Textile artist Hiroyuki Murase concurrently studied Integration Visual Art and Architecture at the Art Academy (Kunstakademie) in Düsseldorf, Germany, while launching his own label, Suzusan, in 2008. His Japanese-German brand is based upon the ancient Japanese textile finishing technique of “shibori” which translates literally to “wring, twist,” and has been used in the creation of Kimono for centuries.
Murase applies the traditional Shibori techniques his family has honed for five generations to materials such as cashmere, alpaca and transparent silk. The fusion of hand-dyed colors and sheer fabrics is a modern take on this textile tradition, which he offers in the form of fashion, home decor and lighting. Murase launched a Ready-to-Wear collection in 2015. His pieces have been showcased at Fashion Weeks in Europe and offered in high-end boutique collections in 22 countries worldwide.