Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with our speaker, tailor Melanie Uematsu. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality.
Hear about women’s love-hate relationship with the fashion industry, why one style doesn’t fit all, and how we can solve this issue as individual consumers at our meeting on Thursday, July 13. Register for the meeting here!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
The life I’m in right now: working in my dream-job and having enough time for my family.
What is your greatest fear?
I’m a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend. I’m living in a country with one of the highest rates of earthquakes worldwide, we are in a time where political relations are difficult…. I could think about a ton of fears or not. I prefer not to.
What is your current state of mind?
I’m trying to improve certain aspects of my business this year. And both of my kids need a lot of attention. To combine both is challenging and fun, and I think it’s worth it.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
To have a perfect figure. I don’t think that you have to be slim, sporty or long-legged to be beautiful.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband and my sewing machine are in a constant battle.
When and where were you happiest?
I’ve had many states of life when I was really happy. Although, a very unhappy time was when I felt locked up in an office building on the 13th floor with no chance to open the windows (even though my paycheck was amazing).
Which talent would you most like to have?
Cooking! I have no imagination to create meals, which causes a dilemma every day. One day, I will need to take a proper course or be able to employ a cook.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I think that I’ve created a really nice environment for my family, my clients and myself.
What is your most treasured possession?
Don’t laugh, but I really can’t think of any “thing” in my life that couldn’t be replaceable.
What do you most value in your friends?
Catching up with old friends, sitting down and talking as if you just had met yesterday.
Which book do you think is a must-read for women?
A book by Talane Miedaner, Coach Yourself to Success. It was a great book for me to clean up and structure my life. I also suggest Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman in case you need to cure love sickness.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother-in-law and my friend Ricarda.
What is your motto?
Complainers are losers.
What does FEW mean to you?
After I joined FEW, I realized that I’d been living inside of a ‘nutshell.’ Through FEW, I cracked the nutshell, put my seed in the ground and let it grow. And especially now as a member of the WSC Committee, I feel that I’m constantly watering this seed.
When have you have felt most empowered?
After Vanessa Oshima spoke about “Negotiating” at the WSC meeting in March. Her speech was brilliant, and afterwards I felt that I hadn’t done too much wrong in the way that I developed my atelier.
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Rina Bovrisse - The Accidental Activist : From Chanel to Governor of Tokyo?
Join us for the first meeting of the new FEW year to hear from Rina Bovrisse about how she became an accidental activist working in the fashion industry and ending up with a burning desire to get into politics.
Midweek Lunch Mixer
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering, this time at Blu Jam Cafe in Daikanyama!
Note: The Lunch Mixer will take place on a Wednesday!