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Whether it’s peeling paint, rusty rails, chipped concrete or graffiti-on-graffiti, for those who love the city, decay is the new vintage. It’s also an overarching theme in Yusuke Kagari’s bags and accessories. The designer, who collaborated with Keisuke Nagami in an exhibition last month, puts the same attention to detail into his pieces as any other designer. Except, instead of trying to make them look new, he tries to make them look 100 years old.

“Living in the city, in my eyes the continuity created by walls and concrete is one beautiful landscape,” said Kagari in a statement in Japanese.


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The large junctions. The subway stations. The old town walls that that change color over time. The abandoned buildings. The factories. The colors of the walls on a rainy day. All the various landscapes. If only I could recreate it. If only I could carry them around with me. I think that’s what this is all about.

Simply put, each of Kagari’s pieces is a love letter to the city and all it’s beautiful cuts and bruises.

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Ruin: the fragrance. I desperately wonder what these smell like.

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