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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, and John Lobbs 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 award winning cocktail bar, Bar Leather Apron.
Tom is an avid tennis player and loves to travel. He is active on the tennis committee of Waialae Country Club, the Kahiau (Access Tennis) Foundation, and remains very active with his alma mater, Iolani School. His favorite activity however is spending quality time with his friends and family.
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.”
Travis’s relationship with Leather Soul first started as a customer 10+ years ago. Now he is the Manager of Leather Soul Downtown. As former LSDT’s Manager Justin Cariaga’s best friend, Travis learned the ins and outs of LS first hand and now looks to carry on Justin’s relationships and work ethic.
With a long history in luxury and street fashion retail, Travis brings his love of footwear and clothing to Leather Soul.
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.
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.
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.