The 411: United Bamboo’s Miho Aoki
United Bamboo has ostensibly cornered the market on clothes that bear a remarkably unconventional ease. It’s been the case since designers Thuy Pham and Miho Aoki founded the line in 1998; they debuted on the New York runway six years later. Since then, the pair has brought their innovative, art-influenced sensibility to collaborations with brands such as Uniqlo, Kitsuné, Terence Koh, and Converse; launched an accessory line, Le Bac; and accrued many a feline lover as fans, thanks to their quirky yearly cat calendars. After the birth of her first child in 2011, Aoki was inspired to start Bamboo By, a line of organic linens for your home, and to green her makeup bag a bit. Here, the Japan-born, New York-based Aoki shares more of her current beauty go-tos.
The DIY Skincare: Mountain Rose Herbs
“Since I became a mother, I have been more interested in using products that are natural and as least toxic as possible. I mainly use homemade lotion, shampoo, and facial products that I make with ingredients from Mountain Rose.”
For more information, visit www.mountainroseherbs.com.
The Essential Libations: Bellocq Tea Atelier
“Since I am pregnant, I can’t have caffeine; this tea is based on a rooibos mix with other herbal ingredients, so I can fully enjoy. It is also a good source of minerals. I am especially a big fan of No. 39, Hindu Holiday.”
For more information, visit www.bellocq.com.
The Spa Reboot: Erbe
“I go to Annie at the Erbe spa for a facial when I need to refresh. She is so knowledgeable and works with her hands in the most gentle way.”
196 Prince Street, NYC; 212-966-1445, www.erbeskincare.com.
The Home Scent: doTERRA
“I recently discovered this essential-oil company called doTERRA. I like their product On Guard, which has prevailing benefits for eliminating unwanted bacteria, viruses, and molds. I use it in my room with the air diffuser to protect and keep a clean atmosphere.”
For more information, visit www.doterra.com.
The Vacation Destination: Domaine de Capelongue
“It’s in the French village of Bonnieux, atop a hill overlooking Provence. They also have an amazing two-star restaurant where the chef uses local seasonal ingredients. I highly recommend going during truffle season.”
For more information, visit www.capelongue.com.
The Reclusive Retreat: Amami Oshima
“My favorite retreat; it’s near Okinawa, in Japan. I like this island because it is rustic, low-key, and maintains a strong local tradition. There is also a much smaller island called Kakeroma, part of Amami Oshima, where there is nothing except nature and warmhearted people.”
For more information, visit www.jnto.go.jp.
The Food to Travel For: French Favorites
“I like to go to Le Baratin and Chapeau Melon in Paris; simple and very fresh ingredients. It reminds me of the Italian and Japanese way, but since it is French food, they use the most unique ingredients.”
For more information, visit www.parisbymouth.com.