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"I love architecturally elegant shapes. This has allowed me to create a line of clothing and accessories that resonates with everyday elegance. "

Growing up in a Caribbean family, Takara was encouraged to be creative with color and shapes. Once she began collecting seashells and converting them into beautiful jewelry, local boutiques started to take notice. The captivating architectural shapes of her materials created a natural rhythm. With the addition of imported glass and other materials, the signature look of Takara Designs was created.

Takara's apparel collection is characterized by bold, sophisticated layering—a versatile lagenlook with multiple uses. The shape and rhythm of her pieces are inspired by the beautiful shape of the human body. She generally uses natural fibers in the spring and summer seasons. Her accessories, created from stainless steel and imported materials, perfectly complement her clothing collection. They pair well together.

Takara's Caribbean designs go back several generations, inspired in part by her great uncle, whose designs are still being worn on the islands. She was born with the gift of design, and her training came naturally as she explored the creative possibilities of natural materials such as shells, twigs, and shore glass.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Museum Of Science and Industry, IL, Chicago, 2001
I. Magnin, Chicago, IL, 1992-1993
Bullocks Dept. Store, Los Angeles, CA, 1998-1999
Sears, Chicago, IL, 2002-2004
TAKARA Boutique, Oak Park, IL, 2000-2014