Designer Izumi Hongo was born in Tokyo, based in Antwerp. She studied architecture and started her career as a creator in advertisement world in Tokyo. After she moved to Belgium, she studied fashion in Royal Academy in Antwerp and just after her graduation, she started up the brand Van Hongo.
Van Hongo presents its new collection twice a year in Paris and Tokyo. The collections are luxurious and stimulating at once. The interest, as always, is generated primarily by textures, colours and knits, with many simplified cuts that still fully embody Van Hongo's esthetic. And yet there is still enough architecture in these minimal pieces to make them true standouts.
She broadens her design field now toward textile and space design based on her essential creation, the brand Van Hongo, as her background for the creation is varied and her enthusiasm to create new sophisticated material around knitting and textile can embrace fashion and the other fields.
2011- Presenting new SS and AW collection in Paris and Tokyo
2011 Open her first Flagship atelier-shop in Antwerp, Belgium
2010 Winner for the 3rd New Designers Award by Japan Fashion Week, Japan
2010 MA at Fashion Department Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium
2001-2005 Hakuhodo Advertisement Agency, Tokyo, Japan
2001 MA of Architect, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
1999 BA of Architect, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan