Trunk Clothiers x Ichizawa Hanpu Popup Event

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Drop into Trunk LABS on Thursday 21st September for a special event to celebrate the launch of Trunk Clothiers and Ichizawa Hanpu’s special collaboration tote bag.

Recognise the trademark bright colours and simple design? Beloved of students and company workers all over Japan, Ichizawa Hanpu have been making their iconic canvas cotton bags for over one hundred years since way back in 1905.

Thanks to their durability and clear design, Ichizawa’s bags have served many purposes over the decades, proving popular with tradesman such as carpenters, errand boys and milkmen before being used for Navy parachute bags and hammocks during the war. In later years, they became the brand of choice for mountain climbers, being used for mountaineering goods such as Kissling rucksacks, until they were eventually superseded by modern synthetic fibres.

Hand-making Ichizawa Hanpu bags

These days, Ichizawa’s products have found new life as contemporary fashion statements, while maintaining their rich history of Japanese quality and craftsmanship. At the Ichizawa workshop, a two-person team tackle the task of producing each bag by hand. The expert is in charge of the sewing machine, while the apprentice is in charge of marking out the material and attaching the metal parts to finish each bag. On average, it takes around ten years for an apprentice to progress to expert level.

Trunk Clothiers are the brand’s only stockists outside of Japan. So it seemed only natural for them to collaborate with Ichizawa on their own Ichizawa Hanpu products, presenting the new collection for sale both in their London store, Trunk LABS, as well as on their webstore for the first time.
 

About the Collaboration Tote Bag

A remake of the existing Ichizawa Hanpu H-09 tote model, Trunk and Ichizawa’s collaboration tote bag has been modified to include extra depth and a longer handle length, perfect for on or off shoulder carrying. It has an internal pocket, complete with zip closure, to safely store your valuables, and is finished off with a special high-quality embroidered “Trunk x Ichizawa” collaboration label. The bag is available in a choice of three classic shades: navy, olive or yellow.

As well as the collaboration tote, Trunk x Ichizawa have also produced two designs of canvas pouches (small and medium) and a zip closure pen case, continued in the same three navy, olive or yellow hues and complete with the collaboration label. All the collaboration items are 100% cotton canvas and made in Kyoto, Japan.

 

Trunk x Ichizawa collaboration tote bag

Trunk x Ichizawa collaboration items

Trunk x Ichizawa collaboration items

About the Popup Event

To celebrate the collaboration, Trunk LABS in London is hosting a special event on Thursday 21st September, 2017. Kaori Ichizawa and Sachie Sone from Ichizawa Hanpu will be in store, showcasing the collaboration as well as a wider range of products from Ichizawa’s Kyoto store.

There will also be a selection of teas from Postcard Tea served throughout the day. Postcard Tea specialize in quality teas based on their two key concepts: “provenance” (putting the maker’s name and location on all their teas) and “small tea” (sourcing their teas exclusively from small farms under 15 acres). They make over 60 varieties of tea to suit every palate, from black, green and white to oolong, puerh and stonerolled teas.

Drop in to admire the new canvas bags as you sip on a cup of tea from 11am-7pm Thursday on 21st September at Trunk LABS, 34 Chiltern Street, W1U 7QH London.

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