Ichizawa Hanpu for Trunk

7 February 2022

We're extremely lucky to have worked with the historic Japanese bag maker Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu for many years now. Fiercely independent (besides Trunk, the brand only sells their bags from their shop in Kyoto, Japan), Ichizawa is dedicated to traditional craftsmanship and proudly declares to be 'staying behind the times'.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than at the brands Kyoto workshop, where there is no manual on how to make an Ichizawa bag, of which there are over 300 types. Instead, the brand's craftspeople spend years in training, working in partnership with a skilled veteran as an apprentice marking and cutting canvas, before graduating to the sewing machine and bag construction only when ready. All told, apprenticeships take a minimum of seven years to complete.

This pairing of veteran and apprentice ensures that the skills and knowledge required to make an Ichizawa bag are kept alive, at the highest standard, and passed down from one generation to the next.

For our latest collaboration, we have selected the brand's H-04 model, a slightly rounded tote that has evolved from one of Ichizawa's original milk bottle delivery bags from the early 20th century. We have extended the width to make it the perfect size for everyday use and yet large enough for a weekend away. And, in a nod to vintage boat and beach totes, we've called for contrasting straps that wrap around the entire bag, and are the perfect size to carry it by hand or over the shoulder.

It is, of course, made from the brand's signature thick cotton canvas, which isn't for the faint of heart. Weighing in at over eight ounces (227 grams) per one square meter, it's akin to the material once used on sailboats and military tents and is coated with a waterproof treatment to boot. As a result, the bag will take some time to 'wear in', but will become increasingly soft with use. A small sacrifice, we say, for a bag that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.

Available in two colour options, the Ichizawa Hanpu for Trunk tote bag is available in very limited numbers online and in-store now.

Ichizawa Hanpu Navy Cotton Tote Bag

Ichizawa Hanpu Navy Cotton Tote Bag

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