Yoon Ahn

Meet the designer who made Tokyo her home, then took the city’s grunge-chic aesthetic to Dior—and the world.

Issue 32

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Design

“I really love this city. Tokyo is always moving, always shifting.”

“Everything in life is always preparing me for something bigger,” says the designer Yoon Ahn, tying back her mermaid-length champagne-blond hair, and settling into a chair after wrapping up a morning photo shoot. She has just flown back home to Tokyo from a family trip to Honolulu—a rare vacation in a calendar that keeps the 41-year-old travelling the world. Along with her commitments to Ambush—her phenomenon of a streetwear brand—she has countless collaborations and a post since last year as Dior Homme’s jewelry designer. To the highly determined Ahn, achievements stack like a ladder that can then be climbed.

Born in Korea, raised in the Seattle suburbs and a graduate of Boston University, Ahn moved to Tokyo in 2003 with the rapper Verbal (real name Young-Kee Yu), her futur...

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