INTERVIEW: Petter Neby, Founder and CEO of Punkt.

Punkt. is arguably leading the charge towards a more decluttered technological world. The company offers high end electronics with a unique design simplicity to help us unplug. Punkt. has recently become more well known for its mobile phone, the MP 01, that eschews any "smart phone" features and is an essence a pure mobile phone. We had the chance to interview Punkt.'s Founder and CEO Petter Neby and learn more about Punkt. and how the MP 01 came to be. 

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INTRODUCING: Equus Leather Belts

Equus Leather is a relatively new brand that has quickly made a name for itself for its beautiful handmade English leather products. Founded by Charlie Trevor, a true artisan, Equus produces high end leather goods emanating from the tradition English bridle leather. There are no logos to call attention to itself, just beautiful leather. We recently had the chance to speak with Trevor and learn more about Equus below. 

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REVIEW: Jins Eyewear

Over the past few years there's been a wave of Japanese retailers that have entered the American market. In clothing retail there has been Uniqlo and Kamakura. The most recent entrant into the market is Jins. In Japan, Jins is synonymous with eyeglasses. Across Japan and Asia the company operates 350 stores where customers can pop in and under an hour walk out with a set of prescription eyeglasses. The company opened its first store in America in San Francisco's Union Square in April of this year. We recently had the chance to speak with Jins and learn more about their plans. Our interview with Jins and our review follows below. 

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INTRODUCING: Masaru Okuyama of Japan

It's not your fault if you've never heard of Masaru Okuyama. Mr. Okuyama is one of Japan's finest master shoe makers. Based in Hong Kong, he is one of the finest examples of the extraordinary quality of bespoke Japanese shoes. Mr. Okuyama's shoes have an understated elegance that draws in the eye and forces us to stare and admire the shoes. The lasts pay careful attention to curves and balance out the shoe such that it remains understated while also appearing refined. Mr. Okuyama is in Los Angeles, CA for American clients so if you can't make it to Hong Kong, visit sunny LA. The wait for a finished product these days is between 6 to 10 months. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. 

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INTERVIEW: Yukiko Basset Okawa of Benchmade

Japan has a rich tradition of men's shoe making. As we continue to delve deeper into our series  on Japanese shoemakers, we now introduce you to Benchmade shoes and its master shoemaker Yukiko Basset Okawa san. Based in Tokyo, Benchmade is perhaps the only master mens' shoemaker who also happens to be a woman. It takes about five months to get a finished pair of shoes and you have to be in Tokyo. So what are you waiting for?

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