Shibata: I have owned and I am currently using leather goods from Brooklyn Museum. I am looking forward to introducing your products in Singapore.
Kusagaya: It is a pleasure that our long time customer has become a partner for our overseas sales. We are eager to start to introduce our brand in Singapore for the first time.
Shibata: We first met during an interview for our own media about Japanese crafts “KOGEI STANDARD”. What impression did you have?
Kusagaya: I really sympathized with your attitude in regards to conveying the Japanese culture of making good products to overseas audience by using the word “Kogei”. The photo shooting was also impressive. I was so happy for the chance to be interview.
Shibata: Thank you very much. Similarly, when I visited the flagship store of Brooklyn Museum in Aoyama, I experienced great service from your staffs. They explained about the products carefully and in detail. I was pleasantly surprised with that. The store is like a hidden gem within the city, isn’t it?
Kusagaya: Service is one of the important features of our brand. Our products are high quality leather goods which are made by artisans carefully one by one, so we feel that our service and explanation should be along the same line and done with passion.
Shibata: You are the president and also an artisan. I think you have a strong passion towards the creation of a product. I like not only the high-sense in design but also the high-quality of your products.
Kusagaya: We think good leather can be used for many years and customers can enjoy its aging process together. For that, we need to make a product maintains a high level in quality that can withstand long term usage. All the products of Brooklyn Museum are carefully made including details which are not obvious. We realised the necessity to do so in order to create high-quality products.
Shibata: I know you also have a strong interest in leather materials.
Kusagaya: Yes, I think the relentless pursuit of good materials is an important aspect for Japanese creation. At Brooklyn Museum, French calf is our core material and the Japanese traditional colour of “Kakishibu” and made in Japan leather “Yamato” are also popular items.
Shibata: In Singapore, HULS Gallery Singapore will introduce ready made products and we will hold trunk shows and start wholesale business too. We are glad if the products of Brooklyn Museum fit in many people’s daily life here.