Reincarnation by Allison Izu

Yu Shing Ting
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Wednesday - July 19, 2006

Allison Izu Nagato never thought her childhood hobby of making clothes would become a career. But now, at 29, she has a full line of trendy tops for men and women, and is currently designing a full ready-to-wear collection for spring 2007.

“I used to take my Barbie’s clothes and cut it up and make it into something different,” she recalls. “Ever since elementary school, I would make my own clothes. I would take a piece that I already had and change it up or add to it.”

After graduating from Sacred Hearts Academy in 1994, Nagato enrolled in the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she won the Anthony Muto Critic’s Award.

Her women’s line, called Reincarnation by Allison Izu, features vintage-inspired tops that are all hand-made and one-of-a-kind. There’s also a men’s line called Sacred Surf Company, which features a variety of screenprinted T-shirts.

“My women’s tops are embellished with vintage fabrics,” she says. “That’s why it’s called Reincarnation — it’s bringing new life to something vintage.”

Nagato’s interest in fashion and style can be partially credited to her mom, Jerri, who owns a jewelry line called J.N. Treasures (also featured here).

For more information or to purchase clothing from Reincarnation by Allison Izu and Sacred Surf Company, visit

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