It’s a beautiful thing when craftsmanship, so demanding and requiring such intense concentration, intersects with pure pleasure. Such is the case with The pleasure of wearing. Launched by the Japanese leather goods maker Tsuchiya Kaban in 2020, The pleasure of wearing is a design initiative in which individual craftsmen have complete creative freedom to create a container for carrying objects – a kind of bag. The first project to debut was that of Yusuke Kadoi watermelon bag. It is a bag specially designed to carry a single watermelon. It even features flexible panels and a sturdy, rounded handle for added comfort when carrying such a heavy item.
This was followed by the Yukidaruma Bag (yukidaruma Is translated by snow buddy in Japanese) by Yuko Matsuzawa. This particular handbag is made of water-resistant leather and has a thermal insulated polyester interior lining, perfect for carrying your very own little snowman. Matsuzawa explains that she was “inspired by the first snowfall of the season – looking out the window on a cold morning, seeing the first snowflakes falling to the ground and being filled with the desire to share this moment with someone. that you like”.
In 2021, the elegant structure Wine glass bag was unveiled, designed to carry a single glass of wine in style. The still charming Skipping stone bag was also unveiled this year, offering a unique carrying case for individual stones that can be worn around the waist or across the body. Each design so far has been an original interpretation of functional accessories. While they now offer ultra-specific bags, Tsuchiya Kaban hasn’t always been a brand known for its eclectic taste.
Tsuchiya Kaban got its start 50 years ago making durable and comfortable schoolbags for children. Since then, she has expanded her repertoire of minimalist handcrafted leather goods to bags of various shapes, sizes and functions. According to their website, the artisans of Tsuchiya Kaban draw on the brand’s “decades of accumulated leatherwork experience and technical expertise to continually change and innovate, resulting in a line of leather bags for adults with a manufacturing process that requires an incalculable number of steps”.
Each of these steps is carefully executed by the artisans of Tsuchiya Kaban – the leather is measured, cut and sewn by hand, the work of a professional, an artisan. Yet these unique bags, expertly designed and meticulously crafted, evoke a childlike wonder, a smile of surprise. What feeling could there be, other than pleasure, at the thought of rocking a sleek bag comfortably holding a single glass of wine?
If you’re in Japan, you can see these bags in person at a traveling exhibit that takes place at Tsuchiya Kaban outlets. These exhibits will showcase the bags alongside videos of their production processes. For more information
Japanese leather goods maker Tsuchiya Kaban’s The pleasure of wearing allows artisans to freely create original handbags, including this watermelon bag.
Also in the collection, Yuko Matsuzawa Snowpal baga carrying case for a small snowman.
It is made of water-resistant leather and lined with thermally insulated polyester.
This Wine glass bag is designed to hold a single glass of wine.
There is also the Skipping stone bagwhich is designed to carry multiple jump stones and can be worn around the waist or across the body.
All images via Tsuchiya Kaban.
23 Handmade Leather Backpacks That Are Stylish For Any Occasion
A Japanese designer creates a cyberpunk kimono with a neon backpack
15+ Japanese designs that have subtly outdone the rest of the world