Katsu Tanaka



E-Mail: katsu@upliftpdx.com

Web: Kiriko MadeCompound Gallery

Languages: Japanese and English

Born in Japan, Katsu Tanaka started his career as a Vintage Apparel and Sneaker Dealer while he was in college. He expanded his operation to export mid-century furniture, vintage American toys, and housewares. After his graduation, he founded a retail/gallery space, Compound, in 2004 in Portland’s Old Town district. In 2012, he created Kiriko, an original lifestyle brand specializing in vintage Japanese fabrics. Kiriko has been distributed over 50 different retail businesses worldwide and has collaborated with nationally-renowned brands such as J.Crew, Free People, and Filson. Through his 23 years of experience in Portland, and his connections in the creative field, Tanaka founded Uplift PDX to create a portal that provides complete support for Japanese companies tapping into the US market.


Midori Karasawa



Company: STYLE GUIDE ID Company

Languages: Japanese and English

Born and raised in Tokyo Japan, Midori came to Portland to attend the University of Portland. Upon graduation, Midori started her long-term career at Nike in Tokyo and Beaverton. Midori brings a unique perspective to the Portland design community with her creative vision, merchandising expertise, and solid business acumen acquired from 25 years of apparel product marketing/merchandising at NIKE, GAP and Columbia Sportswear. 

Over the years, she has developed strong expertise and passion in how consumers engage with brands through captivating retail experiences and how environmental design plays a key role in establishing that relationship. In 2016, she founded her own design firm offering a full-service commercial interior design services focusing on retail and restaurant. Her firm approaches the environment design starting from brand identity development and integrates the brand DNA into interiors to ensure brand identity is kept intact throughout the design process and the interiors reflect the brand and create an emotional connection with customers. 


Jason Sturgill


Profile: Jason is a freelance illustrator based in Portland, Oregon working on everything from editorial illustrations to apparel graphics, as well as branding & packaging. When he’s not drawing you can find him either teaching illustration and graphic design at Portland State University or at an estate sale hunting for illustrated ephemera with his wife and son. Before drawing became his full time profession he worked as a graphic designer for Nike SB and Nike 6.0 in both apparel and brand design. Jason also spent several years at both Wieden+Kennedy and Dark Horse Comics. Some of his clients include Jamie Oliver Magazine, Poler, The Portland Mercury, The Quiet Life and Widmer Brothers Brewing.