My idea started when I was a high school student and wanted to buy leather wallet.
At the time these were very expensive approx $300 ~ $400. Something i could not afford. As a child I loved arts and crafts. It was then i started to think instead of buying the wallet. I could make my very own.
After leaving high school, around 2013 I traveled for a year, visiting Africa, South America and the Asias. This experience was so amazing and inspiring that it reconfirmed my goal to become a designer.
Upon my return home to Japan, I began collecting the tools i would need to start crafting. My first port of call was to see what items I could find around the house. I would then watch hours of videos on the internet learning little by little. 5 years have passed since I started learning to craft leather. It is now my full time job. I get a lot of fulfillment from making my own product and then selling it to customers making them happy too.
I do not like the idea of mass-production and mass-consumption as it leads to a lof of waste. My own philosophy in life is we do not need a lot to live happily.
My work studio is in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. Sakyo-ku is a very culturally rich part of Kyoto with a lot of positive and creative energy. This is why I choose to be based here.
The leather that i use is Vegetable-tanned leather. It is supple and brown in color, with the exact shade varying. It is the only form of leather suitable for use in leather carving or stamping.
As it is not stable in water; it tends to discolor, giving it a ageing look. So if left to soak and then dried it shrinks and becomes more durable. Also by polishing the leather it gives it a more smooth and glossy finish. Historically, it was occasionally used as Armour after hardening, and it has also been used for book binding.
The design is traditional japaneese‘Kitaura’ – meaning hand stitched.