How it began and about the founder…


Ritsuko Yagi was born in Tokyo and at the age of six, relocated to San Francisco where she was raised. In her teens, from a specialist magazine shop on Fillmore street, she discovered her first copy of i-D magazine (where she later worked on special projects with Terry Jones). At eighteen, still-fascinated with the sub-cultures, art and design coming out of London, she moved there and trained at Central Saint Martins where she holds a BA (hons) in Graphic Communications Design. Ritsuko Yagi grew up in a family of curious travelers, designers and collectors of functional and decorative objects of design. This is the life she loves and knows best.

Looking back, Ritsuko Yagi realized that some of her most meaningful discoveries that shaped her own (and the lives of many others who influenced her) had intersected through independent shops and venues. They were often run by people who pushed boundaries and were also passionate in what they presented. Taking cues from our ever-evolving interests and times, Chariots on Fire was started by Ritsuko Yagi as an opportunity to offer distinct finds with an audience who seek the rare and beautiful. Chariots on Fire has sold works by local artists such as Polly Wales, Adam Silverman and Christina Kim of dosa, introduced new works by Makoto Kagoshima and Grainne Morton and its publication is available at Arcana Books, Art Catalogues at LACMA and the new Tsutaya Books at Ginza Six. Ritsuko Yagi currently lives in Venice, LA, California with her husband and continues to work there as a muti-disciplinary designer where Chariots on Fire is currently based.

“I don’t think we need many, many things. Just a few, exciting things to use often and enjoy as much as we can.” - Ritsuko Yagi