There is often great debate amongst Masaya Kushino’s admirers as to wether his clothing should be worn or rather exclusively exhibited. Despite gaining reputation as quite the shoe artisan, it’s Masaya’s latest leather bags which have truly caught my eye. As the case with all of his creations, the designer and artist takes inspiration from nature and its creatures. His heels forming hybrids between beasts and couture, often making use of materials that resemble the animals of our world. His bags however, focus on the structures of these creatures, taking inspiration from their skulls. His pieces can be found on the catwalks of Tokyo Fashion Week and as well in galleries, with his latest exhibition showcasing his collection titled ‘Queen’ at the Neutron Tokyo gallery.
– Creative Director, Jonathan Lubala