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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#110- Women’s power at the L.A. fashion market week!

I was at the L.A. fashion market in downtown L.A. fashion district this week and I talked to many powerful women as usual.

At the California Market Center (CMC), Joanne (who is a VP of CMC) and Audrey (who is a marketing & PR of CMC), at the D&A show, Barbara(who is a co-owner of D&A), at the Star show, Giselle (who is a show director of Star show),at the fashion show Designer Launchpad Runway Show (at the CMC),Frances(who is an owner of Fashion Business Inc./presented the Designer Launchpad Runway Show), at the Liza Stewart Inc., Liza(who is an owner of this showroom at CMC)……..many more.

Especially, I had a great time with a powerful woman, Ms. Liza Stewart (who is an owner of showroom at CMC, Liza Stewart Inc.).

Liza is the one of the veteran California Market Center showroom owner and she is also one of advocate for dropping traditional weekend hours for fashion market week and scheduling buyer meetings Monday through Thursday such as “work week”.

Thanks to Liza, we don’t need to work on weekends for fashion market from now on! In my blog today, I can’t write about details (because my article of this market week is not on the Senken-newspaper/ which is a major Japanese fashion trade newspaper, similar to WWD and California Apparel News/ yet), but I can say that Liza is the most powerful woman of this fashion market week!

Even though Liza was busy for her clients and I didn’t have an appointment with her for the interview (for Senken-newspaper), she took time for me and talked with me. I really appreciate her kindness and her energy.

I enjoyed a great conversation with Liza besides work stuff as well. She told me that her father passed away over two months ago…but she is working and doing well. I really respect her attitude as a person/woman & a professional fashion person.

When my father passed away 16 years ago, I was so sad and couldn’t do anything more than four months, so I told her that “You are such a brave person and good for you!” and she said that, “still, it has been difficult but I also feel empowered and maybe that how I feel him best, with courage to live and live to the fullest every day! ”

Her father was in the fashion business and she worked with him for long time.I am sure that her father is proud of her and happy to see that the “first time work week at the L.A. fashion market week” is working well! May Liza’s father rest in peace.

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I miss Papa (my late father) every day…especially on the father’s day…

This morning, my best friend, Suzie wrote me a nice email, “ Just thinking about you and wanted to say "HI" ...Father's Day is tomorrow and I just wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts.... and Happy Thoughts for Papa : )Love, S ” What a nice friend, I have. I am sure that Papa is watching me and says, “I am glad that you have Suzie to makes you feel safe & fine.” (By the way, Suzie is my father’s favorite girl.)

No matter what, live or die…we all have own father in our heart.

Happy Father’s Day to you all! xoxo

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
June 19, 2010

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#257- SLUT? in L.A.

Do you know about “The Slut”?I mean, “eggslut”?

If you don’t, you will enjoy my column on Senken-Shimbun (major Japanese fashion business newspaper) website.

Here is my translation of my column into English from Japanese.
Enjoy :)

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Published on July 13, 2015 (in Japan)
By Yoko Fujimoto
Writer in Los Angeles

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