PAS DE CALAIS, Designer YUKARI SUDA focuses on the importance of how clothing feels on the body.

The famous “ Dentelle de Calais” is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Inspired by the rich heritage of this region, it's delicate lace, and the outdoor lifestyle and landscape, fashion designer Yukari Suda created her brand, Pas De Calais, based on its palette of natural clean colors. 

The color tones, like the surrounding landscape, are based on soft naturally subdued shades of ecru, sand, khaki green, chalk white, dove gray and coal black. Pas De Calais proposes a balanced subtle mixture of casual silhouettes in wholesome fabrics highlighted by touches of decadence that give a freedom of personal styling that crosses all frontiers.

The color tones, like the surrounding landscape, are based on soft naturally subdued shades of ecru, sand, khaki green, chalk white, dove gray and coal black.
Pas De Calais proposes a balanced subtle mixture of casual silhouettes in wholesome fabrics highlighted by touches of decadence that give a freedom of personal styling that crosses all frontiers.

JH:Tell us about your customer, the woman wearing your designs?  YS:  She’s natural. She’s ageless. She has her own unique femininity. 

JH:Tell us about your customer, the woman wearing your designs? 

YS:  She’s natural. She’s ageless. She has her own unique femininity. 

JH: What inspires your collection each season? YS: I feel inspiration from how things originated. Be it sounds, music, books, items… I start from there, and it grows.

JH: What inspires your collection each season?

YS: I feel inspiration from how things originated. Be it sounds, music, books, items… I start from there, and it grows.

JH:  What are your passions that keep you energized and engaged?

YS: Hearing the true voices from my clients. Pas De Calais focuses on the importance of how clothing feels on the body. This is difficult to translate into online sales. 

 

An essence of purity and nostalgia added to modern casual design, the pas de calais spirit is both romantic and contemporary. Combining a variety of traditional dyeing and advanced techniques used with cotton, linen and silk, pas de calais develops its own original textiles. JH: Handcraft is so important in your work (detailed embroideries, stitching, and block printing). YS: The processes in which clothing and textiles are made is so fantastic. A lot of techniques used in my designs require people to produce them completely by hand. I appreciate the beauty of no two things looking exactly alike. I would like to pay homage to unique fabrications—such as Indian khadi or unique dying processes.  JH: Are you sourcing interesting fabrics that are ethically sourced and eco friendly?YS: I love Indian Khadi. Indian fabric. Machu Picchu cotton. 

An essence of purity and nostalgia added to modern casual design, the pas de calais spirit is both romantic and contemporary. Combining a variety of traditional dyeing and advanced techniques used with cotton, linen and silk, pas de calais develops its own original textiles.

JH: Handcraft is so important in your work (detailed embroideries, stitching, and block printing). YS: The processes in which clothing and textiles are made is so fantastic. A lot of techniques used in my designs require people to produce them completely by hand. I appreciate the beauty of no two things looking exactly alike. I would like to pay homage to unique fabrications—such as Indian khadi or unique dying processes. 

JH: Are you sourcing interesting fabrics that are ethically sourced and eco friendly?YS: I love Indian Khadi. Indian fabric. Machu Picchu cotton. 

JH: What would you say is your specific signature that differentiates your brand and is unique to you? YS: The collection was started in 1998, andit hasn’t changed considerably.I don’t want to follow trends.  Since launching my collection overseas I have gained recognition and slowly have been able to see a future of continuing this way. JH: What is your vision for your brand for FALL 2016? YS: I would like to increase production in Japan. It would be spectacular to utilize the skilled artisans we have in Japan, if even slightly.  We are based in Tokyo. Our production begins in Japan. Our designs are sent to the Philippines, Vietnam and China. All production is controlled from Tokyo.  

JH: What would you say is your specific signature that differentiates your brand and is unique to you?

YS: The collection was started in 1998, andit hasn’t changed considerably.I don’t want to follow trends.  Since launching my collection overseas I have gained recognition and slowly have been able to see a future of continuing this way.

JH: What is your vision for your brand for FALL 2016?

YS: I would like to increase production in Japan. It would be spectacular to utilize the skilled artisans we have in Japan, if even slightly.  We are based in Tokyo. Our production begins in Japan. Our designs are sent to the Philippines, Vietnam and China. All production is controlled from Tokyo.