Beautiful Bespoke Leather
Without question the absolute best thing about the global trend towards all things artisanal is the emergence of brands like GANZO. Launched in Omotesando back in 2001 by former chef turned leather enthusiast Yoshiro Ajioka, it’s met the burgeoning worldwide demand for traditionally-crafted bespoke leather goods for years, but with the recent addition of an online store and a series of high-profile collaborations, GANZO’s reach and fanbase has fast been gaining momentum – though thankfully not at the expense of its exquisite quality.
The workshop-cum-showroom exudes the same understated elegance as the wallets, purses and accessories themselves, and like the Florence artisan workshops Ajioka discovered while training in the city’s kitchens, GANZO craftsmen sit front and centre on the studio floor, ready to interact with customers and discuss the finer points of their purchase. The store also showcases off-the-rack pieces that despite not being customised per se, will each age in a unique way (samples of aged leather sit alongside the designs), thereby making every item virtually one-of-a-kind. GANZO sources the finest leather from tanneries around the world to construct their ranges, with materials including South African ‘Ostrich’, ultra-supple ‘Calf Deer’, and Tuscan ‘Buttero’. Alongside collaborations with Steven Alan and Monocle magazine, it’s these quality materials and GANZO’s intricate cutting, sewing and polishing that are garnering the brand the global recognition it deserves.