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GUEST OF HONOR: Vivienne Tam made her first visit to Japan in five years to take part in Tokyo Fashion Week and celebrate her 15th anniversary of doing business in the country. “It’s really exciting,” Tam said at an event Wednesday night that included a runway show of her fall collection.. “The energy in the room was incredible. It felt really empowering, and made me want to come here more often to be with my fans.”

The designer said Japan is currently her largest market and her business here continues to expand with her local partner Sanei. More store openings are planned for later this year.

This story first appeared in the March 20, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Tam said that whenever she visits Tokyo, she is always inspired by the way Japanese women dress. “They’re very interesting. They love to mix things together,” she said. “They’re so wild and revolutionary, and I love that.”

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