The Japanese Plant Whisperer of the LES

Image: Filson

Image: Filson

When you walk past the Filson store open on Great Jones, you’re initially drawn to the front window, filled with lush greenery. Go inside and you’ll find yourself facing a full backdrop of plant life; a living, breathing microcosm of a world in which Filson’s line of timeless, rugged products finds a natural home. It’s an odd, unexpected and beautiful thing to stumble upon while you’re window-shopping, and the man responsible is a Japanese creative director and botanist named Satoshi Kawamoto.

Image: Green Fingers

Image: Green Fingers

Know to his friends simply as Satie San, Kawamoto started his plant-based lifestyle brand (when’s the last time you heard a descriptor like that?) Green Fingers in Japan. He has now brought his skills to New York, relocating to East 1st Street and managing his Japanese-based operation from there while building a strong roster of clients, like Filson, eager for him to transform their spaces with his unique vision.

Image: Deco Room With Plants/Satoshi Kawamoto

Image: Deco Room With Plants/Satoshi Kawamoto

You can learn more about Kawamoto by tracking down one of his books, reading this profile and Q&A on Industry of One, or visiting him on the Lower East Side at 44B East 1st Street during his open hours.



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