Ooe Yofukuten & Co. and why I love Japanese denim

posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I found this recent video from Japanese news station NHK that really captures the spirit of Ooe Yofukuten and helps to explain their ethos behind their work and my love for all things handmade.

A little while ago I was at a job interview for a UX position. Everything went well, but one of the last questions I was asked was "what's Japanese denim?" They probably found out my secret on one of my social media profiles. But, it made me think: "How do I explain my obsession with Japanese jeans to people?" I think this video might help convey what I see as brilliant UX in jean production.

I briefly explained to the interviewer that I love how the Japanese have embraced a lot of Americana into their culture, hand made jeans and vintage work wear being some of those elements. I explained how the workers put their soul in the garments and take every care when making the jeans. I kept it brief because I didn't want to come off as a psycho jeans freak at a job interview so here is the extended answer.

One of the things I love most about my Japanese jeans is the care and skill that the artisans use when literally cutting and sewing the garments by hand. Unlike factory made, mass produced jeans most of the Japanese brands are still made by hand using vintage machines, dyed by hand using real...


Oxelo Skateboards in India

posted on Friday, July 08, 2011 at 12:46 AM

My friend Michael shared this video with me today. A French skateboarding company filmed a few nice pieces in India. I'm not sure how popular skateboarding is over there, but the kids seemed enthralled by it. I love seeing how happy they are when building the skateboards and watching the skaters do tricks. I hope they 're encouraged to give it a shot, skateboarding is a lot of fun.


An attempt at expression

posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Thanks for taking the time to visit my personal site. I created it mostly as a way to experiment with web design and showcase my work. You can view my relevant social media profiles to the right, read more about me or just hang out and visit some of the cool sites below. I'm going to attempt to write things here, mostly about design, music, and life in general.

We'll see how it goes.

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