Akino is a Japanese fashion and textile designer, studied for her MA in fashion and clothing design at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) and a BA in textile design at Tama Art University (Tokyo, Japan).
Akino is 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. The finalists showcase their collections over the four day event – held at the beautiful Villa Noailles in the South of France. Previous winners have included Viktor & Rolf, Felipe Oliveira Baptista and Anthony Vaccarello.
Her works were featured in presentations during Helsinki fashion week and exhibition on the 21_21DESIGN SITE museum Tokyo, etc.
She returned to Japan in 2016 and worked as a knitwear designer for a few years. In 2019. She started a knitwear-focused label ONICA.
Adding colours to the ambience and the personality of people surrounding us. Creations to represent emotions and sensibility well up from considerations for intangible and indescribable things such as subtle atmosphere of words, natural phenomena, and narrative feelings… By sharing those expression, we hope to make it into something enrich and brighten up peoples’ everyday life.