Akiko is a Japanese hairstylist who works in London and Tokyo.
Her interests in fashion started appearing at her young age whilst she was dressing up as a Harajuku kid and going to the streets in Tokyo during the late 90’s where there was a wild and creative youth movement. It was a way of self-expression for Akiko and she quickly developed a greater interest in both fashion and hair.
Although her career started in Tokyo, her strong curiosity in London’s diverse culture and street-inspired style led her to move to London. Having spent time in London since 2007, not only does the influence of the city often appear in her work, but she has developed a greater appreciation for Japan.
Besides working alongside great brands, talents and celebrities such as Erin O’Connor and Lily Cole, she also collaborates with international editorials including Rollacoaster and Numero Tokyo.
Akiko is now based full time in London.