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About Us

About

Dragon 88 is debuting its newest venture: Jetsetter Smart Coats on Kickstarter coming soon. For Kiyo Ohara, our designer and founder, this is an exciting return to her New York fashion roots.  

Dragon 88 designs a luxury fashion collection of decor that is sold online to select e-commerce sites and hotels. As a design firm, Dragon 88 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. Current projects are: W Hotel Philadelphia, Monaco Pittsburgh, Avalon Hotel Chicago.

THE HISTORY

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. Looking for new challenges, Kiyo saw a void in the market for functional fashion coats and travel coats and is now introducing the new collection of Jetsetter Smart Coats.

MADE IN THE USA

The new Smart Coats will be Made in the USA, in keeping with the company's mission to try and maintain production in the country. Dragon 88's luxury collection of pillows and throws with furniture is 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. 

THE DREAMER

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 retail merchant and product developer at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, and Associated Merchandising Corporation, 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. 

 

Dragon 88  1764 Glendon Avenue  Los Angeles CA 90024  310.474.8931  info@dragon88.com