Born in Japan Flower Mountain is the unexpected love child of Keisuke Ota, 42 years old, a Japanese shoe designer and Yang Chao, 41 years old, who is one of the most famous designers in China. The brand originated from a meeting between Ota from Tokyo and Chao from Beijing, who discovered that they had a common passion for mountain trekking, music and quite obviously, Footwear. Two people of one mind met and overcame the odds to realise their dreams, so the friendship was cemented quickly, deciding to take a trip to the Mount Fuji Fuji Rock Festival” where they came up with the idea of designing a functional and attractive shoe, and Flower MOUNTAIN was born.
Yang Chao is 41 years old and is one of the most famous designers in China and co-founder of Flower MOUNTAIN. While living in Beijing in 1998 he started to design and create shoes and became head designer for important Chinese companies and international brands. In 2015 Yang Chao founded Breath Design in Tokyo together with Keisuke Ota, for their Flower MOUNTAIN project.
Born and raised in Tokyo Keisuke Ota is 42 years old and loves rock music and Japanese culture. Beginning his career in 2001 as a self-taught shoe designer, creating many collections for both Japanese and international brands. K is well known for his passion for materials, his original style and attention to detail. He started working with Yang Chao in 2014 and is one of the co-founders of Breath Design Ltd. Tokyo.
In common besides a deep friendship, the pair have several passions, including the mountains, trekking and footwear. That's where they were inspired to develop an idea of a shoe that could tell their story, their experiences in contact with nature. In 2015 they founded the Dandelion mountaineering association, followed by Breath Design co. Ltd Tokyo, before they started designing their first shoe collection.
Shoes Bar Beijing and HPF in Tokyo immediately embraced the project and the public responded enthusiastically. After their first collection in 2015 many retailers became interested in their style. In 2016 the Breath Design team joined forces with ShoesBar and the Italian company Falc S.p.A , taking Flower MOUNTAIN to a whole new level and introducing the brand on international markets.
"SHOES ARE SMALL WORKS OF ARCHITECTURE" is the brand’s primary concept. In fact the study behind the choice of natural materials such as cork and cotton, the sleek and low line of the sneakers to commemorate the fluidity of water and the selection of prints inspired by the British textile designer William Morris, suggests Flower Mountain as a small work of art to wear. Flower MOUNTAIN wants to discover the beauty and respect for the natural world trying to achieve a perfect combination of design and what surrounds us.
Inspired by oriental folklore, 19th century English painters and the modern techniques of European craftsmanship, the brand embraces the pace of nature to become this fancy, functional, and attractive sneakers collection.
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