Yasuko Furota is a Japanese fashion designer and founder of the clothing brand TOGA.
Yasuko Furota attended Esmode Japan for a year before transferring to Esmode Paris, where she studied intensely and became a self taught designer, using her work in school to help build a foundation for her future work. She stayed in Paris for two and a half years after graduating from Esmode Paris and in 1997 founded the brand TOGA.
She presented her first collection in a showroom in 1997, and caught the attention of many buyers and journalists.
She held her first fashion show in 2001 during the Tokyo Fashion Week for the Autumn-Winter Collections 01-02.
In 2003, Toga was awarded the Mainichi Fashion Awards for its Autumn-Winter 03-04 collection.
In 2004, TOGA opened its first boutique in the Ebisu district of Tokyo. Today, TOGA has over 30 shops all around the world. It is this commercial success that convinced Yasuko to present her 2006 Spring-Summer Collection in Paris during the Paris Women's Pret-a-Porter Fashion Week. For her Spring-Summer 2006 Collection, entitled « Spiral Fantasia »,she assembles and twists, at first incompatible, elements in order to create an elegant, modern and original silhouette.
Distinguished by its exclusive fabrics research and experimental volumes, the Toga silhouette is urban, deconstructed and avant-garde.