Tuesday, May 25, 2010


This is so very creative: Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga, of the company ANREALAGE, recently released his F/W 2010 collection, entitled Wideshortslimlong.
The idea is that all of the pieces have been distorted to become either wide/short, or slim/long. It's really very well executed - much of the clothing is remarkably wearable, (which isn't always necessarily a requirement with Japanese designers!)

Even the labels and hangers are sized accordingly:

from: Spoon and Tamago, ANREALAGE

roxton mini and online shop updates

The roxton mini in two new leather colours (olive and brown) now in the online shop.
The brown is a chocolate-y brown with a slight hint of redness.
The olive version is only available in very limited numbers, since we're sadly now out of that fantastic leather.

We've decided to try something new with the online shop. Instead of trying (and failing miserably, clearly!) to keep the shop stocked with items, we're going to start offering custom orders of most current styles. You can order the same way as always: just click the 'add to cart' button. If the description says 'made to order; ships within 10 business days', it means we'll start work on your bag as soon as we receive the order.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

yoshida-ryo dormitory - kyoto

Looking for a place to stay in Kyoto? This is Yoshida-ryo, a student dormitory on the campus of Kyoto University. Despite the 200 yen (just over $2) a night price tag, this place probably isn't for most. Certainly not for me. But I found these photos - and the accompanying article - absolutely fascinating. Read about it here, if you like.

all photos from cnngo.com

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I love finding little hints of humanity on the materials we use, though it can make fitting the pattern pieces a challenge. This is a duffle bag that eventually became a big bellwood (handwriting not included on final product). Wonder how many hands it passed through before it came into mine?

For Toronto folk: Trap Door Boutique in the Junction is now carrying some jack&marjorie bags. It's a great shop in a lovely neighbourhood - if you haven't been, go!