NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
grew up in Tokyo.
He graduated from one of Tokyo's finest fashion
colleges, Bunka Fashion College; where fashion designer
Yohji Yamamoto graduated.
After moving to New York in 2003, he has had the
opportunity to assist top stylist such as; Michael
Philouze and Joe Mckenna, shooting for publications;
Italian Vogue, Japan Vogue, French Vogue, and V Magazine
to mention just a few.
years of assisting established stylists Hissa decided
that it was time to launch out on his own.
Hissa sense of styling can be described as
raw, sexy, but soft.
Not many stylists can pull off this certain look
without making it a boring repeat.
In this interview Hissa shares with us his love
for what he does.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Can you tell me what made you decide to become a fashion
I don’t remember the reason so much; because I wanted to
become stylist since I was kid. My
mother was working @ clothing shop in country side of
Japan and visited often there. Maybe that is the reason.
EFM: Launching out on your own in 2007
as a fashion stylist, did you find it challenging at
I didn’t feel it was challenging.
I was freelance assistant, so I started my
split your time between New York and Tokyo; can you tell
me the difference between the ‘fashion trends’?
It’s so different fashion trends/ style bet Tokyo & New York City.
People buy / like lot of
expensive clothing, accessories, etc in Tokyo. They love
new designers, crazy things, interesting design, etc.
Its kind of competition on street.(who has more
expensive or interesting clothing etc....) ( each family
has at least one Louis Vuitton items ) , so I think
people become little bit blind what is important for own
style. People in New York City think about personal style
more...... some of them are interesting, but most are
EFM: In New York do you find
it hard to break into the fashion industry vs. New York?
I don’t feel so much, I had experience to do stylist
assistant for a year in Tokyo and 3, 4 years in NYC. So
In NYC is more comfortable to work for me.
I could find
better photographers in NYC, but my style is bit
different from American stylists, so I’m still dealing
EFM: You worked for a few publications; can you tell me
your most memorable moment?
Yes.... Indian story for A4 magazine was interesting
memory. It was in 2007 and spend 3days for shoot.
1st day in Manhattan, 2nd day in New Jersey, (couldn’t
find good location after police came and stop shooting)
and studio on 3rd day... we got so much motivation!
After this shoot , my name spread in industry.
How important is it to have an agent?
For me, they are very important.
New York City. My English
is not perfect and I need someone who can deal
everything for me.
When you first launched out on your own, did you find it
hard to obtain ‘paid job’ as a fashion stylist?
Yes, editorial shoot doesn’t pay so much.... it
was little hard to get paid job. I started with
small catalog, etc. but soon, I went back to Tokyo and
got agent. Then started getting job regularly.
EFM: What do you think it takes to
have a great ‘eye catching’ portfolio?
Never think about this, I just do something I like....
Describe your personal style?
Very simple. Jeans,
t-shirts, sneakers or boots. I like normal myself, most
of clothing I have are black.
EFM: How does one start a career as
a fashion stylist?
Find a photographer who has same
vision, motivation. And just keep shooting!
EFM: What advice can you give to
aspiring fashion stylists?
Please have confidence, and just do your best ;)
Interview by Rochell “E” James