For Ja­panese de­sign duo Ena Kizawa and Taketo Nishino, trav­el­ling to world­wide des­ti­na­tions and ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent cul­tures is at the heart of their brand

Sunday Times - - 5 Minute With - TEXT: NOTHEMBA MKHONDO

Where did the 5 Knot jour­ney be­gin?

We went to the same fash­ion school in Tokyo, and then we started de­sign­ing at dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies. We worked for a few years, then got mar­ried and started 5 Knot in 2013.

Why 5 Knot?

We live in a coastal area near Tokyo and we love to surf and spend time on the beach. A knot is the speed of a boat and then there are knots that you tie. The 5 rep­re­sents Ena’s birth­day, Oc­to­ber 5. We’re ac­tu­ally show­ing on her birth­day so it’s go­ing to be a spe­cial day.

Tell us about the new col­lec­tion

This col­lec­tion is not just Spring/Sum­mer 2019; it mixes all four sea­sons to make new sea­sons. It’s very vi­brant. Our de­signs are in­spired by trav­el­ling. Re­cently, we’ve been to Morocco, Por­tu­gal and Cuba, so it’s in­spired by a lot of coun­tries.

How do you cre­ate your col­lec­tions?

First, we choose a coun­try we want to visit and then we spend time there and take in the cul­ture. We just talk to each other. We don’t draw or take pic­tures; we just keep talk­ing to each other. When we get back home, we start draw­ing and choose fab­rics — and a di­rec­tion.

What is the 5 Knot aes­thetic?

Vin­tage, prints, and mixed styling is im­por­tant for us and part of the de­sign of our brand.

Who is the 5 Knot woman?

Some­one who loves fash­ion, of course, and who loves trav­el­ling and colour and pat­terns.

What are the big fash­ion trends for 2019?

Col­lec­tions in New York and Paris seem to show that sports­wear and street style is mov­ing to­wards be­com­ing cleaner and lighter.

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