Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation

Soh Tokunaga at MJF

MJF is excited to welcome Soh as our July Fellow

Soh Tokunaga (1985) spent most of his childhood in Japan and his adult life in Southern Mexico. He has always been passionate about creating things with his hands and has since many years ago worked making heandstitched leather shoes. Apart from making shoes he creates leather accessories, Waraji: traditional Japanese sandals made with natural materials, objects in wood and costumes made of recycled materials. He has also made houses with an ecological focus and has a 15 year old practice in Capoeira Angola. His own brand is called QQ.

I usually dont say I am a designer, as it is not the core of how I identify myself. I have an idea that there are many designers that don't know how to produce themselves and for me the design is the surface, every product I make comes from a function, comfort and from its technical needs. Whiles I follow this search of function, simplicity and comfort, I feel that it is from there that beauty will come. So I don´t believe that I have to start with beauty, because I follow my own road which will then lead me to beauty.
I like to call myself a shoemaker as thats where I come from professionally and I have a huge passion for keeping alive the shoemaker tradition and leather work created with handstitiching.

All images by: Joeffrey Guillemard