Ari Takata-Vasquez

Founder and Creative Director

Viscera

Ari is the founder of Viscera, an all American-made minimalist clothing and 3D printed jewelry brand. She is also the creative director of Viscera’s sister company, Viscera Studio– a small business focused design studio helping entrepreneurs to visualize beautiful ideas. In 2014, Ari opened Viscera’s brick and mortar shop in the heart of Downtown Oakland with the goal of creating a design and community-focused space. Ari is passionate about the intersections of cities, economic development, and design. Using her background in architecture and city planning, Ari is a strong advocate for the positive change mission-driven businesses can create in their communities. She currently is focused on ways for retail to act as an economic engine for equitable growth and through community investment and neighborhood activation.