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“What an incredible feeling, to be inspired by compassion. To experience culture. To desire innovation.”

Cynthia K. Sakai

Cynthia Kozue Sakai is a celebrated designer known for creating iconic designs that honor tradition and innovation. Her philosophy is simple: Create beautiful objects and share the stories behind them.

In 2009, Cynthia was given a stunning gold bracelet from a friend who had visited Florence. This gift sparked her first trip to Italy where she met the local artisan that had handcrafted the bracelet in a small boutique nestled on the Ponte Vecchio. It was here that she learned her first Italian words“vita”(life)and“fede”(faith)which would later became the foundation for Vita Fede.

As a Japanese American, Cynthia grew up in California and her world view was uniquely influenced by her parents whose careers spanned architecture and luxury fashion.They encouraged her intuitive sense of global design and entrepreneurship, and she launched her first accessories line--Girlboy by Koco--when she was just 18 years old. At 21, she opened a multi-brand fashion showroom in Los Angeles selling to high-end specialty and department stores. Her trip to Italy only affirmed her design passions and inspired her to further refine her global design perspective. 

Cynthia was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America(CFDA)in 2014 and continues to receive accolades for her now-iconic designs that celebrate tradition and innovation.