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Posted on Oct 16 2015
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What got you interested in doing accessories?
There was no special reason as to why I started making bags. I guess because my father is an artist, so It was natural for me to think about making things for a living.




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When you started working, which were your influences?
I like to take pictures of walls I find interesting. I have been taking pictures since before I started making bags. When I was thinking “what kind of original design can I make?”  I looked at my photos and decided to make bags with the same kind of atmosphere. Also around 2005, when I started my brand, unique products were trendy in Japan. There were a lot of teams organizing design events which were like  the Milan salons in Europe. I was really influenced by the things I saw there. The way of thinking about product design is very interesting. There are many people making unique products, but I was especially influenced by Gijs Bakker and his brand “droog”. Their projects were amazing from the 90s—late 00s. Lately Gijs left droog and the style has changed, so it might not be as much of an influence anymore…ha ha. Also my father, Seiji Kagari, who is a Japanese paper artist has been an influence as to my way of life
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Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Why do you want your pieces to be hand made?
I think it’s the best way to make unusual products in a small space with efficiency.





Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




You draw inspiration from old architecture - would you elaborate?
Which architectural styles do you find most interesting?

It’s very hard to answer this question in a succinct way. I get different kind of images through watching walls and architecture and cities. Then I put the images or atmosphere into my creative work. It’s not something I can explain in words. If I could, I think I wouldn't need to create my products.
I don’t care so much about the history of architecture -like architectural styles, periods or techniques. Basically I like walking around and looking at cities. I probably like cities more than human beings. For me, a city is like an interesting creature.





Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Are the accessories you create the result of a lot of experimenting or
did you know what you wanted to create right from the start?

It is a process of both. I had images of designs I wanted to make, but initially I didn’t have enough technique and experience to create the images in my head. I couldn’t make the things I wanted to see. My hands couldn’t quite keep up with my brain. Lately, I feel like I'm getting closer to being able to create the ideas in my head.





Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents
Yusuke 
Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Why is white so important to you?
White was not especially important for me. To be honest, I was quite poor when I started my brand and I didn’t have enough money to buy a lot of materials. I had to choose one colour for my designs. My final decision was that I needed to choose between two colours. I decided on a grey like concrete, and a white like mortar. I could have chosen both but I chose white. Probably because walls are white.  Also, I like white cubes in galleries and I like renovation with DIY that uses a lot of whitewash. It could be another reason why I chose white. White wasn’t initially important for me, but now I think It was the right decision, because white is a starting colour that deteriorates over time. It’s almost like zero. Everything starts from white.





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Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents




Yusuke Kagari-ladiesngents



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