What triggered Mr. Miyake to take action for new approaches with Kacchu is the recent downsizing of the Kyoto doll market reflecting today’s lifestyle. The Kyoto dolls market was up until the 1980s but the demand fell to one third since then.
“But if I use the traditional techniques from the Kyoto dolls and Kacchu inventing a completely new design, I believe my works and the tradition can be recognized again in the market.”
Mr. Miyake reveals his determination to pass on valuable tradition. Leather laptop computer and tablet cases were his first prototypes using Kacchu binding techniques. It took four devoted years of extensive trial and error period to produce the refined MIYAKE bags that are now available. The brand new approach to revive the Kacchu on a leather bag attracted attention from various media outlets leading to a wide range of fans regarding the style as “Cool Japan”.
“I would be grateful if my Miyake bag users enjoy carrying with them the principle codes of Samurai Spirits namely Righteousness, Courage, Benevolence, Politeness, Truthfulness, Honor and Loyalty.”
Mr. Miyake concludes reassuring us that he too is a real Samurai living today. Perhaps this actually is the one and only rare bag that can grant us with true courage and honor in our busy daily lives.