This March, my travels landed me back in Kyushu, Japan. I arrived at Free Way Custom Motorcycles greeted by close friend and master bike builder Kenichi Mizutani. We caught up like family that hadn’t seen each other in months, joking, laughing; they asked about my new designs, jackets, boots, etc. I showed them everything that Black Bear Brand has coming and gave my ceremonial gifts to my friends. Following our greeting ritual, we walked the shop and talked about their current motorcycle projects and Kenichi presented me with a restored 1940 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead that would be my bike for the next two days. I couldn’t help but feel lucky to be here with Kenichi. I love motorcycles; I ride my motorcycle nearly every day, year-round. I’ve fallen in love with old motorcycles, they ignite my creativity and passion to explore. The craftsmanship found in Japan is second to none. The meticulous attention to craft found there is easy to fall in love with. What I design and produce is powered by these same specificities. The fabrics, leather work, food and of course motorcycles in Japan are a celebration of all the things I cherish!