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The Art of the Canvas Tote

Sep 12th, 2008 | Categories: Design, Japan, Men's wear, Preppy | by Michael Williams

Imagine my delight when I discovered pages and pages of workwear and canvas bags at the Japanese shop Utility Coop. The Japanese really do know their stuff when it comes to American inspired design. Hopefully, some of these brands will make their way to U.S. stores soon. In the meantime we will just have to gaze longingly from the other side of the internets. Makes you thankful that Estex, Filson, Billykirk, Klein Tools and LL Bean are here, keeping us together.

Superior Labor: Paint Tote Bag

Tembea: Baqet Tote
Don’t worry even people in Japan can’t get these, the bags are sold out.

Port Canvas: Clipper Bag

Port Canvas: Tote/ Runabout

Comments: 8

8 Comments to “The Art of the Canvas Tote”

  1. r
    on Sep 12th, 2008
    @ 3:19 PM

    neat post mr williams…..tortoise in venice/LA may still have a few tembea baguette bags left……it’s become my everyday carryall, conforming to the body like a useful canvas friend.

  2. mho119
    on Sep 12th, 2008
    @ 4:13 PM

    i think this one is by far the best:

    …and for only 29,400 yen, its a steal!

  3. mho119
    on Sep 12th, 2008
    @ 4:16 PM

    …shirts aren’t so bad either!

  4. joseph
    on Sep 12th, 2008
    @ 4:54 PM

    I’d love a white canvas tote with the old LLBean “Hudson Bay” stripes on it…

  5. julian
    on Sep 14th, 2008
    @ 8:12 AM

    You can order from Japan via shopping proxy services such as Celga –

  6. joanna goddard
    on Sep 14th, 2008
    @ 11:13 AM

    this is my fave post ever! i LOVE that top bag!!!

  7. Thom
    on Sep 15th, 2008
    @ 2:18 PM

    The first bag is perfection.

  8. White Hart
    on Sep 16th, 2008
    @ 3:38 AM

    I spent hours looking though this site! My favorite is the fisherman’s tote bag. Love all the details. ACL strikes again. Thanks!