Sending the port city of Yokohama to the future by making bags [Yokohama canvas bag]
Site of this issue
[Occupation] Bag craftsman
[Takumi name] Yokohama canvas bag Yukio Suzuki
[Place] Yokohama, Universal Bridge
Carefully, carefully, and with all your thoughts.
A corner introducing manufacturing sites that make the most of handwork.
This time, a special vinylon used in ships,
Area code of Yokohama, sticking to domestic cotton canvas and materials
Even with the "045" brand signature
To the familiar "Yokohama canvas bag".
Simple and functional things are beautiful. “Yokohama canvas bag” is a form of that word. Excessive decoration is omitted, and thorough attention is paid to materials and parts. The materials mainly used are the vinylon-made warship canvas used in the Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, etc.Two types of domestic cotton canvas with a history of successful overseas export. “We wanted to make a bag like no other, and focused on the materials unique to the port town of Yokohama. With the ultimate outdoor specs, we want to send out high-quality products rather than mass consumption,” says Suzuki. Durable, high-quality materials, easy-to-grip handles and other details that take the sense of the user into consideration, and a design that gives a sense of beauty. Please try to pick up the "Yokohama original" at the shop next to the studio and workshop in Mangokubashi.
2 minutes walk from Bashamichi Station on the Minatomirai Line. "Yokohama canvas bag" which has a workshop on the side of Mangokubashi, which is also known as a superb view of Yokohama night view. Next to it, there are shops that have renewed the space that was previously used as a workshop.
Mr. Yukio Suzuki, who used to work for an apparel company in the previous job, thought of “Let's make things by myself” and “Unique Yokohama unique things” in 2013, and founded “Yokohama canvas bag”. .. Mr. Suzuki has seen hundreds of thousands of designs be mass-produced in China and other countries when he worked for an apparel company. When I started my own brand, I decided to thoroughly implement "high quality manufacturing that can be used for a long time, not mass consumption".
When you enter the workshop, you will see various things, such as the canvas fabric, which is the main character, colorful threads, parts such as zip-ups, and sample bags. Even though it was late in the morning, Mr. Suzuki and other staff at the workshop had already started silently, such as cutting the cloth and sewing.
Drill holes in a sturdy vinylon canvas and attach parts to it. Through these many manual processes, one bag is completed.
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The photo below shows chamfering of the leather handle. A staff member of a store handling "Yokohama canvas bag" said, "There was a voice from a female customer that the edge of the leather handle hits my hand." From that time on, a process called this chamfer was added.
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It is possible to make more by not chamfering for work. However, this chamfering work has been continued from the idea of Mr. Suzuki that "the user is satisfied and the better one". “I'm very grateful to have the bad part voiced. The good part is so natural that no one praises me (laughs), but I think that's fine.” Mr. Suzuki said that Japanese people are good at devising to improve, 600 chamfers have been completed the day before the interview date. Since there are two directions on both sides, a total of 1,200 chamfers have been done... One time to improve... A lot of time is spent there.
This is a press machine that engraves the brand signature "045" on leather with heat of about 120 degrees. This kind of steady work is repeatedly performed on each handle of a bag that is casually used.
We also talked about the materials that "Yokohama canvas bag" cherishes. “When we launched this brand, we wondered what it would be like in Yokohama. Yokohama is a port town, where there used to be a shipbuilding factory in the olden days. The two materials we are using now, “Morino Ship Canvas” And went to "Takeyari cotton canvas".
The first "Morino Shipboard Canvas" is from Morino Canvas Shipyard Co., Ltd., which was founded in 1914 in Yokohama as a shipyard processing business centering on canvas and ropes. It is Morino Canvas Ship Tool Industry's original vinylon ship cloth No. 4, which is used in the vessels of the JMSDF. The other "Bushiru Canvas" is from Takeyari Co., Ltd., which was founded in 1888 (Meiji 21). A long time ago, there was a company called Yokohama Hamafu Co., Ltd. in Yokohama, which entered the Showa era and focused on overseas markets. At that time, Manchuria, China, Africa and Australia It succeeded in exporting Japanese-made cotton canvas to countries all over the world. High-quality Japanese cotton canvas has been exported to the world from Yokohama. Its main production factory has been involved in the Takeshi textile factory (now Takeyari Co., Ltd.) in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. .. (From "Material & Parts", Yokohama canvas bag homepage)
In particular, I was worried about using vinylon materials. Although it is a material with excellent salt resistance, flame resistance, and light resistance that is strong against ultraviolet rays, is such material suitable for bag making? … “These performances are not required for everyday bags. However, when we decided to make an original product unique to Yokohama, the ultimate that port town/Yokohama sends is not the ultimate. "I decided to use this material, so I decided to use this material," Suzuki said.
Currently, Mr. Suzuki, whose main business is design and production, is also good at sewing machines. While stepping on the pedal with your foot, carefully sew up strong materials.
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"I think there are many ready-made canvas bags. But the product we make has the scenario of "Yokohama canvas." While being confident in its identity, it is comfortable to use and is a pleasure to have. I hope that people who will be more useful will enjoy it... With that in mind, I am standing in the workshop every day."
You can also see the shop next to the workshop. Given that the number of foreign tourists has begun to increase only at the tourist destination Yokohama, the decoration inside the store is not limited to "Yokohama", and attempts are being made everywhere to add a taste that makes the definition wider and "Japanese". Was there. For example, in front of the cash register, this goodwill. The mark that looks like a family crest is the brand signature "045".
A sewing machine is placed beside the cash register so that you can see the Japanese manufacturing site while looking at the products inside the store.
In addition, there is a creative tea room called "Hawaian" which is about 3 tatami mats. Based on the concept of "NO BORDER", there is the intention of an hermitage to be in harmony, and not only the tea party but also the artist's work exhibition and exhibition sales are held.
A variety of tote bags, body bags, and backpacks that are perfect for the coming season's holidays and travel. We hope you will find the "Yokohama Original" that suits you at this location where you can enjoy the sea breeze from the Port of Yokohama and enjoy the location.
Yokohama canvas bag is an original planning and development of a bag (bag) that uses Yokohama's unique canvas material and carries items that are indispensable for daily life, and proposes canvas bag products from Yokohama to everyone. I will. Yokohama Area Code 045 (Zero Photi Five) is TRADE MARK.
Address4-24 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture SOKO #104
Business Hour11:00 to 19:00 (closed on Wednesdays)
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