Since 1985, Yuki Matsuda has paid homage to the American crafts and traditions by treasure hunting for outstanding examples of footwear and luggage in remote locales spread out across the rolling Appalachians to the high Sierras.
During Yuki's quests for American rarities, he befriended several footwear, luggage, leather, and blanket artisans whose personalities and skills are more beautiful and pure than their output. Yuketen exists from the lessons and heritage gleaned from these men and women.
Each Yuketen article begins with upmost thought and research and is constructed solely by aged hands of high-skill and years of experience. They chose only the most durable and precious raw materials such as an all-vegetable tanned leather, which is exclusive to Yuketen products, or an American naked leather unique for its heavy, thick and soft characteristics. Yuketen products finishing touches are made by the owners individual insignias; the outline of their foot print, crease-marks from the bend of their ankle, imprints from their hands, colour shed from their skin, mementos of their lifetime.