In 2022, the world mourned the loss of the legendary Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake. Miyake was known for his fearless approach to experimentation in his designs which uniquely combined traditional handcrafts with the newest technology driven by research and development. While Miyake left a big hole in the creative world, his legacy of gender-neutral, classic yet future-forward fashion philosophy lives on.
“My office is more of a research laboratory than it is a design studio; we are constantly making all sorts of experiments." Issey Miyake
At Moon Creative Lab, we are also inspired by experimentation and in 2022, we did plenty of it. As travel opened up post-pandemic, we were able to lean into opportunities to work together literally side-by-side. We held workshops, design sprints, and a number of in-person events with the creative and startup communities at our Spring Terrace Studio in Tokyo, Japan and our 660 Studio in Palo Alto, California.
In this year’s Moon Annual Report, I’m so excited for you to dive into these experiments. You’ll hear the voices of our talented Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and Moon Mates as they share the stories of how experimenting fast has shaped our 2022 journey. You’ll see all the progress we have made together over the past year and maybe get a peek into what is to come.
We also hope to inspire you to ask yourself, “What experiment could I do this coming year that will have an exponential impact on my work or life?”
Because similar to Issey Miyake’s thinking, we love to be free to explore, research, and evolve. And isn’t that what experimentation is all about?
Mary Ann Gallo
Chief Marketing Officer
*KYOTO PRIZE “One Life, One Thread, and One Piece of Cloth: The Work of lssey Miyake” (2007)