Gaku Tsuyoshi from Tokyo – Japan started his FDMTL brand in 2005 because he couldn’t find the jeans he was looking for. This is the most common drive why people start with their own business. Gaku produced distressed jeans for several years before he expanded FDMTL with indigo fabrics and patchwork designs. Next to his very impressive collections Gaku also collabs with a lot of high-quality brands to create outstanding and special products. In 2016 for example he teamed-up with skateboard brand Vans to develop a special Era and Slip-On version.
That same year he also did a super nice collab together with Dover Street Market Ginza and created a boro inspired Eames Chair.
For this year we can expect collaborations with Vans (Sk8-Hi, Slip-on), New Era (5950 fitted hat), and Masterpiece (rucksack, tote) will all use a new Deep Indigo Collection design. Other notable collaborations include Jam Homemade (accessories), Chup (socks), Danner (hiking boots), and Seviskig (leather jackets).
My friends from the Heddels platform spent the afternoon with Gaku Tsuyoshi at his FDMTL’s flagship store, Catii Tokyo, in Meguro. He spoke with Heddels about his roots in denim, his love for boro fabrics, and his recent successful creative collaborations.
Check the video of the Heddels X FDMTL studio visit;