bought myself a comfortable cotton mens’ yukata

admiring the architecture and all the greens

avoiding google maps and getting lost in the many narrow streets

enjoying the pink sunsets, here seen from asakusa

Maria Van Nguyen


shopping in tokyo

Sneaker shopping in Harajuku

My shopping ban ended in June – just in time for my trip to Tokyo. I can’t not shop when in Tokyo, can you blame me? I’m hoping to find something nice from a Japanese designer and a fun souvenir like a t-shirt or kimono. Perhaps some sneakers as well? Other than that I’d like to find some cute housewares and stationary 

Maria Van Nguyen


tadao and issey

1. Tokyo is amazing (and huge) 2. Everywhere I look there is something pretty. Their general aesthetic is so quiet and warm 3. People are very friendly and polite :)

I’ve been to Tokyo for five days now and finally – it’s the weekend!!
I’ll have time to fully explore now that I’m off from my internship and my list of to do’s is looong.
Thank you guys for your tips! I received some great lists on e-mail too, I can’t wait to check them all out! :)

I won’t be able to update the blog as much as I would want to because I don’t want to stay inside my apartment when Tokyo is outside waiting for me! But, I update my instagram daily @vnyen, and I will make a huge Tokyo post when the trip is over :)

Above are pictures from 21_21 Design Sight, one of many museums in Tokyo that I’ve been wanting to visit. This museum is created by architect Tadao Ando and fashion designer Issey Miyake. The building itself is beautiful and the current exhibition requires visitors’ movement for the installments to work – it’s very fun and playful :) Definitely enjoyed this one!

Maria Van Nguyen


things to do in tokyo

Hi guys! I was wondering if any of you have been to Tokyo? (Or Kyoto and Osaka.)
If so, please let me know if you have any recommendations! :) I know nothing about the city and I’m so curious to explore eeverything. ~~ :)

Maria Van Nguyen


nature feels

part I part II It’s been a pretty rainful summer in Oslo but we still managed to spend a few slow and lazy days on the beach.

Maria Van Nguyen


internship in 日本 !

A few weeks ago I went to an office in Greenwich Village with an updated portfolio in my hands. The day after I received an e-mail saying I was accepted as an Intern at Uniqlo in Tokyo. T O K Y O ! ! I’ve never been to Japan before but it has always been on the top of my list of places I have to go; now I get the opportunity to both work and live there for a little while!

I’ve only had one internship earlier, it was at The Row, one of my favourite brands. I’m excited to see and learn how they work as they are very different companies. What I’m most happy about is that I get to work for a company that has a philosophy that I can align with. More than anything, Uniqlo believes in timeless and easy clothes that are meant for everyday and that’s exactly what I want to create as well! :) Plus, now that Christophe Lemaire is releasing his collaboration with Uniqlo this fall it only reassures my excitement to work with them.

See you soon Tokyo!! 

Maria Van Nguyen
Maria Van Nguyen

Hi. My name is Maria and I'm a 25 year old girl from Oslo currently living in New York.

I'm a designer that appreciates the basics and essentials, and I aim to create comfortable, wearable and easy clothing for everyday life.

I'm into simplicity, hip hop, r&b and people with good vibes. Aay ~

Inquiries: maria(a)

Instagram: vnyen