One of my friends is a fashion designer and he owns the brand "Fujito". When I had the opportunity to work part-time for him, I came in contact with a new universe made of vintage American working clothes, and hand made traditional Italian bespoke tailoring. I already had a passion for hand craft. I studied art, but I have never considered a career as an artist. In fact, I have always preferred the humility of the artisans to the egocentrism of the artists. In my opinion, modern and contemporary artists are more interested in showing their massive ego than creating art works. When I came in contact with traditional Italian tailoring, its beautifully handcrafted details, I fell in love, and I started studying tailoring books, reading every website and blog about bespoke tailoring on internet. I also looked for used garments in the second hand shops.
The more I became familiar with bespoke cloths, the more I found horrible and cheap the average off the rack suits or the major designer brands clothing. But since I could not afford a bespoke suit, the only way was to make it myself. I started with a pair of trousers: I copied the pattern from I pair I had and I started sewing them piece by piece. I made of course a lot of mistakes, but I also learnt from them. I was sewing by hand from the start: I did not want to buy a sewing machine, and I did not even have the space for it in my super small Japanese apartment.
After the first pair of trousers, I started another one. Then a suit, then another one, and so on. When I could not figure out how to make something, I checked on internet or I asked to some old retired tailors in town.
I also started an Instagram account (@kerukism) about my hobby, that I called "a sartorial diary". I received many compliments, and that was a big help in going on with my passion.