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Tom’s love of shoes began at the age of 5 when he was given his first pair of Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes. Since then, he has gone through hundreds of pairs of shoes and his current collection includes about 80 pairs of Aldens, Edward Greens, John Lobbs, and Saint Crispin’s to name a few.
A graduate of Iolani School in Honolulu, Tom spent 9 months studying abroad in Kobe, Japan during his studies at the University of Hawaii. After graduation, Tom has had experiences in sales, management, and finance before deciding to follows his dream and open Leather Soul.
Tom was named the 2008 SBA Young Entreprenuer of the Year and 2012 Hawaii Korean Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also the co-owner and co-founder of Bar Leather Apron and Hawaii Paperworks.
Tom is an avid tennis player and loves to travel. He is active on the tennis committee of Waialae Country Club, the Kahiau Foundation, and remains very active with his alma mater, Iolani School. His favorite activity however is spending quality time with his friends and family.
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Kuni has been living in Hawaii for over a decade. A graduate of Nihon University in Tokyo, Kuni has a wealth of experience in sales and management, specializing in leathergoods, jewelry, and high end watches.
When not hard at work, Kuni enjoys spending time with his son and wife. His hobbies include yo-yo, photography, tennis, and swimming. Kuni also has a passion for Native American art and visits reservations to meet with friends and to learn about the Native American culture.
Yasuo first met Tom as one of his first customers back in 2004 while he was in charge of Mitsukoshi’s Hawaii operations from 2001-2006. A 20+ year veteran with Mitsukoshi Japan most recently Head Buyer of luxury brands, Yasuo recently decided to quit his career and move back to Hawaii to join the Leather Soul family.
A “shoe maniac,” Yasuo’s current collection includes over 130 pairs of fine shoes, specifically 75 pairs of Aldens, his favorite brand. He hopes to collect 200 pairs of Aldens one day. Yasuo also quietly owns one of the most impressive collections of Fire-King products in the world.
Ken joined Leather Soul in 2009. Since 1991, Ken has worked overseas in Japan and Thailand, as a director and consultant for companies dealing with Japanese companies such as Toyota. Before joining Leather Soul, Ken was a top salesperson at Tourneau.
Having lived in Japan for many years, Ken is fluent in the Japanese language. Ken is LSW’s resident shoe collector and karaoke king.
With previous experience in luxury goods and sneakers, Justin brings multifaceted experience and passion for shoes and fashion to Leather Soul.
Justin has an acute interest in photography and appreciates all tiers of fashion, from street fashion all the way up to runway. He enjoys traveling and art.
Will and Tom have been “brothers” since they first met in junior high school at Iolani School. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in computer technology, Will spent over 10 years as a business analyst for international as well as local companies.
Will’s hobbies include modifying cars, traveling the world, and playing basketball. He has an acute interest in watches and tattoos. His shoe collection is quite impressive, consisting of many pairs of our high end shoes as well as collectable “kicks.”
Rance joins Leather Soul after 10+ years in the hospitality and customer service industry. A graduate of the University of Hawaii with a degree in Travel Industry Management, Rance spent 2015-2016 in Kanagawa, Japan improving his Japanese language skills and expanding his life experiences.
Our resident “sneaker head,” Rance’s collection includes over 150 pairs of sneakers. He purchased his first pair of shoes from Leather Soul in 2012 and immediately became a fan of the quality and history of the products.
In his free time, Rance enjoys traveling, photography, working with his hands, and interacting with people from all over the world.