Late last month, the sad news of Japanese jewelry/ leather designer Goro Takahashi‘s passing was confirmed. Renowned for his love of Native American designs and attention to detail, goro’s has been left to his children, who inherit one of Harajuku’s truly iconic brands.
Takahashi’s journey began while in high school, when U.S. troops in Occupied Japan taught leather carving. Taking it upon himself to learn the trade, at the age of 27 he opened up a shop in Aoyama, before going across the Pacific to learn silver engraving from Native American craftsmen. He lived and worked in the Sioux for many years, where he was blessed with the name “Yellow Eagle,” then returned to Japan in 1966 and moved his store to Harajuku.
While the Harajuku boom really set the tone for goro’s, the interest in his work never faded, and his Native American-inspired designs played a pivotal role in the industry. His craftsmanship is revered across Japan, and he will truly be missed.