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

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

Stussy x Porter (Japan) 2015 Spring/Summer Collection

Following up on the release from Fall/Winter 2014, here Stussy and Japanese accessories authority team up again on a collection of bags for Spring/Summer 2015. Turning to iconic MA-1 flight jackets for inspiration, the collection is comprised of rucksacks, backpacks, helmet bags, waist bags, totes and wallets – each iterated with smooth nylon twill for superior durability.

At the interior, Stussy’s classic collaged “Daisy” print lines each product, adding a neat twist of character to the pieces. Neither Stussy nor Porter changed much from last season’s offering save the addition of olive to the color palette, but with the observed success in the past, who can blame them?

Stateside audiences can pick up their choices online now, with prices starting at $80 USD.

Hong Kong toy designer Michael Lau collaborates with PORTER (Japan) for the 80th Anniversary “P8orter Boy” 12-Inch Figure

Esteemed Japanese luggage brand PORTER celebrates its 80th anniversary with the help of Hong Kong toy designer, Michael Lau. The multi-faceted Michael Lau reinterprets PORTER’s iconic mascot through his own lens and that of his ongoing GARDENER character series — something seen through both art and toys. GARDENER characters often include strong angular features and a fully poseable frame. The “P8orter Boy” uses the same dress and accompanying luggage that is often seen attached to the tags of Porter product.

A limited run of 800 figures will be available directly through Porter.

Head Porter Plus (Japan) 2015 Spring/Summer Collection


Marni x PORTER (Japan) 2015 Spring Collection

Marni and PORTER have revealed their fourth collaboration to date, an eye-catching collection of bags and accessories for the 2015 spring season. This range is comprised of six models and seven pieces: the West bag, rucksack, two helmet bag styles, two wallets and a wide wallet.

Made with a blend of modern technology and fine Japanese craftsmanship, the bags are influenced by military styles and are finished with finely stitched fasteners. The collection has a deep color scheme with its hues of dark olive, Bordeaux and khaki, and features Marni’s unique black color-blocking details.

The Marni x PORTER 2015 spring collection will be available at Marni’s Valentine’s pop-up store, with pieces ranging between approximately $133 and $682 USD.

White Mountaineering x Porter (Japan) 2015 Spring/Summer Polyester PVC Big Backpack

Following their 2014 fall/winter collection, White Mountaineering and Porter team up again on a bag range for 2015 spring/summer. Here, we focus on the collection’s standout piece, the Polyester PVC Big Backpack. Made from a blend of PVC and polyester, the utilitarian piece is rain-resistant and holds a plethora of articles with its bevy of pockets and compartments. Inspired by a classic hiking bag silhouette, zipper-pulls, buckle closure and strap fasteners are other functional features.

Check out the White Mountaineering x Porter 2015 spring/summer Polyester PVC Big Backpack here and look for it at White Mountaineering stockists.