JAPANIQUE is a sales collective for a range of high quality, handcrafted fashion accessories and home décor items, all made using traditional Japanese Kogei (工芸) techniques. We started this business on 15th October 2015 in Osaka.
Kogei is used to describe products and skills which combine artistic beauty and functionality in the items we use in our everyday lives. Kogei products, created from natural materials, enhance and add color to Japanese life. Much of Japanese art can be said to trace its roots back to Kogei.
All our products are hand-produced by skilled artisans, and have been on display in Japanese art galleries, but only for limited periods. We wanted to make them accessible to art and fashion lovers all over the world. We focus on artworks that will appeal to overseas customers. We bring you the stories behind their creation, and the processes by which they were made. We treat these products as if they were museum exhibits.
Skilled craftsmanship goes into the creation of every Kogei item. They cannot be mass-produced. Their appeal is timeless, like that of jewelry. They catch the eye as stylish fashion accessories, or as ornaments to adorn your home. If you are interested in our products and services, we would love to share the ethos behind our business with you, and to help you introduce our products to your customers.
Our sincere gratitude to the following people for their help and support:
Web desiner: Kanami Muramoto
Photographer (products): Masayuki Ueda
Models: Rieko Yamaki, Akiko Watanabe, Yoshiko Tanda, Nariaki Matsumoto
Stylist: Katsunobu Nasu
Accessory stylist: Misa Tsuda