Saturday, July 14, 2007

Shopping From Tokyo: Custom Handlebar Bag





Dear Ms.Larson
I am sorry to late reply.
Your e-mail give us the shock not a little.

We had considered your opinion.
We try to make a new model less leather.
There is no information about size in five e-mail on June 22th.
We need detail what you want bag about size.
And we decide to make size in our imagination.
W280cm:H17cm:D15cm
Decaleur of "Velo Orange" is out of stock.
On the web shop,the sign reads "not available".
In our photo,decaleur is "Berthou".
But we will make some holes any brand,some advice give us real scale
hole position.

But there is one thing to do not accept.
Cotton duck No.6 of our product material is thik than your admire brands.
This material is fine cotton weaved KURASHIKI IN OKAYAMA PREFECTURE JAPAN.
Also waxed water-repllent cloth,but the wax has been lost as time goes by.
Although the firm texture do not through the rain easier.
The hard rain through inside each hole of machine stitch.
Also the hard rain give some stain vegetable tanned leather.
Basically we like this cotton duck and leather to grow old.

If you have any questions,please let me know.
Sincerly,
Tomoko Watanabe

http://www.guu-watanabe.com/


4 comments:

p. squiddy said...

What was the original letter? That's one fine looking bag, but it's not yours, right (the Ebisu is the tipoff)?

Lesli L said...

I had inquired about a custom bag similiar to the one pictured on the Ebisu which I found on flickr. Here's the orignal link from flickr:

http://flickr.com/photos/9003594@N04/558193688/

I emailed the company with my own request for a modified version of the flickr version (which is great, but would swallow up my Riv).

I'm obsessed with waxed fabrics and proposed that they design a scaled down of the flickr handlebar bag out of a more rain repellent, filson tin cloth type material (I love the Ostrich and Jitensha bags but always wonder about their water repellency after 8 or 9 hours in the rain). For whatever reason, my proposal caused them quite a shock and they put together the prototype you see on the blog...after a month of silence.

To be continued..

ANDY said...

So, do you have a bag on the way from Mr Shoichi? I am blown away by his own descriptions of his craft and the awesomeness of his website.

Lesli L said...

No bag yet. I'm waiting for my bike/rack to arrive so I can take formal measurements and decide: decaleur or no decaleur.

In the works..