Industrial Tourism in Japan
H. Katsukawa Designer’s brand – Introduction of industries for buyers –
“Feel the world from the product”
The products H. Katsukawa creates have various backgrounds such as leather materials and their manufacturing process, culture and natural science. With the knowledge and awareness acquired from them, we create from the perspective of craftsmanship, like product design X fashion, design X natural, science X art to expand our sensitive world.
Eiichi Katsukawa is the designer of the brand. He leads the brand, H.Katsukawa as the shoe designer and leather artist. After graduating from college, and working in a domestic shoe manufacturer, he went to the UK. He learned about shoes design and production. After he graduated, he worked for Paul Harnden and came back to Japan in 2004. While he worked as a shoe repairer, he started his shoe brand in 2007. He kept on creating high quality and high design shoes for every season and established his unique position in the industry. In February 2016, his conceptual shoes collection, “Return to the Soil” was the first Asian shoe art to be collected by the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. He opened a shoe shop, “THE SHOE OF LIFE” in Meguro-ku, Tokyo that focuses on shoe repair and also providing after service for leather products.
Creating original shoes that do not follow the footsteps of the past culture
He went to study in the UK to create his own product. After coming back to Japan, he provided his products to United Arrows and started his own brand in 2007. He expanded his creative activities from the shoe production he started as his representation medium not only to his current artworks but to leather and its processing for his unique expression from the standpoints of the craftsman and the artist.
He always holds up the keyword, “New Perspective.” He created artistically high originality shoes that do not follow in the footsteps of the past culture and faces the European culture he enjoyed and acquired the skills, experiences and roots he learned from there.
Activities at a new stage
10 years past after he launched his brand and he is brushing up the brand concept. Knowing who he is; Katsukawa has acquired a perspective in greater depth now. His primitive experience is the impulse to dig in the culture while enjoying the material and process.
He says that he wants to continue to create products with a solid framework and provide that impulse to the world through his brand. He was invited seven times in a row as the POP UP STORE designer of the PITTI UOMO which is one of the biggest men's’ fashion.exhibition.
Atelier’s information is not open to the public. A repair shop is located near Ikejiri-ohashi which is close to Shibuya.
ABOUT THE VISIT
- Visitation Hours : Reservation required
- Number of Visitors Allowed : Maximum approximately 3
- How to apply : State the date you would like to visit via E-mail.
- Exports to
Europe, USA, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore
* For overseas businesses, sales agent is required.
- Japanese and English
- Company Name
- H.KATSUKAWA Co., Ltd.
- 102 Masumoto Bldg., 2-22-4 Ohashi, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0044 JAPAN
- Tel 090-8433-3842
- Web Site
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