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Announcement    Welcome to 5th Season! All of our products are made out of previously loved + repurposed materials and carefully handcrafted.


Welcome to 5th Season! All of our products are made out of previously loved + repurposed materials and carefully handcrafted.


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About 5thseason

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On Etsy since 2009

Old Upcycled into New. Every Day.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, I was raised by parents who instilled in me both worlds of strict discipline and unwavering curiosity for adventure. My interests have taken me backpacking all over the world, meeting all sorts of people, enjoying many flavors of food, challenging my physical and mental capacities, and led me through a curvy career path: industrial engineering ... forestry ... Geographic Information System ... plant pathology research ... a stint in organizing a non-profit ... and now, an entrepreneur!

In the Winter of 2010, I left my plant pathology research career in the dust and took a leap to satisfy my long standing craving: a creative, handcrafted, self-providing career. Mission: to fertilize the upcycling movement and inspire the community to see abundant possibilities in consumer goods sadly labeled as “trash” and “useless”.

I packed all of my belonging in my car and, with my kitties purring on my lap, kissed the San Francisco Bay Area goodbye and drove north...all the way up to Portland! The fun-loving, passionate and community-driven city embraced me whole heartedly and dunked me in a colorful pool of vividly inspiring talents of all mediums. Within the first year, 5th Season was featured on The Oregonian, Neighborhood Notes and MIX Magazine and was sold in 7 boutiques!

5th Season provides you quality made, chic, upcycled handbags and accessories using reclaimed materials gathered locally in Portland. In a java loving city, I have been showered with reclaimed coffee burlap sacks, which are reinforced and used for the exterior; lined with reclaimed shirts, pants and other natural fiber, and fastened with wooden buttons handmade from tree trimmings. The combination of science and art in my educational background and upbringing reflects in my designs and detail oriented production.

Still, after a year and a half since my move to the Pacific Northwest, the excitement and my great fortune of living in a city with such eclectic beauty makes me burst out in laughter and beaming smiles. I am happy to be doing what I enjoy, contributing to a movement I am deeply passionate about, playing in a city I absolutely adore and serving amazing customers like you! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity and your continuing support!

Shop members

  • Akiko Oguchi

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Handcrafter, bicycle enthusiast, nature lover, joyous laugher, optimist + dreamer, idea + project generator, extending lives of raw material to reduce waste and inspire creative consumption.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 16, 2015
Thank you for visiting my shop where I design and handcraft upcycled handbags and accessories. Below covers my policies. If you have additional questions or concerns, please shoot me a message and we can get those squared away.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All 5th Season items are final sales! So please make sure to carefully read measurements, colors, and message me with ANY questions prior to purchase. All items are 100% unique and given great attention to detail.

Custom orders are not refundable or exchangeable.

Sale items are not refundable or exchangeable.

5th Season is not responsible for lost items.
5th Season accepts Paypal + direct credit card payments. Payments are due at the time of your order.
Domestic and international shipping:
Domestic deliveries are shipped via USPS Priority after confirmation of payment is received.

Domestic will take approximately 2-10 days. International will take approximately 10-14 days.

"Ready to ship" goodies will be shipped immediately after payment has been received.
"Made to order" goodies will be shipped 1-2 weeks after payment has been received. "Custom order" goodies will be shipped 2 weeks after payment has been received. Additional time may be necessary if custom order is extensive or for multiple custom orders. In is the case, you will be notified before your purchase.

I am always happy to combine shipping. Please note upon purchase which items to package together.

Double & triple check your mailing address and make sure it's correct! 5th Season will not be responsible if the wrong shipping address is provided.

If you would like tracking or insurance, please note this when ordering. This is especially the case for international deliveries. 5th Season will invoice the additional cost. There will be no refunding for lost packages.

All duty, import taxes and any other charges and fees will fall in the hands of the end customer. Please message me with any questions or concerns before making a purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are a buyer who is interested in wholesale purchase, please send me a message and I am happy to send you a line sheet along with any other information you may need.