Ryota Sakai, is a Fashion designer, based in Florence, Italy. He was born in Hyogo, Japan in May 1989. After finishing high school in Japan he went to study a Theater degree in Merced, California. After graduating he returned to Japan and worked as a retail assistant at Issey Miyake. He soon realised he wanted to study Fashion Design, however outside of Japan, in order to rediscover and establish his own ideas. He then chose to study at Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing in Florence, as the school is known internationally and one of his favorite designers had graduated from there.