Designers of Driftwood Gear

Takumi Ueda, Masato Wachi, Junya Higuchi








Q1. What made you decide to establish your own brand?


Three people who know each other from early childhood make Driftwood Gear.
We all had common interests, such as outdoor activities, fashion, and creating, so we wanted to introduce "the outdoors in daily life" to people.

Driftwood Gearは小学校からの幼馴染3人で活動しています。




Q2. Please describe your production process.

The three of us discuss designing over and over again. If the design is really fit as Driftwood Gear, we decide on the designs.
Each piece is created with using a combination of technique.
Especially the cross section of leather accessories is carefully polished with Japanese traditional technique.

デザインは3人が話合いを重ね「それは本当にDriftwood Gearの作品として相応しいか」という目線を持って決定します。



Q3. What made you interested in NY market?

We wanted to introduce the comfort of "the outdoors of daily life" to New Yorkers, who are highky conscious about their lifestyle.



The hunting chair

The hunting chair

The hunting chair, Brown

The hunting chair, Brown



Q4. Which one is your favorite piece? And why?

The hunting chair.
You can use it regardless of indoor and outdoor, and the concept of the brand is embodies in this piece.



Q5. Lastly, please share some comments to customers at the ARCADE JAPAN.
   最後に、the ARCADE JAPANのお客様に一言お願いします。

It is such an honor to exhibit our works of Driftwood Gear in a big city like New York.
Tokyo, the city we live in, is also a big city with nature in the neighborhood, and it seems to have a similar environment.
We are sure that New Yorkers will feel something in our products.
We hope that a lot of people will feel closer to Japanese creation through our products, feel something in them, and enjoy the ARCADE JAPAN.

ニューヨークという大都市で、Driftwood Gearの商品をご紹介出来、大変光栄です。
多くの方が、日本の物作りを手に取り何かを感じながら、the ARCADE JAPANを楽しんで頂けると幸いです。




interview & text by Yusuke Yamauchi