8 Classy Everyday Bags + 8 Japanese Bag Makers to Love
Let's look to the East for something different and classy.
What was seen cannot be unseen – the moment I set my eyes on these bags, I knew I have to
buy show them to you.
If you’re not a fan of designer bags, or you’re simply looking for something different yet high quality, look to the East – more specifically, Japan, for today. I love Japan not just because of their anime (hey, I’m a fan!) but also their innovative (and sometimes bizarre) Japanese inventions – of course, you can expect no less from the country who gave birth to the children of Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Kenzo Takada.
Take a look at these 8 classy bags we love:
Porter 2-way Brief Case
Yoshida & Co. Ltd, Japan
Porter is a private line by Japanese leather goods veteran Yoshida & Co Ltd. Founded in 1935, the company has been a highly respected and well-received Japanese label across the continents. This classic Porter briefcase embodies the essence of Yoshida’s craftsmanship and history.
Pelle Morbida, Japan
At first glance, you might have mistaken this brand for an Italian brand. Despite its Italian inspired theme, Pelle Morbida (or “soft skin” in Italian) is a Japanese brand through and through.
Aria Nylon Briefcase
Born in 1987, bag and luggage maker INDEED has always prided themselves on the quality of the materials used in their bags. One great example is this nylon-and-leather briefcase called “Aria.”
Brooklyn Museum, Japan
There’s a Brooklyn Museum here in Japan. That’s right – but it’s not related to the real Brooklyn in any way. Brooklyn’s philosophy is to build great products with durability and quality that are worth more than the price tag.
Beetle 2-way Shoulder Bag
This interesting shoulder bag was named “Beetle” because of its unique shape that looks like a beetle when it lies flat. “Beetle” is made by Japanese veteran bag maker brand Herz. The cool looking “Beetle” is large enough for anything you could think of putting inside your everyday bag.
Somès Saddle x HT Label Container
While being recognised as one of the best leather goods makers in Japan, Somès doesn’t just make bags and accessories – the company is the only leather goods maker in Japan who makes leather horse equipments. (Yup, for horses! E.g. harness.) All products by Somès are handmade.
Canvas Zipper Top
One interesting point about Mansaw is that all their products do not have their branding. Mansaw strives to provide the best quality leather goods with the most reasonable price in the market.
Tsuchiya Bag Co. Ltd, Japan
The unisex Otono Randsel was inspired by the infamous Japanese school-boy bag “Randoseru“, but Tsuchiya Bag took it to the next level by transforming the kids’ backpack into a chic, minimalist and elegant business backpack.