Porter-Yoshida & Co (Japan) 80th anniversary Golden Capsule Collection

Head Porter (Japan) 2015 Autumn/Winter “Stellar” Series

Japanese luggage expert Head Porter are set to release an updated version to their popular “Stellar” series of bags and accessories. Enlarging the stars originally found on past releases, the design remains clean and stylish but now with a more dramatic look. The line continues to use soft nylon for construction, while pockets both internal and external provide ample storage. The series releases on July 11 which includes a set of shopping bags (large and small), day pack, large and small wallet, grooming pouch and zipper-enclosed key case.

Check your local Head Porter retailer for pricing and availability or shop Head Porter Online.

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hobo x BEAUTY&YOUTH UNITED ARROWS (Japan) White Basics Series

Japanese contemporary label hobo has teamed up with another iconic Japanese brand, BEAUTY&YOUTH UNITED ARROWS on a series of bags. The collection features three all white bags in different styles, including a backpack, a fanny pack and a messenger bag.

Inspired by practicality, the bags are versatile with multiple compartments for organization. Constructed of a lightweight polyester material, the bags are durable and feature hobo’s branding. The series will be available June 9, with prices ranging from ¥10,000 JPY for the fanny pack to ¥13,000 JPY for the backpack and messenger bag.

Head over to its site for more details.

Porter (Japan) celebrates Yoshida & Co.’s 80th anniversary

mastermind x Porter (Japan) 80th Anniversary capsule collection

Tracing the 80-year history of Porter-Yoshida

In a recent interview for Port Magazine between David Hellqvist and Porter-Yoshida’s managing director Ken Matsubara, the pair trace the Japanese bag brand’s history and sartorial impact on today’s fashion market.

In the opening paragraphs we are reminded of the bag’s inconspicuous presence and need within modern day menswear, before Hellqvist reveres Porter-Yoshida as one of the pioneering brands to fill this void. Established in 1935 by Kichizo Yoshida in Tokyo’s Kanda-Sudachō district, the brand initially struggled as a result of its placement and timing before experiencing the recognition it holds today with a collection that spans backpacks, satchels, wallets and briefcases all in their signature nylon blend fabric. Despite its success and the allure of transforming into a multi-disciplinary fashion house such as that of Gucci or Prada, Porter-Yoshida has fought to retain its identity and has expanded within its respective field to offer 1,500 bag styles over 130 different sub-lines.

To read the full story and learn about stories such as Kichizo’s first famous bag, head over to Port’s official website.

Head Porter (Japan) 2015 Spring/Summer Accessories