Tokyo Patchwork – FDMTL Studio Visit With Gaku Tsuyoshi

Gaku Tsuyoshi started FDMTL in 2005 because he could not find denim with the fits or washes he was looking for. The brand produced distressed jeans for several years before expanding into indigo fabrics and patchwork designs. Tsuyoshi has established partnerships that have allowed him to expand into several product categories outside of his core apparel collection.

In 2016, an indigo patchwork design was used on projects for Vans (Era, Slip-on) and Dover Street Market Ginza (Eames chair). In 2017, collaborations with Vans (Sk8-Hi, Slip-on), New Era (5950 fitted hat), and Masterpiece (rucksack, tote) will all use a new Deep Indigo Collection design. Other notable collaborations include Jam Homemade (accessories), Chup (socks), Danner (hiking boots), and Seviskig (leather jackets).

We spent the afternoon with Tsuyoshi at FDMTL’s flagship store, Catii Tokyo, in Meguro. He spoke to us about his roots in denim, his love for boro fabric, and his recent successful creative collaborations.

Direction and Text by Ryan Lindow. Produced by Ryan Lindow and Laurent Pozo.