As the Japanese kimono, the world we live in is loose and tight, strict and permissive. We all want to be comfortable in the clothes we wear. It has to be close from our skin to feel protected and hold on our bodies but loose enough to allow the movement and comfort.
No matter the distance between the fabric and the skin, there is always a life we need to decide, we entail to exist.
A distance we try to keep from other people in a crowd or a gap of existence between the birth and the death. At every moment we are a whole.
Susumu’s work inspires the unification of dualities. The embodiment of contraries and the gender ambiguities. Male and female, constructive and destructive, traditional and contemporary, strong and fragile, tight and loose, alive and dead. Just like we are all.Susumu is permanently researching for new designs with quality fabrics and techniques of construction. Our creations are originals and moderns. Contemporary clothing collections for both men and women inspired from the japanese tradition and history. A second skin of your identity.
Kazuya Sase is atelier Susumu’s founder and creative designer since 2010. Child of a long family legacy, he was born in 1985 and raised in a small city called Tako at 60 km west of Tokyo in the Kanto area. He has always been interested in creating clothes of all kind for everyone to wear. His passion for fashion and couture is tremendous and contagious.
Kazuya’s first influence in fashion started at the age of five, watching his great grandfather Susumu Sase mending and sewing his own clothes.
In his childhood, he started patterning and sewing with his grandmother Fukue Sase helping her with the creation of her traditional kimonos.
As a teenager he studied in Takisawa professional fashion college. His teacher Junko Machida became his mentor and confirmed his passion for couture.
At the age of twenty, he studied creative fashion design at the international school Esmod in Tokyo. He traveled to America and Europe before establishing in Montreal, Canada where he founded atelier Susumu.