4 Recommended Japanese Bag Brands in Kyoto – From Feather-Light Bags to Genuine Leather!
Kyoto, known as the city of craftsmanship, is home to high-quality bag shops that use carefully selected materials and pride themselves on their distinctive designs. This article will introduce you to four of the best Japanese bag shops in Kyoto.
The designer, Masato Ono, starts his career as a sculpture, and now he handcrafts bags since launching the bag brand “onomasato” in 2007. His bags are completed through dozens of prototypes and trial manufacturing processes finely adjusting in millimeters. In addition to their elegant shapes, the bags are very functional: surprisingly light, durable, and easy to use. One of the recommended bags is the lightweight “3 ways bag men” (40,700 JPY (incl. tax)). The bag has a beautifully twisted shape, and is made of a textile so-called “polycarbonate”, which is hard to deteriorate. This bag would be perfect for your weekend trip.
Onoshoko Shoten Ltd.
Onoshoko Shoten Ltd.
“seisuke88” is an original bag brand created by a textile manufacturer in Kyoto. Using cutting-edge textile processing technology, their bags bring back traditional patterns from Kyoto’s Nishijin district found in a collection from approximately 150 years ago. The shop stocks various products, including bags, pouches, and wallets. It is the perfect place to look for souvenirs or gifts. One of the recommended bags is the “Big Tote Bag” (11,000 JPY (excl. tax)), which fits A4-sized documents and has plenty of space with two pockets inside. The slim and simple handles of the bag are made out of tanned leather, which deepens in color with use. Enjoy how the leather changes slowly over time, developing its own character. This bag will definitely be an item you will treasure for a long time.
High-quality leather and the careful handwork of skillful craftsmen is what makes Tsuchiya-Kaban a popular brand across all ages. “Diario”, meaning diary in Italian, is the recommended style. The simple yet distinctive bags are exceptional, made using “oil mellow leather”, which enhances the natural look and feel of the leather. With time, the leather develops a rich color and finish, making it full of personality. Just like a diary that you use everyday to keep a record of your plans, your bag will develop its own personality and will surely become an item that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Established in 2017 in Kyoto, KENTO HASHIGUCHI’s brand concept is “a bag that can be part of fashion, but can also exist as a distinct product”. All the bags have a somewhat retro feel, yet their designs are all fresh, simple, and unique. In 2020, the brand released its first leather collection. The simple forms that the leather bags take are a perfection of minimalism, and you will no doubt fall in love with their beauty. At KENTO HASHIGUCHI’s directly-managed store “Sudachidou”, you will find antique items other than bags. It is definitely worth a visit.
All the items introduced in this article are carefully made by craftsmen and will last you a lifetime. Why not make a visit and find your very own special bag?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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