Considered Objects is a studio that creates limited editions through an exploration of meaningful design, handcrafted elements, and art. A research clothing project intended to revive the culture of connection, gratitude, and care for clothing, the people, and the resources that create them.Considered Objects introduces a new dressing culture by reimagining the application and experience of wearing a handcrafted kimono curated from historical eras and advanced to future ones. Each creation is one of a kind, handcrafted through conservation and a design-led process, using recovered vintage kimonos from the early to mid 20th century that has been uniquely developed into custom textiles.
Sara selects each kimono for its beauty, legacy and originates from personal collections and vintage sellers in Kyoto, Tokyo, and other cities in Japan. Every component and detail of the kimono is respected and documented from its original form as it is transformed into a timeless creation. Due to the limited width of the kimono panels (approx. 35-37 cm), each piece is carefully engineered, maintaining the integrity of both pattern and form while being mindful of excess.
While embracing this zero-waste philosophy, Sara devotes an inordinate amount of time and labor by gently unpicking threads from the discarded kimono and assembles by hand the textile panels and remnants into unique patchwork creations, while keeping elements of the original hand-made seams. Sara’s creative practice is based on an exploration through research, experimentation, and hand-sewn techniques that make the project very personal, meaningful, and sensitive. Every creation holds special meaning, from the kimono textile, silhouette and construction. This slow and artisanal approach makes each garment unique, and any idiosyncrasies or imperfections are considered a precious mark of origin and time.
Every Considered Objects piece preserves the kimono textile, time-honored traditions, and history. All creations are meant to be sustainable, genderless, functional, and comfortable; they are imbued with a soul and beauty that illustrate this visual narrative of timelessness. Communicating the inherent value in an object and encouraging treasuring the piece to pass down from generation to generation is our goal made in the hands of Considered Objects.
Born in Los Angeles to Japanese parents, Sara Sakanaka moved to New York in 2003 to pursue her fashion design studies. Throughout her career, Sara has been privileged to collaborate with artisans across various mediums. Drawn to the practice of preserving traditions passed down from generation to generation and upholding the values of craft, quality, and craftsmanship, Sara now creates objects that convey specific feelings and values, explore the depths of the creative process, all of which led to the birth of Considered Objects, in 2020.
As Founder and Designer of Considered Objects, Sara launched with a limited edition, hand-numbered offering of repurposed vintage kimono shirts. The studio is based in New York City.