OLIVELA Q&A
Style. Conscious

Cynthia K. Sakai

CEO and Designer, Vita Fede
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My daily ritual includes ...
Waking up with my French bulldog puppies, @oliviaandken. Next, a quick meditation and Nespresso, which is essential to my morning routine. Taking a minute to myself before a crazy day of meetings and design is necessary to keep a level head.
I am grateful for ...
The little things in life. It doesn’t necessarily have to be this grand gesture moment, just appreciating that each day is a blessing.
I wish more people could feel ...
That contributing to the world is more important than taking.
My favorite way to give includes ...
My VF Family! We serve together at The Bowery Mission as a team, bringing us closer together to our community, as well as each other.
If I could walk in someone else's path, it would have to be ...
My grandmother, Yasue. I always enjoy visiting whenever I’m in Japan.
The easiest way to connect with others is ...
Recognizing our similarities. You'd be surprised how much we have in common with each other. We're all human!
The biggest misconception about fashion designers is ...
That we do what we do for fame. Creating is what I was born to do, not a career I sought after for the spotlight.
When I think sustainability, I imagine ...
That everything we do has a purpose. We're working on packaging that can be used and displayed long after you've opened the box—nothing should be rubbish.
My biggest truth is ...
Have faith in the universe.
The intention I set for myself is ...
To create an environment where others can be inspired.
... and for my company ...
To flourish by staying true to ourselves.
My personal passion is ...
Vintage hunting and photography. I travel for work six months out of the year, so it has become quite an obsession. I love to incorporate these hidden gems into my other passion, interior design. Each piece has a memorable story behind it.
One cause I wish everyone knew about ...
ASPCA, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. My last dog, Faith, was a rescue and brought me joy for over 17 years. Love can be found in the strangest places, you just have to look around!
MY GOLDEN RULE IS…
“One should seek for others the happiness one desires for oneself.”
— Cynthia K. Sakai
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