While foreign brands still dominate much of the handbag market in Japan, there are also a few homegrown players with large followings.
Take Head Porter, a retailer that sells bags with a utilitarian feel in a mix of quirky design motifs like leopard print, camouflage, Mexican-inspired stripes and bold colorblocking. Considered largely men’s bags, they also have an appeal with female shoppers, who make up roughly 40 percent of the store’s customers.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"