Leather Japan held a presentation for the Fall/Winter 2013 season which included eight emerging Japanese designers incorporating leather into their collections. The new wave/punk band Turtle Island transformed the presentation into a festive tribal concert, reinforcing the presentation’s ambiance of the deep rooted Tokyo label. One brand in particular, SASQUATCHfabrix
First off, what is the definition of SASQUATCHfabrix?
‘Sasquatch’ is an Unidentified Mysterious Animal. We, as brand, want to be an Unidentified Mysterious Animal in the fashion world. That is the reason why we are named ‘SASQUATCHfabrix.’
As “HIGH PERFORMANCE VANDALISM. ALWAYS PRESENTING A SENSE OF FRESHNESS” is your primary philosophy, what were the challenges you first faced when you launched 10 years ago?
The thing itself of making garments was a big challenge since I worked in architecture or graphic field and we didn’t know how to make garments. We started to make 5 T-shirts, then I learned myself as we communicated with factories.
What inspired you to create the fall 2013 collection?
The theme of the fall/ winter 2013 collection that will be held in March in Tokyo will be ‘digable planets’. The pieces that we brought for LEATHER JAPAN project, are not from this collection though, they were exclusively made leather pieces aimed to promote leather products made in Japan.
Anything significant about the design process you want to mention?
Fashion movement reflects the social condition in the scene and ages. Style or fashion appreciates the expression of the personal vision in both the racial characteristics and life style. SASQUATCHfabrix strives to establish the aesthetic within the framework inspired by its vernacular garb. In addition, the creation pursues subtle expressions brought about by discovering new values for the characteristics of the old and things from the past.
Besides the Inoue Brothers collaboration, which brands would you love to work with next?
We don’t have any special collaborations in the works now.
Describe your favorite piece from the collection.
An apron made by mouton leather. It is inspired by the garb that is traditionally worn at festival in Japan.