Born and raised in Japan, Yuko Ogawa wanted to be a dancer her whole life. She has always been fascinated with different forms of art. After a trip to Jamaica in 1999, she was inspired by the vibrancy of the people, culture, and craftsmanship she witnessed there, particularly from the women she saw making hats. This instantly sparked Yuko’s interest and she decided to venture into this craft herself.
Upon her return to Japan she took a hatmaking class while working another job and began making hats for herself and friends under the name Really Roots. Feeling she needed a change in her life and new inspiration, she later moved to New York City, where she now makes hats by hand out of Brooklyn. Her artisanal handmade hats are works of art, and each uniquely made.