Two Sides Sessions: Masako Ban

Two Sides Sessions: Masako Ban
(Image credit: Masako Ban)

Two Sides Sessions: Masako Ban

(Image credit: Masako Ban)

What would you say is the most important influence on your work (whether within, or outside of your field)?

I’m attracted to industrial materials, which I like to develop into wearable accessories. I’m also inspired by my surroundings: architecture, design and art all stimulate my creativity.

How does this influence manifest itself in your work?

Acrylic, sponge, rubber and aluminum are favourite jewellery materials of mine. I also use mosquito net, core materials and cushion fabric for bags and accessories. When I design I don’t consider the individual components but the overall picture instead. I like to think of the human body as a space in its own right and I consider it in its greater surroundings.

What key trends do you see emerging in your field of work right now?

In the accessory world, I think the key trend words are "cute" "fancy" and "embodiment" and their popularity seems to be lasting. Personally, I’m not conscious of trends but instead work towards an ideal of “minimalism + something extra"

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"Cavier + Bracelet" bag detail

"Cavier + Bracelet" bag detail

(Image credit: Masako Ban)

"Gold Loop" ring

"Gold Loop" ring

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"Gum earring + Aluminium" earring

"Gum earring + Aluminium" earring

(Image credit: Masako Ban)

"Jellyfish" ring

"Jellyfish" ring

(Image credit: Masako Ban)

"Jellyfish" ring, brooch/choker

"Jellyfish" ring, brooch/choker

(Image credit: Masako Ban)

"Block + Urushi" ring

"Block + Urushi" ring

(Image credit: Masako Ban)
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Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.