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mana kaban – bringing kimono to life in a new form

  1. Bags of mana kaban, hand-made one by one by mana, the bag creator,
    are made from fabrics used in kimonos.

  2. Traditional Japanese kimono fabrics with fashionable materials such as
    genuine leather, furs and laces, mana kaban brings kimono to life in a
    new form – bags and pouches that can be casually used in everyday life.

  3. mana kaban is evolving over time. One of characteristics of mana kaban
    pouches is that they can be used in a combination with bags by attaching
    them to your bags with mana kaban's leather straps.
    This feature was actually born from a customer's voice.

  4. The recent developments of the brand includes the launch
    of an accessory line, made from small pieces of kimono fabric
    that are cut out from the fabrics used in bags.
    Accessories such as earrings and hair elastics are now sold under
    "Tiny kimono pieces reuse series".

mana kaban – bringing kimono to life in a new form

  1. Bags of mana kaban, hand-made one by one by mana, the bag creator, are made from fabrics used in kimonos.

  1. Traditional Japanese kimono are rather hard to wear and maintain. By combining such kimono fabrics with fashionable materials such as genuine leather, canvas, furs and laces, mana kaban brings kimono to life in a new form – bags and pouches that can be casually used in everyday life.

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    1. mana kaban is evolving over time. One of characteristics of mana kaban pouches is that they can be used in a combination with bags by attaching them to your bags with mana kaban's leather straps or any other chain straps. This feature was actually born from a customer's voice.

    2. The recent developments of the brand includes the launch of an accessory line, made from small pieces of kimono fabric that are cut out from the fabrics used in bags. Accessories such as earrings and hair elastics are now sold under "Tiny kimono pieces reuse series".

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Concept

Introducing Japanese kimono to the world in a form of "mobile kimono"

  1. mana kaban wishes to bring "mobile kimonos" to people all around the world. By proposing elegant bags and pouches that would go well with casual wears or business attire, mana kaban hopes to generate occasions for people to encounter kimono fabrics.

Proposing long-lasting and elegant products, bringing out the beauty of women

Proposing long-lasting and elegant products, bringing out the beauty of women

  1. mana kaban cherishes the idea of producing bags to be loved over a long time. The bags are not produced on a large scale because each bag is meticulously finished by hand – attaching interlinings to kimono, for example – so that it would not wear out easily in the daily use. The focus of the bag creator, mana, is also on various aspects of the design, from having a large capacity while being compact, being just the right size when held in hands, to having elegant forms that bring out the beauty of women.

Cheering people up with traditional Japanese patterns that bring good fortune

  1. A modest beauty that shows itself only to you as you open the bag – leather shoulder bags with eye-catching and colorful kimono inside embody a sense of fun for grown-ups. This is where mana kaban started and is mana's favorite technique. Pen cases, stubby pouches and mountain-shaped purses, all very popular as Japanese souvenirs and presents, are all adorned with traditional Japanese patterns that are said to bring good fortunes.

Profile

mana, the bag creator

  1. Having always been fascinated by fabrics, mana started collecting Japanese and foreign textiles with colors or patterns
    that she liked as one of idea sources for her work as web designer.

  2. She acquired her basic sawing skills from two-year long lessons on making bags from 2009,
    followed by four and a half years of training at Ginza Orthodoxee School of Leather Bag Making from 2010,
    learning the full process of bag making from professional leather craftsmen.

  3. In 2013, mana made a bag with leather and Oshima Tsumugi (traditional kimono fabric made in Amami islands, Kagoshima prefecture)
    for her mother, whose family owns an Oshima Tsumugi manufacturing site, as a mother's day gift. The hand-made bag made her mother so happy, and this experience motivated mana to start making and selling bags and pouches from kimono fabrics.

  4. In 2014, mana launched her career as a bag creator in full scale under the shop name of "Mana Kaban".
    She undertakes every process of the work – from business planning and product design to manufacturing and sales.
    Later same year, Mana Kaban made its debut in overseas at JAPAN TOUCH FESTIVAL, an event held in Lyon, France.

  5. Mana currently runs temporary stores at Japanese department stores and hand-made markets as well as an online store,
    through which she receives orders from not only Japan but also overseas. She received
    "Rissho University Faculty of Economics Prize" at Woman Business Grand Prix 2015 in Shinagawa.

  6. Mana's dream is to wear kimono in everyday life as she makes bags. She wishes encountering
    with her bags will increase the number of kimono wearers.

mana, the bag creator

  1. Having always been fascinated by fabrics, mana started collecting Japanese and foreign textiles with colors or patterns that she liked as one of idea sources for her work as web designer.

  1. She acquired her basic sawing skills from two-year long lessons on making bags from 2009, followed by four and a half years of training at Ginza Orthodoxee School of Leather Bag Making from 2010, learning the full process of bag making from professional leather craftsmen.

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    1. In 2013, mana made a bag with leather and Oshima Tsumugi (traditional kimono fabric made in Amami islands, Kagoshima prefecture) for her mother, whose family owns an Oshima Tsumugi manufacturing site, as a mother's day gift. The hand-made bag made her mother so happy, and this experience motivated mana to start making and selling bags and pouches from kimono fabrics.

    2. In 2014, mana launched her career as a bag creator in full scale under the shop name of "Mana Kaban". She undertakes every process of the work – from business planning and product design to manufacturing and sales. Later same year, Mana Kaban made its debut in overseas at JAPAN TOUCH FESTIVAL, an event held in Lyon, France.

    3. Mana currently runs temporary stores at Japanese department stores and hand-made markets as well as an online store, through which she receives orders from not only Japan but also overseas. She received "Rissho University Faculty of Economics Prize" at Woman Business Grand Prix 2015 in Shinagawa.

    4. Mana's dream is to wear kimono in everyday life as she makes bags. She wishes encountering with her bags will increase the number of kimono wearers.

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[ activity history ]

  • 2019.01 Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Flagship HONTEN (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2018.01 Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Flagship HONTEN (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2017.04 Tokyu Hands Nagoya (Nagoya-city, Nagoya)

    2017.01 Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Flagship HONTEN (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2016.06 good day market (Taito-ku, Tokyo)

    2016.04 Granduo Kanata (Oota-ku, Tokyo)

    2016.01 Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Flagship HONTEN (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2015.08 Chiba-Mitsukoshi Department Store (iicci CRAFT MARKET) (Chiba-city, Chiba)

    2015.07 Tokyu Hands Shibuya (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2015.06 Creema Goen-ichi mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

    2015.04 Tokyu Hands Nagoya (Nagoya-city, Nagoya)

    2015.01 Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Flagship HONTEN (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2014.12 tetote Handmade Bazaar Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store (Osaka-city, Osaka)

    2014.11 JAPAN TOUCH FESTIVAL(Lyon France)

  • 2014.10 Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Flagship HONTEN (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2014.09 Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Station Tokyo (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2014.07 Creema STORE in Shinjuku Lumine 2 (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    2014.04 Japan Hobby Show (Koto-ku, Tokyo)

    2013.07 Handmade in Japan Fes' 2013 (Taito-ku, Tokyo)

    2013.07 Keisei Department Store (Mito-city, Ibaragi)

    2013.05 Yokohama Handmade Marche (Yokohama-city, Kanagawa)

    2013.05 Keio Department Store Seisekisakuragaoka (Tama-city, Tokyo)

    2013.04 minne x Iwataya-Mitsukoshi (Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka)

    2013.01 Creema Gallery's Week (Yokohama-city, Kanagawa)

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[ Awards ]

  • 2015.03 Woman Business Grand prix in Shinagawa Rissho-University Faculty of Business Administratio Award