When it comes to the “that’s cool” scale, I thought this rated extremely high. These “Bag-on-bags” are made out of Japanese washi paper, molded to resemble protruding 3D outlines of retro designs like doctor bags, weave baskets and more..
These are a collaboration between Japanese brand Matohu based in Tokyo and Coshell from Iwate prefecture. Japanese washi paper is known for being incredibly strong despite it’s makeup, and Coshell have taken extra steps to coating it, ensuring a long lifetime. The bag lineup includes animal drawstrings made with fabric from the Matohu 2014 SS line which always employs traditional methods of creating modern textiles. Coshell is a duo of Utako Sawafuji and Tadashi Ogasawara who got their start in Shimokitazawa in Tokyo before moving to the countryside of Iwate. The bags are on display and for sake at the Matohu flagship boutique and atelier on Omotesando. Strewn throughout the displays are cute little comics drawn by Ogasawara of Coshell. See it before Feb 2nd (5-9-25 Jingumae)
matohu ゲストアーティスト・シリーズ Vol. 5
-Asst edits: Natsumi Yasuoka
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