A few years ago, Inder found this great material at a fabric trade show in Hong Kong. It had a crinkled shiny surface that was kind of perplexing but we fell in love with it right away because it was so different from everything else out there. It reminded us of Washi*, a style of paper handmade in Japan using natural fibers. That’s where the name Japanese Paper came from (it’s not actually paper though– it’s a polyester fabric with a polyurethane coating that makes it super resistant!). On top of it, we have some sort of obsession in the office with things often associated with Japanese culture: the precise traditions, minimalist architecture, the Zen influences mixed in with a totally badass counterculture movement. It took some experimenting with the material (did we like it simple or with a lot of seams? Structured or billowy?) and we designed a few collections around it. The result: amazingly light bags that take so well to color. We just introduced some styles back on our website, for a limited time only.
*Washi (和紙) is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of trees, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.