Artist: Wataru Kano
Since Wataru was a kid, he has been influenced by American culture through a wide variety of music videos and skateboarding. His brand concept was built during the business trips that he made between New York to Japan in the last 15 years, meeting some artists who have their own studios and observing the processes in making their own products and marketing for themselves. According to DIY spirit, he creates all designs, patterns, cuts, and sewing at his studio by himself. His bags are simple, unique, and also very practical, because he has put thought into his products as if he were the user.
Q1: What is your brand name?
Q2: Why did you start this brand?
Canvas is made with Canvas fabric use for the ship mast and I create mainly bags at my studio “American FlagLab”. I hope I can connect to the world with my products.
Q3: Where do you get the inspiration when you are working?
Music, Movies, buildings, books, playing, foods, philosophy, I keep myself open for all influences.
Q4: What US character you recall at first?
Tom & Jerry
Q5: What would you like to do if you come to US?
I want to go to Flea Markets, Museum, and Book stores!!
Q6: Who is your favorite artist?
DIETER RAMS , YANAGI SORI , AARON ROSE , MATTHEW DAY JACKSON,
HAROSHI , JEOFF McFETRIDGE , KAWS , FUTURA , MARK GONZALES ,
MATT HENSLEY , MIKE VALLELY , YOPPI (SKATER) ,SKATETHING ,
THOMAS CAMPBELL , THURSTON MOORE (SONIC YOUTH) , BON IVER ,
IAN MACKAYE (FUGAZI) , BEASTIE BOYS , ALI MARCOPOULOS (Photographer) , BECK , TOMMY GUERRERO , MATTHEW DAY JACKSON , SPIKE JONZE ,
JOHN FRUSCIANTE , JIM JARMUSCH , ADAM SILVERMAN , LUCIE RIE.
Q7: What is your favorite Ramen Soup?
Tonkotsu Flavor Ramen.
Q8: What is your favorite Donut flavor?
Old Fashion at Mr. Donut in Japan
Q9: What is your favorite way to spend the time?
Thinking or creating something, playing with my kids and spending a time with my family.