Eric Chandler, Takeo Kobayashi
As a haole from Washington state, Eric Chandler made Hawai'i his home more than 20 years ago. He attended University of Hawai'i at Hilo and continued his education at Hawai'i Pacific University. With the start of 2Couture, merged retail design projects with pageant production, including several years directing the Narcissus Queen Pageant and Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Pageant . Another professional high point for Eric has been his work on behalf of teh Hawai'i Convention and Vistors Bureau, winning every design award possible during travels to 15 countries. Also a fashion designer, Eric has won the designer of the Year award and is known for elegant and elaborate creations. Eric is particularly appreciative of the associations and experiences that arise from his career, supporting aspiring pageant contestants and young talent and working with the team who make the pageants happen.
Takeo Kobayashi was born in Japan and has studied art in California, Tokyo and Paris where the world of art and design are present in every aspect of life. From a young child he remembers the brush connected to his small fingers as he practiced each brush stroke mastering the art of calligraphy.
The future held a series of over 24 awards and prompted a personal search for a perfect world. Takeo was to find his perfect world in a move to Hawaii that was the beginning of an impressive career as a celebrated designer and fine artist.