Designer Tomoaki Okaniwa, a graduate from Tokyo University of the Arts, began his creative universe with painting and later developed his art into fashion. The Viridi-anne label was born in 2000. It focuses on clean lines and subtle details, while still being highly complex. Okaniwa's collection is decidedly Japanese in design, with European influences. It's functional, moody, and expressive, and balances the conceptual nature of design with its practicality and wearability.