Both my parents had a strong interest in it, especially my mum, and it just rubbed off on me. Living in both Italy and Japan as a child, I saw different ways of wearing clothes; going shopping with Mum was always exciting.
What connections are there between your work and where you live?
Living, playing and working are all so closely tied together for me that the buzz of where I live has always suited my needs. I have been living in Shoreditch for 10 years. It’s where I feel comfortable, close to the Dazed office and all the photo studios. All my friends live close by. It feels more like a community than anywhere else to me.
How long have you been in the flat?
I’ve lived here two years. My best friend used to live here. It was just a natural progression that when he moved out, I’d move in.
How did your toy collection begin?
I’ve been collecting since I was a child. It’s Japanese culture. I don’t have any specific toys that I like more than others, but I seem to have a lot of freaky-looking stuffed monsters.