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Monday, 4 November 2013
BRANDS OF THE WEEK: Kinuya and YMMN
Need a new wallet? New Japanese leather brands now in stock...
If your wallet is looking a bit tired i.e. dog-eared and missing a few stitches, then it's definitely time to treat yourself. We've got some beautiful new wallets from two amazing brands we discovered on our recent buying trip in Japan: Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather and YMMN.
SPECIAL INTRO OFFER: Receive a 10% discount on any Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather or YMMN product purchased this week. To redeem your discount, simply enter Coupon Code JAPAN in the Coupon Code field when you place your order. Offer ends 5pm Sunday 10/11/2013 and can't be used with any other offer or redeemed for cash. Please feel free to forward this offer onto your family and friends.
Traditionally, the dying and finishing processes used for textiles and leather use a lot of chemicals. Many companies are now rethinking their processes and moving towards more sustainable practices. One such company is Japanese brand, Kinuya, who are renowned for their AWA AI premium leather goods. Kinuya's point of difference is their dying process. They use the leaves from the indigo plant (indigofera polygonum) to produce a natural dye. This natural indigo dyeing method know as "Ai-zome" has been used in Japan since the 5th century. The 'Ai-zome' technique results in a clear, deep colour, known as 'Japan Blue'. The Kinuya range consists of a unique collection of leather goods dyed 'Japan Blue', using this traditional, environmentally conscious method.
YMMN is a family-run manufacturer of leather goods established in 1948 by Mr Yamada Haruhiko. Today the company is owned and run by Mr Yamada's son. The family have an established reputation as high-quality leather manufacturers in Japan's leather goods industry. All of YMMN's products are made in Japan by skilled craftsmen at their factory located in Tokyo. It takes the craftsmen approximately 3 hours to complete a men's wallet.