Concept essence 1 Kosho Ogawa
Textile art that appeals to the senses and inspires the soul
After carefully selecting fabrics that captivate through the unique feel of natural materials and beautiful textures, Kosho Ogawa designs and dyes them with a genuine sensibility, utilizing traditional dyeing and weaving techniques cultivated in Kyoto. The serene landscape enveloping the studio becomes a well of creativity where the songs of birds and rich transience of the seasons can be discerned. His ultimate aspiration is to emanate expression that appeals to the senses and inspires the soul, even from the most simple aspects, through design and form painted by hand.
Concept essence 2 Techniques and Sense
The imagination of the artisan swells from richness and depth of expression.
With over 35 years of studying the art of dyeing at Kyoto, Mr. Ogawa's work involves highly refined textile art in different genres and materials, from kimono to interior design and silk to hemp. He creatively utilizes a variety of dyes and dyeing techniques such as skillfully wielding a paintbrush for brush dyeing, soaking cloth in dye for dip dyeing, and hand painting using a brush. In accordance with the purpose, natural dyes like persimmon juice, ink, or pigments as well as artificial dyes are used. Metal and silver paint may be applied for finishing touches. Each and every piece reflects the skill of the artisan.
Concept essence 3 The beauty of textile art
Kyoto continues to refine the artist's senses
All dye creations contain story and reflect the artisan’s imagination with expressions themed on the beauty of the changing seasons, expressions that modernize traditional Japanese patterns and designs, expressions that exude a delicate touch, and expressions that suggest bold ink paintings. They emit a pleasant excitement and color contemporary living with modern textile art that harbors elegance within simplicity.
Concept essence 4 Folding, layering
A new form born from human hands
The "culture of layering" has been handed down since antiquity. The brand, KOSHO was created from the desire to bring to modern living the colors and layers seen in Japanese clothing as well as in Japanese culture such as “origami” and nests of boxes for food or storage. KOSHO continues to pass on the wonders from ancient times in a new form.
Bag’s View ougi
Presenting the world with the modern art of dyeing and weaving
"ougi" is a beautiful bag designed to appear at a glance like a work of art with the shape of a folding fan. It emanates elegance with flair and novel color combinations. When the bottom of the bag is flared, the 2 pleats open for a glimpse of the color within the folds. The bag was well received at the "Maison & Objet" trade fair held in Paris, and is offered at the museum shop at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, shops in France and Italy.
Registered design (Europe, China, Japan) Registered trademark (Europe, China, Japan, USA, Australia, Taiwan, Russia, Singapore)
News & Media
Displayed at "New Style Selection by KYOTO 2017"
The launch of "MOOMIN×KOSHO" ougi collaboration bag
"MOOMIN×KOSHO" ougi Tote Bag and Pouch were published in the magazaine,"MOE"
ougi Tote Bag was certified by the "The Wonder 500™" 2016 of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
ougi Tote Bag appeared as a "Catalog Gift" in the Croissant magazine
ougi Tote Bag was published in U-can "COCOCIMO"
Participated in "NIPPON QUALITY", which was hosted by the SME Infrastructure Development Organization
ougi series appeared as a Mitsukoshi・Isetan's "Select Gift"
ougi Tote Bag appeared in "Kateigaho", September issue
ougi Tote Bag appeared as the opening page of the "Kateigaho" Selection
KOSHO's special article was published in the WISE・WISE correspondence
ougi series appeared in the "Kyo Mono Aiyouken", as a catalog gift for Kyoto Prefecture
Appeared in "Singapore The Décor Show"
ougi series appeared in the "Nihon Wo Okuru", as a catalog gift
ougi Collaboration Bag was introduced in "In×KOSHO"
"In×KOSHO" ougi Collaboration Bag appeared in the "Senken Shimbun" paper
ougi Tote Bag was the gift for the "Kyoaruki in Tokyo" column in the Yomiuri Shimbun evening edition newspaper
Appeared in the "Gallery West 43rd Street" in New York
Appeared in "London Home"
ougi tote bag featured in "Orange Page 12/2 Edition"
Participated in "Kyoto Marche in KITTE"
Appeared in "New Style Selection by KYOTO"
Article of ougi featured in "AERA"
ougi shoulder bag featured in "GOLF DIGEST Traveler"
Article of ougi tote bag featured in The Kyoto Shimbun morning paper
ougi tote bag certificated in "The Wonder 500™" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
ougi tote bag featured "Select Gift" in Isetan and Mitsukoshi
Participated in "Paris Japan EXPO"
ougi tote bag featured "Weekly Golf Digest"
Article featured about "Takashimaya, Bunzaburo, and Kosho" in Kyoto Chamber Board Newsletter
Appeared in "Singapore IFFS/AFS 2015"
Kyoto Kosho featured appeared in EX SANKEI EXPRESS
Participated in "NEXT Kyoto Selection"
Article featured about "OMOTENASHI SELECTION 2014 Gold Medal" in Kyoto Shimbun morning paper
Article featured about "OMOTENASHI SELECTION 2014 Gold Medal" in EX SANKEI EXPRESS
Won the "OMOTENASHI SELECTION 2014 Gold Medal"
Participated in "PROJECT kyo-to 2015" by the Fashion Kyoto Network
ougi tote bag featured in Utsukushii Kimono's "Irohani Kimono"
Appeared in "Hidden-Unveiling Japanese Design Japanese Design 2014 in Singapore"
Participated in Taiwan Design Center's "Taiwan Design Expo"
ougi pouch featured in "Weekly Golf Digest"
Hand-dyed noren,"MARU6" featured in the May issue of "Katei Gahou"
Hand-dyed noren,"sakura sakura" featured in the March issue of "Katei Gahou"
Participated in the "BRAND NEW KYOTO Project 2014" sponsored by Kyoto City
Participated in "PROJECT kyo-to 2014" by the Fashion Kyoto Network
Hand-dyed noren,"tsubaki" featured in the Feburary issue of "Katei Gahou"
Participated in "rooms LINK TAIPEI 2013" in Taiwan
Received the "Kyoto Design Winner"at the KYOTO DESIGN AWARD 2013
Available in the Kyoto Prefecture gift catalog, "Kyomono Aiyouken"
Presented in a feature article in the August issue of the Kyoto publication, "THE FUSHIMI"
The hand-painted, hand-dyed hemp shop curtain, "Goldfish" appeared in the July issue of "KATEIGAHO".
Chosen for the "KANSAI SELECT 14" by the Union of Kansai Governments
Join "MAISON et OBJET 2013". Introducing the design and dyeing technology of Kyoto, to the world at Kyoto Connection "MAISON et OBJET 2013"
On radio: "KYOTO NATION" introduced by FM α-Station, as a guest.
"Kosho - toward the world " introduced by The Kyoto Shimbun News.
"Traditional craft, Highly respected Kosho at the trade faire site" introduced by The Yomiuri Shimbun.
"Advanced Kosho to New York"introduced by The Yomiuri Shimbun.
About the starting for sale of the canvas tote bag named "ougi" at the store of MoMA ( The Museum of Modern Art, N.Y. ).
Kyo biz" introduced by KBS Kyoto television.
Kyomono aiyouken vol.1" introduced by Gift Catalog, Kyoto pref.
Selected by "Chie" propulsion project by KCCI (Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry)as the 1st creative project which is produced by one of brand new Kyoto companies.
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About Company Profile
13-3, Higashikawaramachi, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0821 Japan
|History||1975 Studied the traditional craft of "Kyo-Yuzen"
1985 Established a studio for dyeing kimono
1989 Established "KOSHO"
|Since then, Mr. Ogawa has won numerous exhibitions, including the Kyoto Design Award, 4th Kyoto Craft Exhibition and "honorable mention" at the New Kyomono Competition. KOSHO was selected as a model business for the 1st Creative Culture Business. Recently, Mr. Ogawa has also participated in overseas exhibitions. At the "Maison & Objet" trade fair held in Paris/"Japan Brand Paris" business meeting, buyers from Europe and America had high praise for the quality of Mr. Ogawa's designs and dyeing.|
|Abroad, the canvas tote bag, "ougi" is being sold at the museum shop at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, shops in France and Italy. A French luxury brand holds "the world of Kosho Ogawa" in high regard and has ordered sample creations.|