Akino is a Japanese fashion and textile designer, currently studying for her MA in fashion and clothing design at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. She worked as an accessory and textile designer at giraffe Tokyo for a while, after completing a BA in textile design at Tama Art University, but later decided to go back to school to develop her design skills further.
Akino is currently one of ten finalists in the industry acclaimed Hyères Fashion and Photography Festival. Alongside diverse exhibitions and professional panel discussions, it hosts an international competition for emerging designers. The festival is a prestigious opportunity with CHANEL as a major partner and Paco Rabanne's Creative Director chairing the jury this year. The finalists will showcase their collections over the four day event – held at the beautiful Villa Noailles in the South of France – before a winner is chosen. Previous winners have included Viktor & Rolf, Felipe Oliveira Baptista and Anthony Vaccarello.