ABOUT THE CRAFTSMAN

Crafting leather goods is not just a skill - it’s an art.

Craftsman and owner Takeshi ‘Yone’ Yonezawa started leatherwork nearly twenty years ago in Tokyo, Japan. A former guitarist, he started working with leather as a hobby, but it slowly became a passion. Leather is now the canvas of choice for Yone’s creativity (although he still jams on his guitars from time to time).

"I choose leather because it naturally changes with a person. Products may look the same at the beginning, but once a piece belongs to someone, it begins to share the journey with its owner. Each piece ends up telling a story - no other material can do that.”

Modern-Day Renaissance

In a world of speed and consumption, Yone invests his passion, love and time into his work. It’s not about creating for profit, but creating with the intent to change the perception and standards of quality leather goods. A firm believer that handmade = better, countless hours of effort and thought are spent going the extra mile to blend together ancient Japanese assembly, Western styles of carving, and European luxury.

"I strive to create perfect leather goods that combine flawless execution, balanced form and function, and beautiful design fully knowing that they become a part of people’s lives."

Born in Japan. Made in the U.S.A.

YONEZAWA LEATHER products are all exclusively handmade by Yone in Portland, Oregon. Each leather and material used are respectfully hand-selected from local and international leather suppliers in the U.S., Europe, and Japan to ensure quality, durability and considered manufacturing.

Each Yonezawa Leather product comes with a lifetime guarantee by its maker and a promise to embody true craftsmanship and authenticity.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

World Leather Debut

  • 2019 Judge, Untooled Category

  • 2018 Judge, Untooled Category

  • 2017 1st Place Untooled Category

  • 2016 1st Place, Stand Alone Category

  • 2013 3rd Place, Carved Western Saddle

International Federation of Leather Guilds

  • 2017 1st Place & Best of Category, Wall Hanging Category

    1st Place & Best of Category, Wallet Category

  • 2016 Best of Show

    1st Place, Stand Alone Category

    1st Place & Best of Category, Carved Bag Category

    1st Place, Carved Wallet Category

Leather Crafters and Saddler Journal

  • 2018 Featured Article

  • 2017 Featured on the Cover

  • 2017 Featured Article