"The details are not the details. They make the design."
 —Charles Eames

Inspired by traditional leather craftsmanship and intricate hand-sewing techniques, I set out to create a footwear design that blends traditional leather construction with modern footwear and sneaker design.


A streetwear inspired athletic sneaker, incorporating high-quality European leather for both style and comfort. The Sawa Leather Sneaker combines traditional leather craftsmanship and active footwear to create a versatile design that can be worn both on and off the court.  

Below is a collection of product design imagery and moodboard references that helped inform the visual language of my design.

Ideation using Copic Markers

Leather hand-stitching samples, exploring both structural integrity and accenting. 
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