Dear fashion lovers, enthusiasts, shakers, and makers,
Welcome to fafafoom.com! My name is Mira Musank and fashion is my hobby.
I moved to San Francisco Bay Area several years ago and I currently work full-time as a product manager at a start-up. I’m a big fan of Japanese RPGames and I have a great range of hobbies; it just happens that many of them are fashion-related. I love to enjoy the quirky beauty of SF Bay Area fashion landscape, appreciate beautiful garments or accessories, as well as get immensely inspired by the creative DIYers online. I also like to travel every once so often to experience new things and enjoy life more.
These so-called “hobbies” end up becoming a great set of learning experience. Doing fashion reviews and DIY projects greatly challenge me to go outside of the box. It’s so fun, exciting and rewarding. Because if not for these, I won’t get to learn to write, edit pictures, meet and connect with new awesome people, and learn so much about sewing! I love my hobbies and that’s why I want to share them with you :)
Therefore, by publishing the documentations of my personal learning experience, I hope to inspire other people to enjoy life outside of work, continue learning outside of school, and keep inspiring those around you!
Fafafoom.com is currently run by the two of us:
The writer for all fafafoom posts, photo editor, sewing beginner and documenter of all the DIY Projects. I’m still looking for the next great Japanese RPGs to play (old habits die hard) and the next country(ies) to visit while juggling the stories to write and planning the next set of DIY projects.
The gifted photographer, most notably for all of the featured fashion shows on fafafoom.com. Also known as my husband :) He seldom does post-production editing due to his perfectionist nature (and I am an impatient person), however you can see his beautiful photography on Flickr.
Notice: All the pictures featured here are protected under Creative Commons license. They can only be used with prior consent from us and have to be linked back to fafafoom.com. Commercial use of any material is forbidden. If you’d like to use our pictures, please email us.
The main categories for fafafoom.com are:
San Francisco Bay Area has a uniquely beautiful fashion landscape and there is no shortage of talents. We go to local fashion shows and cover the designers that help put San Francisco on the fashion map. Tuan Tran (his designs are pictured left), Danielle Pettee and Shai White, Scott Ian McFarland, Brandon Murphy, and Ken Chen are among the rising stars.
We explore San Francisco Bay Area emerging designers fashion shows, including student fashion shows from Academy of Art University, Art Institute of California – San Francisco, and California College of the Arts.
Sometimes opportunities arise and we got invited to emerging designers fashion show in NYC, so we write about them, too.
It’s hard not to get inspired when browsing the latest fashion week coverages, shopping, observing people’s street style, or viewing tons of DIY projects out there. I like shopping for new clothes and accessories, but sometimes it’s a lot more fun and rewarding to try make your own one-of-a-kind pieces. The fact that I’m a sewing novice just makes each projects that much more challenging and exciting at the same time.
My oxford fabric shoes (pictured right) has received the most compliments whenever I wear them. Moreover, my tulle puff hair accessory and scarf top with kimono sleeves are also my DIY project highlights.
Other favorite projects are found on Koko Yamase’s Kakkoii Couture Remake book and Tomoko Nakamichi’s Pattern Magic series. Sometimes we’re also goofing around and do just-for-fun photography projects.
I have loved Japan and its culture since I was very, very little. In particular, its fashion and the psychology behind it continue to mesmerize me. We got to visit Japan in March 2013 and were instantly in awe of Tokyo men’s fashion.
We are lucky that Japantown in San Francisco (one of the three remaining Japantowns in the US) hosts great fashionable events, especially the annual JPop Summit Festival San Francisco celebrations. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Harajuku Kawaii event, h. Naoto fashion show (pictured left), Baby The Stars Shine Bright gothic lolita fashion competition, Liz Lisa fashion contest are part of what makes San Francisco fashion scene genuinely special for me.
Sometimes I have the persistent urge to share stories, but they don’t fit into any of the aforementioned categories. There are many brilliant entrepreneurs and fashion makers; people who confidently lead the way, bravely follow their passion, and inspire us. Featuring Jill Milan brand (pictured right), Betabrand, SNOBSWAP, Handbago.com, and events such as Ahead of the Fashion on fashion start-uppers have been amazing.
Some of them work behind-the-scene in fashion industry, such as Ava Byrd of ByrdSong Production, some are inspiring Japanese actors such as Rome Kanda. Just talking to these inspiring people rejuvenate my spirit and bring me up whenever I’m down, so thank you muses, for you are wonderful.
Of course, being inspired is not complete until you go out there to see the world, experience new things, and open yourself more. I love traveling, but we don’t get to do it too often. Nevertheless, these are mytravel stories,
Some of them are my personal thoughts, like my one-and-only encounter with Endeavour and MUJI event.
Moreover, I have always love the art of dance and dancers, so when Lalola closed its doors for good , the monthly flamenco performances (pictured left) folded as well and it broke my heart. (Fortunately, shortly after, they have found a new place at BASK!)
So there you have it. Thank you for visiting fafafoom.com, and I hope you leave feeling inspired every time you visit. If you’d like, sound off below to say hi!