Japanese bike builder Osamu Fukuda has been building lug-less frames by hand for 35 years. New to the Kinfolk team, Fukuda remains dedicated to the artistry he’s applied for three generations. In the above video profile, Fukuda explains how he came to build for Kinfolk and how his own personal combination of hard work and expertise embodies the Japanese way of making products.
"Kinfolk was formed in 2008 by friends from New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Japan. The concept of a “Kinfolk life” evolved from their desire to create products and experiences they’d imagine but couldn’t find to purchase. Combining experience from a variety of disciplines, the group set out to source the highest quality designers, builders and techniques to develop lasting products and unique experiences. As the Kinfolk family continues growing by the day, the missions of working hard and having fun remain steadfast. Even if they don’t always unfold in that order."
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