More than fashion, all about Japan — that could be the slogan of the next Stierblut event this month.

"I Love Art, Tattoo and Fashion,” the title of the upcoming spring party that will be held on May 9 at Stierblut, well known store for men's and women's fashion in Munich, is a Japanese-inspired affair. Part of the program is an exhibit of art by Nata Lee Hahn, who grew in Hong Kong. In her works of art she offers reflections of Asia through various portraits of people and landscapes. In addition to acrylics she also produces Japanese woodprints. One highlight of the event will be live Japanese tattooing.

Japanese tattoo is a form of storytelling. It has its own style and also a long tradition. Formerly those tattoos were used to stigmatize criminals; today they are more like art.

A fundraising campaign will round off the event schedule. The staff of Stierblut, students of international fashion school Esmod and members of KARE Design GmbH have each designed a sculpture of koi carp (short form for Japanese nishikigoi). Each sculpture is unique and creative, and proceeds will be donated to a good cause. Asian-inspired catering will complete the offering.

Stierblut is well known for its assortment of newcomer and established designers for women and men and its sideline events. "I Love Art, Tattoo and Fashion" is part of a series developed successfully by Reihenhaus Brand Design & Communication that started with “I Love.…” The first campaign called “I Love Myself” was promoted with T-shirts that sold excellently.

—Melanie Gropler