Meet the designer
Reika Yamasaki is a conceptual accessory designer based in Tokyo.
Graduated with first class honor from University of the Arts London (BA Cordwainers) in 2016. She has been awarded of Bill Amberg "Functional luxury” prize. Cordwainers BA Placement Bursary (2014) and the Excellence in Leather the End of Year Award (2016).
Working as designer assistant/ artisan in London, Paris, and Budapest for two years brought her tremendous professional experience and inspirations. She launchd her own brand Rei Yamasaki in 2017.
living art objects for generations.
Rei Yamasaki Leather bags and accessories are timeless, sculptural, and detailed. The brand concepts are mystery, the power and beauty of animate objects, and formative art.
Leather is a living material, she believes that adding the emotional touch will bring sophistication and aliveness to the bags.
Details are the ultimate luxury in design, not only creates unique characteristic but also self identity.
Observing the outer form as well as inner form of flowers/plants allows her to see different perspective of the natural structure and texture.
Metaphysics contribute enormously to the design process of creating silhouette.
“I wanted to design couture-like bags, it’s like the concept of when women fallen in love with a piece of jewelry they would take good care of it and by wearing it make you feel beautiful and empowering.”
The pieces are incorporated beauty with functionality and the timeless design with craftsmanship will carry over for generations.