“Born and raised in Los Angeles, I’m a fourth generation Japanese-Okinawan American. From childhood experiences and witnessing racism to my earlier career of working in corporate structures in fashion and music, 2016 was the start of self-discovery and finding ways I can use skills I’ve developed in fashion and design for something bigger than myself.
After a nationwide social campaign, which celebrated diverse voices and stories around the US, we garnered over 3 million organic impressions via one tee design — an eye-opening experience of multiculturalism. This was the beginning of UPRISERS.
By creating a safe space for the UPRISERS community, I hope we can continue to rise up together no matter where you are in your journey to advocate for change. We've seen progress happen when we come together.”