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Discover Japanese label Backlash and its amazing luxury leather


With a passion for fine leather stretching back to his childhood, Tokyo designer Isamu Katayama skilfully plays with skins to create a beautiful collection for his label Backlash

Dominique Fenn
Dominique Fenn ,

Until this season, the theme for Isamu Katayama’s Backlash collections has always been travel. For autumn/winter 2014/15, however, the designer has been inspired by the brand’s own dye factory in Japan and its skilled workers. The resulting collection features a wide range of leather products – including these striking boots – made using innovative treatments.

Katayama’s love for leather stems from his childhood, when he would accompany his late father on motorcycle tours. Born in Hiroshima, the designer moved to Tokyo in his twenties to work at a bag manufacturer, where he learned all there is to know about hides. It goes without saying, then, that this pair of boots is of the highest quality and exceptionally hard wearing.

Backlash by Isamu Katayama boots, ¥88,000

Backlash, 8-7 Uguisudani-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0032, +81 (0)3 3462 2070

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