Tokyo Briefcase by The Good Flock

Journal
Words by Rolan Gregg

There’s something about waxed canvas that feels as Pacific NW as evergreen trees. It provides clean lines, low maintenance, and a seasoned sense of longevity. I’ve really come to appreciate the form and function of waxed canvas with its romantic seafaring roots still vaguely present in its design.  It’s the use of this textile as well as the crisp silhouette and sharp structure that drew me to the Tokyo Briefcase by Portland design studio The Good Flock. The Tokyo Briefcase is narrow and that’s a rare and remarkable feature in a bag.  While big, bulky bags are in abundance, this low and long briefcase is the perfect fit for daily use without feeling like a hassle.  There are no straps to sling across your chest or back, this is simply and easily carried by the vegetable tanned leather handles. There are also eight pockets (four inside, four outside) in addition to the central compartment.

 

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Behind the smart design of the Tokyo Briefcase, there’s an impressive Portland company. The Good Flock uses terms like “working with a conscience” and “design with minimal waste” without tossing style to the side.  They adhere to responsible manufacturing practices and work with local artists. They teamed up with Portland artist Rio Wrenn to create the Indigo Everyday Bag. This limited edition hand dyed waxed canvas bag is beautifully oceanic and, not surprisingly, currently sold out. Their product line isn’t huge and it doesn’t need to be. Take a look at what The Good Flock is up to and check out their sustainable practices.

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