Hello, we're Link — blending contemporary textile design with traditional Japanese craftsmanship
Link produces contemporary furoshiki textiles through our network of artists and designers from around the world. We aim to cross cultures and generations by creating beautiful and functional products, merging international design with traditional Japanese production methods.
Our furoshiki are all printed in Fujisawa, Japan
Each furoshiki is individually hand printed
We believe Japanese craftsmanship is second to none in terms of quality and attention to detail. It's because of this that all our furoshiki are hand-printed and sewn in Japan by a family-owned business with over 50 years experience in furoshiki production.
Although Japan's craftsmen often spend a lifetime perfecting their artistry, much of that skill and knowledge is being lost as today’s mass production, cost cutting and on-demand culture drives ever more business decisions. Invaluable knowhow is disappearing as tools are put down, and the last small factories and workshops die out.
We hope to play a part in keeping these crafts alive by showing what can be achieved when creativity and craftsmanship come together. To find out what we're doing today, visit our Facebook page, Twitter feed and blog.
For support, press and wholesale inquiries, please get in touch via email: [email protected]
Kyoko was born in Tokyo. After graduating from Tokyo Zokei University she spent over 10 years working in Japan's retail industry before starting Link in 2011. Since 2013 she has been based in London and will be moving back to Tokyo in 2016.
Lucinda is a British designer specializing in printed textiles and graphic design. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1999, she moved to Tokyo where she lived for seven years and met Kyoko. She is now based in San Francisco, where she designed the Dots, Stripe and Folded Paper furoshiki.
Link invited Hannah to design a furoshiki for us in 2012, and she came up with the beautiful Stockholm, Maze, The Hida Express designs. Hannah's work often explores the textures, patterns, forms and structures of her surroundings, and the development of landscape over time.
Leah is an American illustrator and designer. A self-taught artist, Leah draws her inspiration from her old neighborhood in East Austin, her love of folk art, and her Native American roots. Leah currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and created our Angles and Mountain Blossom designs.
Tilman is an interaction and graphic designer from Nuremberg, Germany. Since 2012 he has created over 500 geometric minimal compositions, publishing them daily on Geometrydaily.com. His work with Link includes the Arcs and Triangles furoshiki and pocket squares.
Hennie is a freelance illustrator based in London. She studied illustration at Brighton university where she developed her hand drawn style, which she put to lovely effect in her Objects furoshiki.
Erika keeps Link's international deliveries running like clockwork, helped by her logistics experience at Louis Vuitton Japan. She previously lived in L.A. for 4 years, and now lives in Tokyo where she's bringing up two boys.