“Diversity” is a concept of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW). Vancouver is a large and culturally diverse city. Regardless of nationality and race, fashion brands from all over the world participate in VFW. This time, SOLIT was invited by the VFW, and we finally determined to be one of them after long consideration.
This collection leads to a new era in fashion. That’s why we will be on the world stage. We believe spreading what we are pursuing is vital: an all-inclusive society and an all-inclusive fashion.
IT’S SOLIT! - Duh!
This is not something special, this is the norm.
Diverse beings and expressing yourself in your own way
We don't want to stop at "that's nice", but rather say, don't stop there, come this way quickly.
I grew up with not being able to wear the clothes I wanted to wear from a very young age. This was partly due to my body shape and partly due to money.
I didn't 'choose' the clothes I wear every day, I chose them out of the choices available to me.
The right to express oneself as a being is slipping through the fingers of both hands in such and such a way.
I just wanted to enjoy fashion.
I thought this is what only I think like that.
However, I realized that many people have had similar experiences because of their body shape, disability, age, sexuality, family background, faith, and culture, and I decided that it would be better if people could be themselves, transcending categories, so I set up SOLIT.
I didn't want to give up the diverse people and the global environment.
SOLIT Founder Misaki TANAKA
Social entrepreneur and social designer, born 1988, has been running an NGO on natural disasters and climate change for eight years since 2013. After obtaining an MBA in postgraduate studies, she founded SOLIT,Inc. to solve global environmental and human rights issues from 2020. Specialist in solving diverse social issues by design.
Works for a major apparel company; father of two children. When his children's dreams for the future were related to 'fashion', he realised that he could not recommend this industry with pride. Joined SOLIT to create fashion that is good for the planet and for people, and to pass it on with confidence to future generations.
Born in 1998 in Chiba, Japan. Currently a postgraduate student. Grew up watching her mother, who had a leg disability, from an early age, saddened by her inability to wear the clothes she liked. She realized that many people in the world have given up on fashion because of illness or disability, and started making inclusive design clothes while she was still a student at fashion school.
WIN, a sewing factory based in Wuxi, China, which not only develops AI-based technology and promotes efficiency, but also ensures the wellbeing of each employee and values dialogue and teamwork so that each worker can fulfil his or her potential. The factory has received recognition as a factory recognised by the government.
RUNWAY - VIDEO
Masahiko NAKASHIMA / Videographer
Born in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Graduated from California State University, Northridge, Film Department. After gaining experience as a TV director in Tokyo, he returned home after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake. For about seven years, he volunteered to film, edit, and distribute a video of the rebuilding of the Aso Shrine, which was damaged in the disaster. This video led him to work on reconstruction footage of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, which was lost in a fire, and he is also a videographer who focuses on client work in Japan and abroad.
RUNWAY - MUSIC
Ayumu YAMASHITA / Filmmaker, musician.
Musician, meditation teacher, and filmmaker living in Okinawa Prefecture. His YouTube, which distributes a variety of music, mindfulness, and documentary content, currently has around 190,000 registered users and approximately 50 million total views.As a filmmaker, he directed the official short film "AM11:00" for Okinawan artist HY. He is a multi-creator who plans, shoots, edits, produces, and performs music himself. In recent years, he has also produced Sound Bath, a space for healing experiences through sound vibrations.
HAIR & MAKE UP
KAE / NORA creative director
After graduating from beauty school in 2011, she joined NORA Co. After three years as an assistant, she made her debut as a NORA HAIR SALON designer in 2014. At the same time, she also started working as a hair and make-up artist, participating in the 2017 NY Collection for the first time as a hair and make-up artist. She is active as a hair and make-up artist in various genres, including fashion and beauty. She is active as a creative director in salon work, hair and make-up, product development and visual design direction.
Born in Central Africa. Lived in Japan for about five years; quadrilingual. Studied international business administration at a university in India and worked for a non-governmental organization in his home country. Fearing for his life in the unstable political situation, he fled the country and came to Japan.
Deaf athlete affiliated with Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Ltd. Congenital sensorineural hearing loss. Aims to compete in the 2025 Tokyo Deaflympics and win a medal in the high jump and decathlon in athletics.
He is the Team Leader of the Official Website of one of the major sports brands. Since birth, he has had a genetic condition called Nevus of Ota on his face from his forehead to his cheeks. He strives to educate people on the idea that 'anyone can shine'.
Suffers a traffic accident just before completing postgraduate studies. It took three years to complete treatment, leaving her with permanent injuries and scars. Performing as an actor on stage and in films. Made the international collection debut at Milano Fashion Week 2023.
15 years old. She was deaf from birth, attended a special institution for deaf children from kindergarten to junior high school and now attends a non-specialised high school. From the second year of junior high school, she joined an entertainment agency and started working as a model and actor.
High school student living in Tokyo. Inspired by make-up, fashion and values, he started to wear genderless fashion and put on make-up. Currently studying hard for university entrance exams.
Injured cervical cord and living in a wheelchair. Sequelae include quadriplegia, trunk disorder and Autonomic Nervous System Disorder. Started a life on his own after about three years of rehabilitation in a hospital and physical rehabilitation facility.
Hinoki Co., Ltd.
They have encouraged us and believed in our challenge from the planning since we couldn’t decide on the entry for VFW because of transportation and production development costs.
Medical Corporation Yoshimoto-kai Yoshimoto PediatricsWEB
Sympathizing with this challenge, we received support for the "Corporate Sponsorship Project Supporter 100,000 yen Course" through our crowdfunding campaign.
Hub. craft inc.WEB
Following last year’s documentary film production, they sincerely offered us to produce a documentary film of our challenge for VFW.
Hakuhodo DY Media Partners Inc.WEB
We are grateful for your cooperation in the development of sponsorship programs and corporate partnerships in this project, as we share your commitment to creating an inclusive society.
morning after cutting my hair,Inc.WEB
The company provided us with background support to make the show a reality, such as planning the production in line with the philosophy and philosophy of SOLIT and its relevance to the show, and creating criteria for the selection of the models.
NORA HAIR SALONWEB
In order to achieve the expression we are aiming for, they have been providing us with advice on the overall production of the show and help in planning the hair and makeup.
We are grateful for the free use of the venue and other assistance in making the event more barrier-free for the all-day photo shoot of products and models for the fashion collection.
All staff members were free to lend "Ontenna," a device that uses vibration and light to feel the characteristics of sound in the body so that they can express themselves regardless of whether they can hear or not.
Tokyu Corporation, Shibuya Hikarie Creative Space 8/WEB
After returning from the fashion collection, we are pleased to announce that Shibuya Hikarie 8/COURT will be a special sponsor for the first unveiling of the collection in Japan
We were provided with the YY Probe corporate account, an application that provides 'communication support' to visualize voices and sounds to promote daily communication in our activities.
Bags and wallets made from 'cactus leather', which can restore the ecosystem, were lent to the models on the runway to be worn on the show.
"ASICS shoes" were provided as an item that diverse models could wear on the runway with safety and confidence.
Social welfare organization Jizokai / SORATOUMI Mr Sakaguchi.WEB
They were responsible for the illustration of the 15 products in the collection and the models wearing them, which were presented for the first time.
swallow tail vintageWEB
Second-hand clothing was provided as material for items to be worn during training and media interviews and for items used in the collection.
Misaki Tanaka（Executive Director）
Products and Fashion Design
Itsuo Mihara（Production Management & Design）
Direction of a play
Suzuka Nakanishi（Runway Directing）
Masahiko Nakashima（Runway Video Music Production）
Ayumu Yamashita（Runway Music Production）
KAE（Hair and Makeup Planning）
Fuhito Yamashita（Documentary Video Production）
Takuma Matsuda（Documentary Video Production）
PR- Stakeholder Relations
Yumiko Kosugi（PR Production）
Shinichi Morimoto（PR Planner）
Sumie Saito（SNS Marketing Direction）
Kitou Sayaka（PR Assistant)
Yuki Hiwasa（PR Assistant)
Seiichi Ogasawara（Crowdfunding Planning and Operation）
Hironobu Sakamoto（Crowdfunding Planning and Operation）
Shiori Sakamoto（Crowd Funding PR）
Sumie Saito（Book Planning and Editing）
Aoi Shimizu（Book Planning and Editing）
F.H.TONG（Dyeing and Finishing）
H.Y.REN（Press and Package）
Model Management & Training
Rina Yanome（Model Training Management）
Suzuka Nakanishi（Model Training Planning）
Rie Usui（Model Training Instructor）
Shin Kohama（Model Training Instructor）
Sampo Yamanaka（Model Training Instructor）
Nobuhiko Adachi（Model Training Instructor）
Eri Imai（Model Training Instructor）
Mio Waga（Model Training Instructor）
Noriyoshi Takemori（Model Training Instructor）
Products Research & Management
Takako Iwasaki（Project Manager）
Natsumi Wada（Operation Manager）
Ikumi Kobayashi（VFW Point of Contact）
Tomoko Ikenoue（Hair & Make-up Referrer）
Sho Gotoda （Tax Manager）
Akiko Koizumi（Accounting & General Affairs）
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