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Jun282012

Hands On: Southern Field Industries

Japanese brand Southern Field Industries have been in quiet operation in their small studio amidst the Saitama Hills, ever since 2008. Husband and Wife team Manabu and Keiko Okada focus on meticulously crafting rucksacks, totes, haversacks and simple wallets with the utmost of care and attention to detail. Part of this focus is also on sourcing and utilizing only quality materials and components both from Japan and England. I decided to enlist the help of my friend Luke to show the size of the tote and rucksack versus the simple visual you will find in our online shop.

The minute you pick up a Southern Field Industries tote or rucksack you immediately get a sense of its sturdy, hand built construction yet at the same time, its lightweight enough that it doesn't weigh you down with your belongings inside. The leather handles become soft and supple over time and the leather bottom both adds an extra layer of protection while it also compliments the overall aesthetic of the design. Manabu and Keiko also paint and craft the simple protective cotton bag covers– just in case you're one of those people that stores their belongings that way.

The colours for Spring/Summer 2012 are light and playful for the most part, with Turquoise, Red and Mustard, but there are also subtle colours with the Olive, Khaki and Navy if you're feeling less adventurous. In the warmer months it's ideal to carry a tote for your daily errands or even while transporting your laptop to the office, instead of using a briefcase or shoulder bag. If you have any questions on which colour you should pick up, don't hesitate to email the shop.

Height Reference: Luke is 5'11"

Measurements:
• Tote – 14" Length x 15" Height x 6" Width
• Rucksack – 16.5" Height x 14.25" Width x 4" Depth

Tote Details:
• Japanese #11 Waxed Canvas Outer Body
• Japanese #6 Waxed Canvas Lining
• Japanese Solid Brass Rivet, Hand Riveted
• Japanese Vegetable Tanned Cow Leather, Painted Edge Finish
• Comes with Protective Cotton Bag Cover
• Handles Extend 9" above Top of Tote
• Taped Internal Seams
• Inner Slash Pocket
• Inner Patch Pocket
• Full Leather Bottom
• All Hand Made

Rucksack Details:
• Waxed British Millerain Cotton Outer
• Japanese #6 Waxed Canvas Lining
• Japanese Solid Brass Rivet, Hand Riveted
• Japanese Vegetable Tanned Cow Leather, Painted Edge Finish
• Adjustable Full Leather Straps
• Exterior Front Flap Pocket
• Exterior Quick Access Zip Pocket
• Red Wing Shoe Boots Lace Drawstring
• Comes with Protective Cotton Bag Cover
• Taped Internal Seams
• Inner Patch Pocket
• Full Leather Bottom
• All Hand Made in Saitama, Japan

CREDITS
• Article & Photography by Darian Hocking
• Special Thanks to Luke Seeley

LINKS
Southern Field Industries

Reader Comments (1)

NICE one.. Love it

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjaz

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