Vol. 119 Individualist “Chptr 7 and Vrs 1”

Another individualist.  I have been wandering every saturday in Tokyo to explore so many opportunities to get me excited. This guy that I have met in Nakameguro (中目黒) where it is thought to be one of the most hip place in tokyo. Lots of cool spot, cool people and even lots of nature especially around Meguro river. One man operation crafter from Kanagawa prefecture, he was kindly enough to let me do an interview with him. Knowledge and experience that he earned from his life had made this interview a great one for sure. I have been trying to get in touch with whoever that draw my attention regardless of what they do. Pretty much they are all in the middle of busyness all the fucking time!!  I would like to give each every one of you a great thanks for spending your precious time with me though.

 

毎週土曜日はかならず、どこかに出かけ色々一人で東京の色々な箇所を回る筆者。本当に色々で平日の間に見つけた面白そうなイベントや展示会など、土曜日が待ち遠しくてたまりません笑。今回の方は、日本で一番おしゃれと言っても過言でない中目黒のとあるお店でポップアップを行われていた際にお見かけした方。筆者のしつこいオファーにも根気よく耐えて頂いたのには感謝し尽くせません。時間はかかってしまいましたが丁寧にお答え頂きました。なかなか面白そうな方々に連絡を取ってみるのですが、これまたお忙しいのです皆様。。ありがとうございます!

 

それではどうぞ!

 

Islander’s Orb 以下 IO) あなたは誰ですか?(ご自身の解釈でお答えください!オンとオフのような形があればぜひ!例:皮職人、鉄オタ等)

行田和裕さん 以下行田さん) 落語、ルノーキャトル、そしてマラソンをこよなく愛する鞄屋。

 

IO) Who are you? (Please tell us about how you interpret this question)

Koda-san) I am a bag craftsman/bag maker who loves Rakugo, Renault Quatre, and marathon.

 

IO) ブランド、会社の概要等。(説明文、コンセプトなど)

行田さん)
Koda-Style
シンプルでナチュラル、そして心地の良い鞄を目指しています。また、自分自身が作り、生み出すこと。そしてオリジナルである事を大切に日々、もの作りをしています。

 

IO) Your concept, explanation of yourself regarding to your entities. 

Koda-san)
Koda-Style
My aim is to make a simple, natural, and comfortable bag. Also I would be the one who create and produce. All handmade by me.  It is also important for me to create things which are unique and original.

 

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IO) ご自身の指針、行動、存在やクリエーションを始めたきっかけは?

行田さん) 元々、ものを作る事は大好きで、父親の影響で小さい時からなんだかんだと色々なものを作っていました。鞄に関して言えば、LLビーンのトートバッグをどうしても斜め掛けにして自転車に乗りたかったので、自分で帆布を買って、ショルダーベルトを製作し、取り付けた経験から、「無いものは自分で作ればいいんだ!好きなものは自分で作り出せばいいんだ!」と、思った事から始まりました。

 

IO) Why you started your own entity? Any inspiration, source, motives?

Koda-san) I have always liked making a lot of things since I was a child. My father also inspired me a lot. When it comes to bags, one time of my youth age, I bought sailcloth to make a LL Bean tote bag into a shoulder bag because I wanted to ride a bike with a bag that shape of shoulder bag, not with a tote bag that it was hard to carry around while riding on a bicycle. Everything has started when I made my own “original” shoulder bag at that moment. I figured if I do not find something that I like, I could just make them by myself.

 

IO) あなたの指針、行動、存在やクリエーションにおいての影響をうけたもの。(インスピレーション等、具体例。)

行田さん) 何においても、それが好きかどうかという事が一番重要だと思っています。

 

IO) Any sources of inspiration for you?

Koda-san) I still am inspired by a lot of things every day. It matters a lot for people to love what they love regardless of what they are in love with.

 

Koda 1

 

IO) 特に影響を受けている何か、受けた何かを具体例としてお願い出来ますか?

行田さん) 色々とありますが、パッと閃いたのは自動車メーカーのHONDAの故、本田宗一郎さんの言葉だったと思うのですが、

「運を身につける方法として知力、体力、向上心を常に忘れるな。」

と、聞いた事があります。知力とは常に色々な事に興味を持ち、新しい事を勉強して行く事。体力とはチャンスが来た時にすぐに動けるように、病気にならないように健康管理をする事。向上心とは現状に満足せずに、常に上を目指す事。こんな事を仰っていたと記憶しており、これらを基盤として普段の活動を行っています。

 

IO) Can you tell us things that you are inspired the most?

Koda-san) I have been inspired by many things, but one thing has come up to my mind would be statement from this guy. I believe it was the word by Mr. Honda Soichiro who is the founder of HONDA Cars. He stated that

“In order for you to favor the luck, never forget to make yourself to be intelligent, develop your own physical strength and your own motivation.”

In more details, to make yourself being intelligent, you always make sure to have interest in new and many things and learn about them. To develop your own physical strength, when there is a chance that gets you to make a right decision, look after yourself and be healthy. To make you motivated, you always aim at better things. You might want to have dissatisfaction with the status quo. I remember he stated something like these, I always have these words in my mind and live my life every day.

 

IO) ご自身の作った作品を購入して頂いた方へ、どのようになって欲しいか。

行田さん) ものを作る事や考えて生み出す事がどれだけ楽しい事かと感じてくれたら嬉しいですね。それで何か行動してくれたら最高です。

 

IO) Your wish for those who appreciate your art/creation

Koda-san) 

I want people to get to know how much joy they get by crafting things, think about it and pursue for it. It would be the best for them to do something about it.

 

Koda 3

 

IO) ご自身の指針、行動、存在やクリエーションのトレンドと傾向。その後の未来像。

行田さん) 未来への想像が全く出来ないけれども、きっと今まで以上に自分自身の好きを大切にして、それを表現して行くと思います。

 

IO) Any thought of trend, current situation with your motivation, creation, entity, etc.

Koda-san) I have no idea how my future is going to be, but I know I will express what I love the most even harder than before.

  

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To be continued on next Verse of Individualist…

 

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