STARWARS.COM SITS DOWN WITH THE LEAD DESIGNER FROM THE BESPOKE JAPANESE SHIRT MAKER TO FIND OUT HOW THEY MERGED CLASSIC CHARACTERS WITH OUT-OF-THIS-GALAXY PRINTS AND DESIGNS.
Since 2012, Original Stitch has been changing the game when it comes to men’s shirts. Providing what seems like endless options — you can choose everything from collar pattern and pockets vs. no pockets, to sleeve lengths and button color — these handmade shirts are custom made just for you, exactly how you like it. And it doesn’t end there. Now available for the first time in the U.S., Star Wars fans can incorporate their fandom into their custom Original Stitches. With over 30 unique Star Wars patterns, the possibilities are endless.
StarWars.com recently spoke with the lead designer Kazuki Higashi about what it’s like to work with such iconic character designs and the elation of solving the riddle of creating a totally new pattern.
StarWars.com: When did you become a Star Wars fan?
Kazuki Higashi: I first saw Star Wars on television in the early 1980s. As a kid, I never got tired of the movies and watched them over and over again. My favorite scene to imitate was Princess Leia’s line, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” I loved that Luke Skywalker accidentally hears this message after cleaning R2-D2!
When I rewatched the Star Wars movies again as an adult, I felt that I was able to enjoy the storylines of Episodes IV through VI even more. As an adult, I had a whole new perspective and the movies weren’t just about galactic space wars. You notice recurring themes such as fighting on and never giving up, even when the end seems imminent.