New to The Practical Man this season is Made in Occupied Japan, a brand with a unique method and an an even more unique story.
Based in Okinawa, an island in Japan which is home to over two dozen U.S. military bases, the brand draws on the resources and history of its surroundings to create unique and utilitarian bags. Given the U.S. military presence on the island, there is an abundance of vintage and surplus military equipment available, and this has been repurposed to create something completely new.
Each of Made in Occupied's bags are constructed from fabrics taken from surplus U.S. military tents, some dating back as far as WWII. Not only does this mean that the bags retain the properties intended for the military grade tents - robust, waterproof, tear-resistant - but each bag is slightly different from the last, with its own unique patina that changes and improves over time, through use and wear.
With two styles available at The Practical Man - the Parachute Bag and Leather Strap Shoulder Bag - Made in Occupied Japan creates pieces for everyday use, which will no doubt last a lifetime. Check them out here.