- Buyer's Guide
Liking :: i ro se
What do you get when you combine art, science and Japanese precision craftsmanship? A collection of luxury bags and leather goods that are waiting to delight at every turn, whether it’s the discovery of a complex construction artfully incorporated into an elegant exterior, the strict attention to detail or simply a pop of color to brighten up your day. i ro se is a Tokyo-based brand brought to life by two brothers, Gen and Dai Takahashi (the brand name actually means ‘siblings’ in ancient Japanese). Each piece of the collection, which caters to women and men, is crafted by hand. However, the collection to date primarily consists of women’s carry items, such as the cleverly designed Fold 3F wallet.
Though the pieces from i ro se may resemble works of art at times with their eye-catching silhouettes or origami-inspired designs, they are intended to be functional as well as aesthetically intriguing. The Canvas Boston Bag for instance offers a blend of fun, artistic freedom and functionality. Crafted out of the same canvas that is used for oil painting, you can either allow it to age naturally, acting as a canvas that tells the tale of your journeys together, or alternatively paint it with your own unique design. An interesting benefit of this bag is that it can be cleaned with a pencil eraser and when the Takahashi brothers discovered that one of their customers regularly writes her shopping list on her Canvas Boston bag and then rubs it out once her shopping is done, they were inspired to include a pencil and eraser in a pouch with each Canvas Boston bag as a salute to such creativity.
Fancy adding some of i ro se’s thoughtful designs to your carry collection? If you can’t make it all the way to Japan, help is at hand with Roztayger who stock several of their pieces.