Japanese by birth, the designer Daiki Suzuki has been living and working in the USA since 1989. His work as a buyer and researcher led him to become one of the major experts in traditional American outdoor wear. Gradually his innate understanding of the authenticy of individual pieces influenced his career and led him to become a designer. In 1991, he moved to New York where he began work on his Engineered Garments line- launched in 1999- designed in partnership with Todd Killian and initially only for the Japanese market. Most recently Daiki developed the Woolrich Woolen Mills collection, working with original fabrics and archive pieces produced over the years at the Woolrich Woolen Mills in Pennysilvania (founded in 1830) and using traditional American manufacturing methods. The line has only been around since winter 2006 and is already noted for its collectability and the uniqueness of its pieces, which are all finished by hand.