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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised—But It Will Be Bottled


These days, movie stars, R&B songstresses, and pop divas are the usual inspirations for fragrance, which is why a scent surrounding anyone else is somewhat refreshing—especially if the muse in question is the Japanese Red Army’s “Black Widow,” Fusako Shigenobu. The infamous female terrorist, who was believed to be in exile in Lebanon for many years after orchestrating some of the group’s most violent political statements in the 1970′s, compelled artist Anicka Yi and architect Maggie Peng to create Shigenobu Twilight—a yuzu root, shiso leaf, and cedarwood eau that uses essences from both Shigenobu’s place of birth and her place of refuge for a unique and aromatic scent. The perfume debuted last December and has subsequently been featured in two installations, including curator Margaret Lee’s Today and Everyday at X Initiative this summer. After being picked up by United Bamboo, it’s back in the spotlight. The sculptural flacons, each of which is made from hand-cut raw cedarwood (no two are alike), are currently being featured on the clothing brand’s Web site, alongside the cat calendar we mentioned last month and the olive fishtail parka we are currently coveting. It’s quickly becoming the one-stop shopping destination for all of our gift-giving needs.

Photo: Courtesy of United Bamaboo