|Founder and designer of ARTISAN&ARTIST Seiichiro Hangui, being a photographer himself, showed a passionate interest in the environment of artists, makeup artists, stylists and photographers. He called on their expertise to create the tools these artists need and directly collaborated with numerous famous representatives of various sectors. Out of these collaborations, between two groups of professionals, emerged a world of sophisticated beauty which took the name of ARTISAN&ARTIST.
In 1991, Seiichiro Hangui started the company by integrating outstanding craftsmanship with a refusal to compromise artistic quality.
A new series of cosmetic pouches were released and won the hearts of countless professionals with their unique authentic design and incomparable functionality. The products proved to be wildly popular amongst makeup artists and photographers, thereby increasing the recognition and appeal of the ARTISAN&ARTIST brand. One of these products was sent to Barneys New York Tokyo. They were impressed by the product’s innovative design and high functionality and commissioned Seiichiro Hangui for a customized series of pouches.
Subsequently, ARTISAN&ARTIST opened outlets in major department stores throughout Japan in Matsuya, Takashimaya, Isetan, Daimaru, Mitsukoshi, Odakyu and many more.
In 1996, functional and practical makeup boxes and brushes were created for professional makeup artists and hairstylists. The ease of use and sharp design of these original tools attracted a great number of creative professionals.
|In 1999, ARTISAN&ARTIST introduced the ACAM Classic Series of camera bags fulfilling the concept of classic simplicity with a minimalist and urbane look. Emphasis was placed on materials and functionality by employing a water and stain resistant canvas for the main body of the bags and an inner case with removable partitions that allows perfect protection for different items. These products have appealed to camera owners and professionals with an entirely new image of a camera bag that looks discreet and simple.
The creativity of ARTISAN&ARTIST is not limited to camera bags, it also extends to straps, body cases and other products that offer a broad array of highly attractive camera accessories. The “Silk Cord Strap” and “Easy Slider Strap” are the signature, iconic straps of the brand.
Today, the collaboration between designer and artisan is still at the heart of everything we do. It is about quality, individual attention and the pride of craftsmanship.
Making an ARTISAN&ARTIST product is a unique process where Japanese artisans, who are specialists that perpetuate a unique tradition, use the best quality materials, which they cut, work, and sew by hand. Every single object becomes a unique piece, a masterpiece of handcrafted art that is recognized and loved not only in Japan but also around the world.
The ARTISAN&ARTIST brand has expanded its reputation to the USA, Canada, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, China, Australia, and enjoys success in all these countries.