River Takada-Capel was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Carrboro, NC. River went to Haywood Community College for Professional Crafts in Textile Fibers located in Western North Carolina. Here she learned the many processes of textile design like weaving, screen printing, and hand dyeing with natural dyes, and she continued to excel in her life-long passion for sewing. River is the designer and creator behind RIVTAK (www.rivtak.com) a clothing, jewelry, and home goods line made completely of up-cycled materials, vintage and factory remnants. River practices an Eco.Eco business model: ecological and economical. River enjoys sharing techniques on how to upcycle found materials to kids and adults alike. River currently sells at 5 stores and prints fabric at Spoonflower in Durham, NC.