Dragon 88 is a design firm that specializes in collaborating with some of the biggest design firms in the world to manufacture their aesthetic visions for hotel interiors. Dragon 88's hotel client roster is prestigious having started with the W Hotels when the company debuted its line at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. The company is on the preferred list of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts which includes the W Hotels, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills; and the preferred list of the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group: Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Nine Zero Hotel Boston, Dallas Palomar, Hotel Palomar San Francisco, Hotel Rouge, Hotel Marlowe Boston. Some of Dragon 88's project highlights are: W Hotel Hollywood, Trump Beach Walk Waikiki, Viceroy Snowmass, Melrose Hotel Washington DC, Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC, Hyatt Islandia San Diego, Westin Portland, Hotel Deluxe Portland and restaurants: Katsuya, XIV and furniture and pillows for store interiors: Nordstrom. Current projects are the Marriott Courtyard New York Midtown East 3rd Street, Marriott Courtyard New York Manhattan 5th Avenue, the Cypress Hotel Cupertino, and the Hotel Deca Seattle.
Kiyo Ohara created Dragon 88 in Los Angeles. The collection was focused in furniture with pillow and throw accents. Dragon 88 was jury selected to attend the ICFF New York Show and a new High Design area at High Point, the biggest furniture show in the world. The company's business model at the time was focused on retail and their first clients were Bloomingdales and Marshall Fields. Their first hospitality customer, the W Hotel launched them into their primary business working with hospitality.
MADE IN THE USA
Dragon 88's collection is a luxury line of pillows and throws with furniture all made in Los Angeles. The designs embrace beautiful textiles with a focus on texture and color with most of the fabrics produced with domestic mills. Dragon 88 is known for sourcing special techniques and novelty trims with most being domestic: laser cut designs, embroidery patterns, novelty stitching, flocking, heat transfers, fringe, rhinestones, and feathers are the most popular. Digital printing is a growing domestic business for Dragon 88 with customized prints produced for clients with the end product made into pillows or furniture. Dragon 88 collaborates with other manufacturers that are client's favorites in both soft goods and furniture for hospitality projects.
Kiyo Ohara is the driving force behind Dragon 88 with strong roots in fashion. She was mentored by some of fashion's most influential as a product development and retail merchant at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendels, and Associated Merchandising Corporation which was the largest buying office for department stores in the world at the time. Kiyo worked and met most of the fashion elite while starting her buying career working for Larry Wilsman in the European Designer Collections at Saks.
She moved into wholesale and manufacturing as the Vice President of Merchandising at Esprit where she merchandised and managed an $800 million business. Kiyo started her own consultancy called Icon Marketing Inc. during the New York digital boom. One highlight was working with the Carsey-Werner Company on "3rd Rock from the Sun" as the Creative Producer. It was the first site to have original content by Bonnie and Terry Turner, the show writers.
Prior to working, Kiyo has a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Communications and Art from Syracuse University and a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from Hofstra University. Kiyo also studied abroad at University of Strasbourg, France.
Kiyo's parents are a big influence in her life. Her parents met at a school dance when they were sixteen in Hawaii and it was love at first site. Her dad is a brainiac and has a PHD in English Literature; she was raised on Shakespeare and Tolstoy. Her love of film was from her father who besides teaching English Literature taught a film course at Alfred University and ran the local theatre. Kiyo's mother was up for the Olympics and would have competed for the diving and breast stroke events if the games had not been cancelled due to WWII. Her mother was an excellent cook so her foodie roots started here.
Kiyo was always active in fundraising for community causes and charities. In her small hometown of Alfred, New York, her high school class raised enough money to open a youth center above the police station. Her favorite charity is Project Angel Food in Los Angeles, an organization that provides meals to 12,000 sick people a week.