Last season I had the opportunity to head down south of Japan for the first time, heading out of Tokyo, and past Osaka, to the prefecture of Okayama to visit the workshop of Superior Labor. Tucked away in the hills of Okayama sits an old schoolhouse, surviving the destruction of war, Superior Labor have converted this historic building into a workshop, and office whilst bringing new life to the surrounding area with a small village, where they house production of their brands as well as, extra workshops, showrooms, as well as a small café, and store.
I’ll let the images speak for themselves, giving you an insight into the handmade processes of Superior Labor’s products be it leather goods, luggage, or clothing for this coming season, as well as the surrounding area that engulfs the brands location. I’d like to thank Kawai, Yoshimi, Taka, and the rest of the Superior Labor team, for their hospitality and ongoing support, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for this season’s collection from the brand as it will soon begin to arrive.
- 01. Walking up to the old schoolhouse turned workshop.
- 02. Turning pieces of canvas into the first of this seasons bags.
- 03. Marking the engineer tote bags before attaching the handsewn leather straps and hardware.