Make Wilde x HANAMI 2016 holiday collaboration has formed from our mutual passion to create fashion with fine quality and sustainable materials that reflect wabi-sabi principles and our shared values.

In our collaboration with HANAMI, We’ve repurposed pieces brought directly from Japan, and have come together to transform these items into sculptural accessories for casual and formal wear.  Our exclusive holiday collection uses 100% Silk Kimono Fabric and unique ceramic pieces from Mie, Japan, repurposed and set in sculpted 23K gilded settings.  

photographer: Caleb Thal

models: Minh Bui & Michelle Hanabusa

stage hands: Samuel E. Luria & Morgan Damiani

giving our pieces life

Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents Japanese aesthetics and worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". We chose 3 wabi-sabi principles to bring our collection to life:

Kansō - Simplicity or elimination of clutter. Things are expressed in a plain, simple, natural manner. Reminds us to think not in terms of decoration but in terms of clarity, a kind of clarity that may be achieved through omission or exclusion of the non-essential.

Ensō - Fukinsei (不均整) Finding beauty in balanced Asymmetry or irregularity. The idea of controlling balance in a composition via irregularity and asymmetry is a central tenet of the Zen aesthetic. Nature itself is full of beauty and harmonious relationships that are asymmetrical yet balanced. This is a dynamic beauty that attracts and engages.

Shibumi - (渋味)  Beautiful by being understated, or by being precisely what it was meant to be and not elaborated upon. Direct and simple way, without being flashy. Elegant simplicity, articulate brevity. The term is sometimes used today to describe something cool but beautifully minimalist, including technology and some consumer products. (Shibui literally means bitter tasting).