Manonik is a New York-based art-design studio amalgamating purpose, critical thinking, and craftsmanship. Guided by Mother Nature, Manonik handcrafts one-of-a-kind humanistic garments using the finest and purposeful materials curated locally and internationally. Manonik is the result of critical explorations with materials and textile-making techniques. Through collaborations with small groups of artisans and independent farmers and mills, all materials are crafted to the highest standard of comfort and durability. Every garment, handcrafted for life, is an artistic expression and a showcase of craftsmanship. Yoshiyuki, the artist-designer behind the brand, pours an inordinate amount of time and labor, handcrafting and altering each fabric to single-handedly breathe life into each garment. Manonik represents an alternative approach to clothing, offering genderless, sustainable luxury wear for those seeking beauty, freedom, and comfort beyond the norm.
His work has been recognized by the Museum of Arts and Design and the Textile Arts Center through their residencies.
At the studio, process conceives all designs. Manonik independently developed a weaving technique, three-dimensional pattern weaving, where components of a garment are woven on the loom as volumes, rather than cutting patterns out of a flat cloth. Humanism and spontaneity permeate the processes, celebrating imperfections in the weave, respecting inconsistencies in natural dyeing and painting, and allowing forms to take shape organically without patterns when crocheting. When a garment is constructed from a traditional, single layer of cloth, the technique of zero-waste patterning is utilized to use the cloth in its entirety. The processes employed at Manonik reflect the studio’s commitment to critical design and sustainability, taking into account all possible steps of production from farming, to processing of raw materials, all the way through production, to the life of its creations.