Made In Japan! 5 Recommended Bag Shops in Tokyo
Bags that are made in Japan are said to be sophisticated and high-quality, making them really popular! Here are 5 bag shops in Tokyo.
Starting off as a manufacturer of randoseru bags (traditional backpacks used by Japanese elementary school students) in 1965, Tsuchiya Kaban also makes products for adults keeping in mind that "sturdiness" and "timeless" are 2 important design factors in order for long-term use. Lined up on the shelves in the store are bags, each and every one carefully hand made using only the finest leather. Tsuchiya Kaban's work shop is also located in the same place as the main branch, so if you'd like, you could also take a look at how randoseru bags are made.
Price Example: Tone Oilnume Shoulder Bag (59,000 JPY (incl. tax))
Kitamura's main branch is located in Yokohama. The keywords here are kindness, cuteness, and stylishness. Kitamura provides lifetime after-sales services for their quality products, such as cleaning and repairs, in order to provide the best hospitality and make satisfied long-term customers. Besides this branch, there are others within major department stores in Tokyo, such as Mitsukoshi in Nihonbashi and Ginza, and Daimaru connected to Tokyo Station.
Price Example: Handbag (6,300 JPY ～ 53,000 JPY, incl. tax)
Inujirushi Kaban, a maker of vigor canvas (thick cloth made of either cotton or hemp), became domestically famous from 1965 to 1974 for its bicycle handlebar bags. Their trademark, a dog snuggling up to a bag, symbolizes their ambitions of their bags protecting their owners' important articles, just like the St. Bernard rescue dogs of the Swiss Alps. You can see the bag makers working with all their hearts and souls in the workshop right next door. The charm of Inujirushi Kaban is that they have an extensive array of goods for daily use, such as tote bags, business bags, and Boston bags.
Price Example: Inujirushi Pure Cotton Canvas Tote Bag (M) (10,260 JPY, incl. tax)
Kura Chika Yoshida Omotesando is the flagship store of the bag maker Yoshida & Co., Ltd., established in 1935. Founder Kichizo Yoshida's philosophy of "heart and soul into every stitch" still persists as the company motto. This strong conviction can be seen in the care and attention to detail paid by the highly-skilled workers in the bag making process, from the choosing of materials to the design and actual stitching of every bag. Displayed within the store are bags made with the fabulous skills of said workers.
Price Example: 3WAY Brief Case (16,500 JPY - 70,000 JPY, excl. tax)
genten goes back to the basics with their concept that "human beings are a part of nature." The 3 basic principles of this brand are to care for the environment, to use our limited natural resources wisely, and to manufacture long-lasting products. While their main products are bags made of natural leather, genten has also started producing wallets, card cases, and even shoes and clothes. In their company shops, including this Ichigaya branch that's also their main branch, there is also a workshop where you can order or send your products for repair directly to the workers.
Price Example: Tosca Shoulder Bag (35,640 JPY ～ 44,280 JPY, incl. tax)
Did you like any of these bag shops? Each brand has their own unique charms, but the same thing among all of them is that they are continuously coming up with new designs and creations, so you should check back every once in a while. Who knows, you might find something that you like!
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