yusuke kagari bags leather craft

Yusuke Kagari and the beauty of deterioration

Yusuke Kagari is a bag and accessories designer based in Tokyo. He specialises in a wear-and-tear aesthetic achieved through a production process of ageing and abrasion. The process takes around 2 weeks to achieve the right texture of his bags which are otherwise made of leather, putty and a final varnish.

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 Naturally, the time makes the beauty.

My father is a washi (Japanese rice paper) artist, I think I got influenced by him.

His philosophy also values and embraces the rugged beauty archived through ageing and deterioration of the texture of his products throughout their natural life-cycle.

yusuke kagari bags leather craft

Used 3 months

yusuke kagari bags leather craft

Used 12 months

yusuke kagari bags leather craft

Used 7 months

yusuke kagari bags leather craft

Used 12 month

yusuke kagari bags leather craft

Used 3months


The Wall Series is directly inspired by the wall’s texture. Yusuke Kagari aims to create an urban aesthetic through the use of concrete texture or rust and corrosion which is applied to the white surface of his products.

yusuke kagari bags leather craft

I get inspiration from concrete-made structure like bridges. I also aspire to the street culture in a way.

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Art director / Graphic designer / Illustrator

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