Ricori is the fashion brand started by Mariko Shinoda of AKB48. It is amazing what a brilliant mind can do when it is put to good use. However, when you are so tired and worn out all you want to do is relax. We have all been there at one point or another. Well, I am done relaxing and I am going to present some new information. This is a good piece of news. AKB48 vocalist Mariko Shinoda who recently resigned from her position as mayor of Fukuoka’s administrative ward, has now taken her talents to the fashion side. On February 27, the singer was in attendance at an opening event for her fashion line called Ricori and it was an event for her very first store! Shinoda walked down the runway wearing clothes for the fashion line that she started!
I’m sure that she is really excited since this is a milestone for her. Shinoda explained that it was always her intention to start a fashion brand well before she entered AKB48 and that she went to a fashion school for this reason. Mariko Shinoda has spent over ten years working on designs and she has a whopping 1,000 designs in stock! And Shinoda designed all the clothing for this brand by herself. She really knows how to make herself skilled and marketable, something that people all around the world will need to compete in the changing global economy. But that is a different topic that won’t be discussed on this site. Here is one photo of the gorgeous Mariko in this white dress. it is from http://aitoda.blogspot.com.
In addition to the Ricori store in Tokyo, Shinoda will open two stores in Osaka on March 8 and March 15. When she was asked whether she would open stores overseas, she said that if she were to do that, she would open up a store in Hawaii. But she said that first she wants to concentrate on making her store a success in Japan. She also is open to the possibility of starting a fashion show, stating that there are AKB48 members that would love to take part in this so she is ready to help make that a reality. Mariko Shinoda was featured on the website http://www.japanator.com as an Idol of the week on May 27, 2012.
Update: Mariko Shinoda graduated or left AKB48 on July 22, 2013 after spending 7.5 years as a member of the group. During the summer of 2013, she also starred in a commercial for Mentholatum’s Lip Fondue which aired on August 3, 2013. In that commercial, she was seen wearing a nurse’s outfit to go along with a cap.