYÂME embodies modern elegance.
With her enormous respect for craftsmanship, her signature style is associated with her cutting edge technique to integrate minimalism with romantic texture, pale colour textiles, lace fabrics, intricate gathering, sheer layering and floral motifs.
HEr collections are a sophisticated combination of avant-garde gaiety, intensity and softness.
INTERVIEW / ARTICLE
Nikkei MJ newspaper
EXPERIENCES / EDUCATION / AWARDS
Winner of JFLF award 2017 (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Launched ayâme (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Graduated Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Knitwear with 1st Class Honors (London, UK)
Selected as CFDA+ 2016 DESIGN GRADUATE (NY, USA)
Semi-finalist of the 32th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères (Hyères, FRANCE)
Winner of Sally Woodward Award (London, UK)
Finalist of NEW BEAT International competition (Hong Kong, CHINA)
Embroidery textile design at CHANEL métier d’Art, Maison Lemarié (Paris, FRANCE)
Finalist of SWAROVSKI Scholarship 2015 (London, UK)
Shortlist of The British Fashion Council Bursary (London, UK)
Finalist of INDEX Scholarship (London, UK)
Knitwear design & Embroidery textile design at KOCHÉ (Paris, FRANCE)
EXHIBITIONS / SHOW
ayâme x Kaho Okazaki exhibition ‘daydream’ at OZ gallery (Tokyo, JAPAN)
New Beat International exhibition at The Fashion Gallery,
Central Saint Martins degree show 2016 (London, UK)
Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Press show 2016 (London, UK)