Born and raised in Los Angeles, I grew up playing competitive basketball from AAU into college. It was through my love of the game, in particular the dynamic culture surrounding it, that led me to start thinking deeply about design. Seeing my favorite athletes shape a broader social conversation through their manner of dress and assertive self-expression, I found myself drawn to design as a cultural force. On family trips to Japan, I was introduced to Japanese culture and design. These experiences informed my understanding of aesthetics, exposing me to more than just Western notions of beauty from back home.