A husband and wife team, tucked in a workshop in the hills of the Saitama region of Japan, oversee every step of the process of crafting these bags. Previously, the pair crafted equestrian products for the racehorse industry—an industry where sturdiness and finish are essential to an acceptable product. Branching out on their own, they wanted to use the same sturdy materials combined with objects of everyday use. Bags were a natural choice.
This tote's sturdy canvas, reinforced with smooth, vegetable tanned cow hide leather, gives the bag a retained shape, making it easy to fill with books, trinkets from the market or picnic gear, and set down conveniently at your side without it toppling over. The straps, which have been hand painted along the sides, are attached to the interior slash and patch pockets with solid brass rivets.
The bag is a representation of Japanese design, at once whimsical, indefinably distinct, and refined to a degree almost unthinkable elsewhere.
The leather straps and bottom should maintain their beauty and luster for a lifetime. If you happen to set your bag down in a puddle, or the leather begins to collect dirt, simply wipe off with a damp cloth.
Like all waxed canvas, the natural development of kinks, scars and marks will develop and become part of the character and patina of the bag.
Working side by side, Manabu and Keiko chose the vegetable-tanned cow hide for its strength. They selected thicker #9 canvas for the interior slash and patch pockets because it would help the bag stand up and hold heavier accessories, and lighter #11 canvas for the exterior to make the bag more flexible. The choice to use waxed canvas meant the bag could go anywhere, and stand up to weather and spills. Lastly, hand painting the strap edges with a black leather paint would protect the edges from wear.
The 10" leather straps are attached to the interior slash and patch pockets with solid brass rivets, and the inside pockets are just the right size for sliding in an iPad. The bag's easy-open top and retained shape make it ideal for the daily commute. You won't have to fuss with buckles and straps when you want to quickly put something in or out, and you can set it down at your side without it toppling over.
Southern Field has been providing handcrafted, high quality small accessories since 2008. They specialize in rucksacks, totes, haversacks, and wallets.
All purpose tote bag with waxed canvas outer. Supple black leather straps and full leather bottom. Large inside pocket sized for an iPad. 14" length x 18" width. Handmade in Saitama, Japan. Ships free. Also comes in olive.
14 inches T x 18 inches W
(35.56 cm T x 45.72 cm W)
- Exterior: Japanese Waxed Canvas #11
- Pockets: Japanese Waxed Canvas #9
- Japanese Vegetable Tanned Oiled Cow Leather
- Black Hand Painted Edge
- Japanese Vegetable Tanned Cow Leather
- Hand Pressed SFI Logo
- Japanese Polished Brass Rivets
- Riveted with Handmade Leather Washer
- Leather Strap with Denim Button Closure
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