Roop Shimura was raised in Tokyo and got into fashion because he wanted to look good. The 23-year-old said that when he was 14, he used to re-make clothing because there was nothing he wanted to buy in the shops. “The first thing I made was a jacket. I was self-taught,” he said. Now he has a team of five but remains the sole designer. Shimura uses manufacturers to produce the pieces, but they also make some items themselves. The name comes from “the connection in the universe”, and his plans are simply to “always create.” Shimura believes it’s best to sell his designs “in my own shop, but it will be good to stock at other shops too.” Citing Vivienne Westwood as an inspiration, he’s really happy to show his collection on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week.