about us

Akogare Trading Company is an online pop-up shop featuring a small collection of objects curated by Jane Kobayashi and Lesley Roberts, and will be open whenever our travels, discoveries, and creations align. Our intention is to celebrate handmade, traditionally made crafts and the authentic, aesthetic experience of our lives. Akogare Trading Company is about the people we meet, the things we discover, and the moments we relish – simple beautiful objects, flavors, places, and experiences that reflect our appreciation for beauty and simplicity. Most of what we feature is made in small batches, or discovered in flea markets and far-flung travel, so when we sell out, we’re out.

We don’t really need more stuff in our lives. What we do need is the ability to create lives of beauty and meaning – through time spent with family and friends, through work of the mind and the hand performed with grace and gratitude, and through the simple pleasures of useful tools, beautiful objects, evocative flavors, and memories of times spent with loved ones. Our purpose is to seek out the makers and creators of traditional textiles, ceramics, metalwork, leatherwork – objects of the hand that are vehicles for the deepest modes of human expression. That’s the idea behind Akogare Trading Company.

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For answers to more detailed questions about the shop – shipping, payment and such – please refer to the FAQ page.

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We look forward to offering a series of a pop-ups throughout the year, influenced by people we’ve met, places we’ve been, and items we’ve discovered and imagined and brought into being. Thank you for your interest, and we hope you enjoy Akogare Trading Company.