About Kitayama

About Kitayama Studio 北山制包所

Kitayama Studio 北山制包所 is founded by Mao and Juno in October 2014 in Beijing.

The characters ‘北山’ have two meanings with two different pronunciations in Chinese and Japanese languages: first, ‘北山’ pronounced as ‘beishan’ in Chinese is the name of a beautiful street in Hangzhou China. At dusk watching the sun slowly disappearing under the horizon, this quiet street brings tranquility and happiness. Second, ‘kitayama’ is the Japanese pronunciation of ‘北山’. Inspired by Japanese craftsmanship and learning from Japanese leathercraft techniques, Mao and Juno named the studio ‘kitayama'.

Time passing is a frightening thing. Grew up, worked and moved among the hustle and bustle of different cities, calm and peaceful moments in Beishan Street became a luxury.

Handcrafting leather goods require love, care, and patience. In this hasty era when time becomes a luxury, Kitayama dedicates to creating the unique design with quality and delicacy. Kitayama wishes to bring the joy and exquisiteness to its customers.

Our Principles

Kitayama designers work with highly experienced craftsmen and utilize premium-quality leather and metal accessories to handcraft designer leather goods. Kitayama design emphasizes the beauty of simple form and clean line. In pursuit of functionality, Kitayama bags marry comfort and look, fashion and tradition, uniqueness and versatility. Persistent but abstinent, principled but unsophisticated, superior but interesting: Kitayama endows each bag with a personality reflecting, Kitayama expects, that of its owner.

Every Kitayama bag has to be approved by its designers and artisans, only when the work is satisfactory, can Kitayama present it to the customers. Day by day Kitayama is devoted to perfecting its design and craftsmanship. Kitayama does not follow the fashion trend: each Kitayama collection has been created based on the strong design concept. Minimalist and elegant, Kitayama creates the unique bag for the unique temperament.

Our Studio

Kitayama has over 200 square meters of studio space that includes design space, crafting space, office space and storage space. Every Kitayama bag is created and handcrafted in the studio and carefully inspected before sending to the customer.

Media Report

| 2017-04-13 LFW17: Kitayama x Shone Puipia
Temper Magazine
| 2017-02-11 Kitayama Naoshima #handbag
Fashion Hunters

Business Collaboration


Kitayama is looking for designers with talent and passion for the leather goods design. No matter you are a newly graduated student or an independent designer, Kitayama will help you. From marketing to production, from order taking to distribution, Kitayama provides a complete supply chain and marketing channel to help you turn your designs into finished leather goods and get them to customers worldwide. If you are interested in leather goods design, please do not hesitate to contact us.

email Kitayamastudio@163.com (Please mention Designer Collaboration in the email title. )
Agent and Distributor

Kitayama welcomes collaboration with fashion agents and distributors worldwide. No matter you are from online stores or boutiques, if you are interested in Kitayama products, please contact us and we will send you our current lookbook and product information.

email Kitayamastudio@163.com (Please mention Agent and Distributor in the email title.)


Join us

Please send your resume to:
email Kitayamastudio@163.com ( Please mention your applied position in the email title. )
Leather goods designer

1. You hold a degree in Fashion Design and familiar with leather goods design and crafting technique. You are capable of working independently and developing new collection.

2. You have at least two years working experience and have your appreciation for design and understanding on the originality of design.

You appreciate the Kitayama’s design style and principles.

Designer Assistant

1. You are graduated from Design related majors and have the design portfolio with mature projects.

2. You have at least two years working experience and have your appreciation for design and understanding on the originality of design.