Superior Labor | Engineer 2Way Tote Bag | A Continuous Lean.

Superior Labor | Engineer 2Way Tote Bag

Jan 19th, 2009 | Categories: Bags, Japan | by Michael Williams

The canvas bags from the Japanese maker Superior Labor seem to consistently rise to the top. This Enginner 2Way tote from Utility Coop is especially nice. How could you argue with a “Product by Handmade Superiority.”






Comments: 25

25 Comments to “Superior Labor | Engineer 2Way Tote Bag”

  1. John George
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:10 AM

    I’m on the lookout for a good tote bag. Do you have a recommendation on one available in the states?

  2. Michael Williams
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:14 AM

    I like this bag that Andy from Reference Library did for Kiosk:

  3. Beeks
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:44 AM

    Is it really appropriate for a grown man to walk around carrying a tote bag?
    I really like this site and most of the posts are pretty interesting, but carrying a tote bag may be taking it a bit too far.
    Exit question: Is the metrosexual a creation of the economic boom of the past decade? If our economy continues to suffer will the metrosexual decline with it?

  4. nick
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:49 AM

    It is indeed appropriate. The best one I’ve ever seen (and still covet) was printed for the antique dealer Isreal Sack. They are the perfect bags to hold all the required tools of a preview day… measuring tape, mini maglite, note book, auction catalog.

  5. Michael Williams
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:50 AM


    If you are using the word “metrosexual” I don’t really think I even need to address your question. You sir are out of touch. The good news is, at least you are here trying to learn the ways of 2009.


  6. Ian
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 10:30 AM

    Yikes! The idea that a tote bag is somehow feminine or inappropriate…I feel like I’m back in catholic school (Or reading a six year old Gawker article).

    This is a great looking bag, all the embellishments appear top notch. Plus its Japanese. They do everything but rap music better than us.

  7. jon
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 11:26 AM

    why not just buy a klein, jameson, or one of the other dozen or so american made tool bags that look just like this?

  8. Courtney
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 11:55 AM

    I’m laughing at your comment response Michael!

    I can say: I have the most straight-laced (in terms of dressing) and preppy husband. He loves his chinos and when he travels, is always sure to pack his ties in their specific case.

    He would LOVE this bag to use as a carry-on when he flies or weekend trips to his grandparent’s camp. Living in Houston, there is no need for a man to carry a bag of any sort (we drive everywhere and our cars are sort of our “bags”), but I could see this getting so much use in other ways. Too bad it’s not available stateside!

  9. Thom
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 12:02 PM

    Thank god I’m so short I can carry a tote bag without fear of reprisal from tall, manly men – they’ll just think I’m a child. Lovely choice as always.

    (On an unrelated note there is a huge gap between this post and the next, at least in IE7.)

  10. mau
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 12:06 PM

    I like these ones a lot. Mostly the leather ones.

  11. r
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 1:05 PM

    a perfect bag, the spray/stenciled logo is an unfortunate element, but otherwise great material use and detail.

  12. Hobo Ken
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 8:50 PM

    I’m kind of with Beeks – the bag’s a bit girly.

  13. Kitty
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:06 PM

    Nice bag, but unless a person is paying union dues and needs to lug around tools all day, a bag like this is a bit much for everyday use. It’s bad enough that so many of us women have been infected with Big Bag Syndrome, you guys don’t need to join the madness.

  14. Michael Williams
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:23 PM

    Hobo Ken — I think this is more your speed: ha

    Kitty — I’ll keep the tote bag posts to a minimum if you promise to do the same with your purse talk.


  15. Kitty
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:39 PM

    I’m both anti-purse and anti-tote, so you got yourself a deal.

  16. Hobo Ken
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 9:41 PM

    You have me totally wrong, old son. I can wax lyrical about clothing and accessories better than most . I’m telling you – the bag’s a bit girly.

  17. Florian
    on Jan 19th, 2009
    @ 11:20 PM

    This sort of piece always confuses me a little…While I think the purpose of the canvas material is clear–something that should be used without too much care and fairly often–the leather straps seem to suggest exactly the opposite. I’m not sure when I’d use it, but it’s beautiful all the same.

  18. Bill
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 12:53 AM

    It’s a pleasant enough object, but I’ve only found these genuinely practical for books or groceries. For tools, not so much, and real tools would chew this up pretty quickly.

    Otherwise, arguably twee.

  19. Russell Sprouts
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 12:59 AM

    Beeks my friend…don’t question a man carrying a bag around when you are featuring a bare-chested Putin front page on your bloggg.

  20. lefrenchmob
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 6:05 AM

    I own this tote myself and can tell that both the price and the quality is exceptional!

  21. Andy
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 9:30 AM

    Best looking diaper bag I’ve seen in a while. But agree with R, the stencil is one thing too many.

  22. H
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 2:30 PM

    Nice bag. I’ll get it for my MOM.

  23. Ryan
    on Jan 21st, 2009
    @ 6:44 PM

    This bag is really not girly at all. Saddle thick leather on a heavy canvas, brass hardware and a size like this?

    Has Michael not taught you anything?

  24. Jody
    on Aug 6th, 2009
    @ 9:34 PM

    Has no one mentioned that these bags are now available stateside at JCrew? Really?

  25. Michael Williams
    on Aug 6th, 2009
    @ 9:35 PM

    Hey Jody,

    This post is from January 19th 2009. Did you notice that?