Tatehana describes how "when designing my pieces my first teacher is Nature. I find the shape, color, and materials in nature. (While) at other times classical art has induced me to create my works. I love both Japanese and European classic arts." Tatehana recently graduated from the Tokyo National University of Arts, where he studied traditional Japanese dyeing and weaving techniques. His first collection included a pair of stunning “geta” sandals in embossed leather hand-painted by the designer. Working from his studio in Kamakura (a former medieval capital, now a creative coastal outpost an hour from Tokyo), Tatehana custom-makes all of his fanciful creations by hand, down to the stitching. He designs, he says, for those “who have a high regard for individuality.”
All pieces are hand made by Tatehana himself: "First I buy the material, then I dye it and after that I hand make the item. Only in this way can I control the whole process."
I love his cute red hoof wedges which have a bladelike heel with a beautiful japanese pattern all over; oh how I would love to be able to afford and wear his designs! Most of his pieces (as stated by Tatehana himself) aren't supposed to be worn everyday let alone worn by the mainstream public and he was even surprised when he started getting orders ever since the world spied Lady Gaga wearing Tatehana's infamous Night Maker hoof like heel-less shoes.
Delicious to look at and truly a talented designer! xx