From Japan to NYC, Hiroko Harada
Hiroko Harada is the creative director and the designer of Miicon. After studying at Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan, Hiroko moved to New York City where she worked under a variety of fashion jewellery designers, gaining experience in a wide range of styles.
What’s the story behind Miicon?
The name “Miicon” is made from the words "me" and "Icon'', as each piece elevates the wearer into the realm of my icons.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your Eagle Rock Collection
I went to an exhibition of Native American Jewelry by the Yazzi family a few years ago. I was impressed by the beautiful handcrafted jewellery and the beauty of turquoise. I was inspired to make a collection in which I aimed to urbanize Native American Jewelry. The Eagle Rock Collection greatly uses sterling silver with turquoise and other natural stones - delicately combining masculine styles and lines.
Do you feel your international background influences your designs?
Yes, I grew up in Japan and I went to art school in Kyoto. Kyoto has historical buildings and architectures. The beauty of Japanese philosophy and culture still inspires me a lot.
What do you find to be the strongest influences for your designs?
Just being in NYC. I believe that what I have seen and experienced in this city has greatly inspired my design.
What can we expect from Miicon over the next few years?
We are based on New York now. However, I hope to introduce my jewellery in other counties as well in the next few years.