In Tokyo, A Couple Proving That Good Craftsmanship Knows No Boundaries

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The New York Times Style Magazine


“IT IS THREADS, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years,” the French actress Simone Signoret once said of marriage, and for Sophia and Masafumi Watanabe, this is especially true. Masafumi is the founder of the popular Japanese street wear brand Bedwin and the Heartbreakers; his wife is the creator of Sophia 203, a Jaipur-based line of embroidered accessories. The couple has been together for eight years and married for nearly four. They live with their 1- and 4-year-old children in a modest, sparsely furnished three-bedroom apartment in central Tokyo’s expat-heavy Moto-Azabu district, traveling every other weekend to their beach house in Hayama, a quiet seaside getaway an hour outside of Tokyo where the Japanese imperial family has long maintained a home. “My husband makes street wear, and I do something handcrafted,” Sophia says. “He’s got a big clothing line and I have a small business, but despite that, we really do influence each other.”


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