Zucca

Label of the Japanese designer Akira Onozuca, the youngest of 6 siblings who learnt the art of dressmaking from his eldest sister. He was assistant to Miyake in his Tokyo and Paris ateliers but set up on his own in 1989, showing in the French capital but always staying within his teacher’s orbit, since his business (30 stores in Japan and an annual turnover of 150 billion lire) is part of the Miyake Group. He opened a boutique, La Cabane de Zucca, in Paris in 1996. Whilst acknowledging that he has clearly been influenced by Miyake, he speaks of a fondness for the fashion of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and for Biba’s clothes.
&Quad;The company has 30 stores around the world, 8 of them called La Cabane de Zucca. The brand has become a leader in Japan and Europe. The designer has also developed a line of accessories, particularly watches, with new designs each season.