In 2008, the Mai Hiro brand was created as a joint venture when Nakanari came in contact with a local Orlando artist; Soujohn. Since then the brand’s focus has been on strong character design and illustrations. While welcoming all opportunities for collaborations with other artists and companies Mai Hiro’s vision is to bring its unique and innovative style to all possible forms of media.
The world of Mai Hiro is full of unique patterns and bright colors which help our creations take on their own interesting lives and storylines. Each of their original characters has an imaginative background story and adventures that allow us to express a full range of ideas. Nakanari serves as project and creative director with brand collaboration in toy design. While Soujohn serves as the brand art director and PR rep.
In 2012 the Maihiro Team added new talent to their crew. Nico, Susan Lee and Devon. Maihiro has been constantly working with well know brands like: Kidrobot, Gibson Guitar, BOBLBEE, SE Bike, Velocity Wheels, GoodWood NYC, Puff Nation and many more.
Larnna Thompson, Editor
Born and raised in Orlando, Larnna (pronounced la-na) attended West Orange High School, where she met her husband, and then went on to complete her Bachelors degree in Radio/Television: Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central Florida. She is a mother to a beautiful little girl and adorable fur baby. In her free time, Larnna enjoys attending live concerts, singing, writing, baking, and trying new restaurants. You can see many of her food posts, and more, on her Instagram, @dessertforyoursenses.