“Being a Woman Does Not Mean Always Being Okay” with Jenny Fax

The Taiwan-born designer found her original inspiration in a Laura Ashley dress owned by her mother—and she snipped, stitched, and sewed her own wardrobe until she recreated the clothes she pined after. Once her technique was refined in Asia and Europe, she launched her label in Tokyo in 2011. Her designs are meant to embody the female gaze—influenced by past and present Japanese subcultures, Asia, and ‘80s American culture. Her creations are fun, yet deeply personal and have gained a cult following across the globe. In this interview, Fax delves into the highs and lows of her childhood, pushing the boundaries of the classic Japanese aesthetic, “Kawai”, and how her motto of “It’s okay to not be okay” played into her role in The Tour ‘23.