Born in Los Angeles in the early 90s, Tadashi’s first forays into design were through the game of basketball. While sport + design seem like disparate fields, for Tadashi they could not have been more interconnected.
In a more abstract sense, it was on the court where he discovered and honed his creativity. Basketball is a fluid game with little rest time, causing players to constantly adapt to the present situation and make improvised choices in hopes of manipulating circumstance to their advantage – and ultimately to help their team win. In that space between reading a defender’s body and deciding how to react, creativity thrives. At times, watching a great player move conjures to mind images of a graceful dancer or the rhythm of a well-crafted poem. Basketball is creativity – within an agreed upon structure – with the objective to win, otherwise it could very well be art.
In a more tangible sense, the culture surrounding the game soon pulled Tadashi in – it was a vibe, a sound, and most importantly to him, a sartorial style; clothing became more than just fabric draped on our bodies, it became self-expression, identity, and soon another form of creativity.
Bristol Studio explores this intersection of sport + design through a tightly curated collection of elevated sportswear called STUD–O (pronounced STUDIO). The year-round offering consists of fully reversible garments noted for features such as inverse hems, raw finishing, flatlock stitching and exposed pocket detailing.
Determined to go deeper than just sport + design, Bristol Studio now offers accompanying seasonal collections as well, aptly titled COLLECT–ON; these offerings are heavily narrative-driven, grounded in research that encompasses literary text, art and historical record. Specifically, Tadashi utilizes COLLECT–ON to satisfy his curiosity with the incongruities that structure our world, art: high and low; culture: pop and not; politics: the rulers and the ruled, and the inspiration that comes from the dynamic opposition of these forces.
As a designer, he hopes to engage consumers in a broader conversation about design, culture and the self.