Even at the age of 4, he understood that life can be cruel. He has seen devastating wars, felt despair, hunger, and fear. Yoji remembers that he only wanted to protect his mother.
Fumi worked as a dressmaker for 16 hours a day in her small shop. There wasn't much material, so she tried to use every scrap of fabric. Yoji, watching her work, loved to draw models of things, cut and sew.
To please Fumi, Yoji graduated from law school. But most of all, he wanted to help his mother with her work. Fumi was unhappy with her son's decision, but agreed and sent him to study at the prestigious Japanese fashion school Bunka Fashion Collage. Future couturiers studied at the same College: Issei Miyake and Kenzo Takada.
Fumi sold her store so that Yoji could start a business. His style became recognizable from the very beginning: the designer erased the line between male and female, chose a dark color of fabrics and rejected symmetry