Since 1985, designer Yuki Matsuda has paid homage to the American crafts and traditions by treasure hunting for outstanding examples of footwear and luggage in remote locales spread out across the rolling Appalachians, to the high Sierras. During Yuki’s quests for American rarities, he befriended several footwear, luggage, leather, and blanket artisans whose personalities and skills are more beautiful and pure than their output. Yuketen exists from the lessons and heritage gleaned from these men and women, our respected predecessors. Each Yuketen article begins with utmost thought and research and is constructed solely by aged hands of high-skill and years of experience. We chose only the most durable and precious raw materials such as our all-vegetable tanned leather, which is exclusive to Yuketen luggage products, or our American naked leather unique for its heavy, thick, and soft characteristics. Yuketen products’ finishing touches are made by the owner’s individual insignias; the outline of their footprint, crease-marks from the bend of their ankle, imprints from their hands, colour shed from their skin, and mementos of their lifetime.
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