Hickoree’s / Brooklyn

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After Liberty Fairs trade show, we visited in Brooklyn area.
It snowed in NYC again… we could not see the other side of East River.

While hanging around the area, it would be possible to see some graffiti arts.
That’s our favorite point in Brooklyn area.

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One of the reason that we’ve been to Brooklyn area is visiting in Hickoree’s store.

Hickoree’s
109 S. 6th Street
2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Actually we know each other since their arranging Roberu leather items 2 years ago.
They arrange Roberu items : iPhone leather cases, leather wallets, leather bracelets etc…
Moreover their original selected items are so nice, especially their exclusive items made in the USA and Japan are fantastic.

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After Hickoree’s store, we had a small break in order to have a late lunch at the bistro of 1st floor Hickoree’s bldg.
We had a comfortable time and delicious brunch there.

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Thank you Hickoree’s and Brooklyn.
Great to meet you guys.

Pipperoo

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Liberty Fairs in New York

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After coming back from Milano, I’ve been to New York in order to take part in Liberty Fairs.
This winter it often snowed hard in cities on the East Coast of USA, so cold days while our staying in NYC.

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The exhibition hall of Liberty Fairs is around Chelsea area, and so nice place.
We have a comfortable environment of exhibition, as every staffs are so kind.

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This time we brought new collection of Roberu and Anchor Bridge.
From Roberu, we arranged new colors of iPhone 5s leather cases, iPad Air leather cases, and card cases.

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From Anchor Bridge, we brought new collections leather shoes and new camouflage series items.
They produced the low-cut engineer shoes of chrome excel leather and the postman shoes of vachetta cow leather and kudu leather.

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These new collections of Anchor Bridge are coming soon on Pipperoo online store.
Or if you would have an interest in these new lines, please feel free to contact us : info@pipperoo.jp any time.

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After our trade show, we are heading to Brooklyn…

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White Trade Show in Milano

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Hello, I’m back to pipperoo blog here.

On last January I’ve been to Milano in order to take part in White Trade Show.
Actually we collaborated with JP HOME that are supported by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

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This time we took part in White Trade Show as a member of JP HOME.
It was a great experience that our items are arranged at the exhibition supported by METI.

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Moreover JP HOME have their original show room in Milano.

Foro Buonaparte 55, Milan
The info of JP HOME show room : http://www.jphome.eu/page/showroom/

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If you would have an interest in these items, please contact to contact@jphome.eu and visit there when you will be in Milano.

Other scene in Milano :
The most comfortable mass transit is tramcars there.
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The wall around the station of metro and tramcar is covered with graffiti.
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By chance, we’ve been to the exhibition of GQ at 10 Corso Como Milano.
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In downtown and park, there are lots of historical buildings.
Looking forward to hanging around for seeing these architectures in town next time.
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And, next destination is NYC…

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Trip to Onomichi

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This time we visited Onomichi Hiroshima for see the indigenous industry.
Pipperoo would like to introduce the several indigenous industry and culture in the future.

Moreover everyone who belong to the several indigenous industry are particular about the material made in the region and the traditional way to produce products.

Tachibana Textile Laboratory.

The laboratory belong to Onomichi canvas factory.
Their canvas are dyed by vegetable materials and the industry wastes in Onomichi.

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For example, Japanese medlars, kiwis, and scraps of iron, etc…
They Dye canvas by several unique materials, and Tachibana Textile store is so nice atmosphere.

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Actually their store belong to the factory of Onomichi canvas.
The super friendly dog welcome to your visiting at the entrance of factory.

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They always produce the canvas day after day at the factory.

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Here every machines keep on moving for braiding tread and producing canvas.

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In addition, they grow cotton at the garden close to the factory, and produce the thread from the cotton by themselves.
They have an inspired thought for ecological lifestyle.

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Fujii Hat Industry

Fujii Hat Industry are long-established hat industry that continue to produce hat for three generations.
At their factory the great variety of hats are produced by artisans.

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Actually we would like to introduce other great industries in Onomichi Hiroshima, so will create a new page for each indigenous industries on pipperoo.jp soon.

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BREAD & BUTTER tradeshow in Berlin summer 2013.

I’ve been to Berlin on last July for visiting Bread & Butter summer 2013.

It’s a huge trade show, and it was a great experience for me and pipperoo.

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They arrange the concept room for Japan made brands, and most of famous Japanese denim brands and great leather brands took part in there.

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Some good friends come there too.

For example, I have a reunion The Heritage Post from Uwe Van Afferden.
They always write great articles and nice photos on the Heritage Post magazine.
New issue is here.

Last year they come to Tokyo, and around 2 years ago come to Roberu workshop for shooting.
Thanks a lot!

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And her too.
From LATTEST.
Hello!

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Here is the old airport site, so huge place.
And a lot of brand get together there from all over the world.

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Looking forward to seeing you guys there again soon!

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Trip to Kurashiki

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Finally we’ve visited Kurashiki Okayama of famous canvas producing region.

First day, we’ve arrived in Kurashiki at night, so just walk around Kurashiki Bikanchiku.

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Bikanchiku was protected by Kurashiki landscape regulation in order to preserve historical architectures and buildings.

Basically Edo feudal government controlled Kurashiki directly for building up the magistrate’s office, so a lot of products and materials gather there.

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On the other hand, Kurashiki suit for producing cotton, so now 70% of Japan made canvas are produced in Kurashiki, Okayama.

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This time we’ve been to the canvas factory of 6SHiKi in Kurashiki Okayama, so will introduce the process of producing Kurashiki canvas with some photos of 6SHiKi factory and artisans.

1. 合糸(Goushi) / Multiple wound yarn

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The process of works of producing a thread of 2 to 8 joined original yarn.
The thickness of Canvas is decided by the number of joining thread.

2. 撚糸 (Nenshi) / Twisted yarn

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The multiple wound yarn is twisted in order to increase in strength of yarn and decrease fluffing.
The roll of bobbin winding is called “Cheese” by the figure.

3. 整経 (Seikei) / Warping

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The process of preparing the warp.
1,000 to 1,200 warps is rolled up warp machine in 6 to 10 times per 200 – 300 warps.
Moreover these warps are rerolled up by a big roll “Beam”.

4. 経通し (Hetoshi) / Drawing-in

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Artisans put the warps into the parts of the weaving machine one by one.

5. 製織 (Seisyoku) / Weaving

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“Beam” is put on the shuttle change looms, and the weft is set on the looms for plain weaving.
The canvas of around 50 – 70m is wove per the looms in a day.

6. 検反 (Kentan) / Fabric inspection
The canvas that is weaved by the shuttle change looms is cut off per 50m in order to check flaws and blots.

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7. 畳み (Tatami) / Folding

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After inspection, the canvas is folded per 1m, and accumulated by half folding.

The know-how of artisans are distilled into these several processes of producing canvas.
Exactly it’s one of traditional industry in Japan.

And then, finally 6SHiKI bags are produced of Kurashiki canvas.
If you would like to enjoy  items of the Japanese traditional industry, you could have 6SHiKi bags.

6SHiKi
6SHiKi (ROKU-SHIKI) use one of the most finely made, 9th level specially dyed “Paraffin” finished canvas that fits the skin most.
After using for about a few weeks, keeping it’s water-shedding quality, it will start to fit and become wondrously soft, with it’s original canvas drape.
The vintage drape of original canvas will appear after going through.

More info: 6SHiKi on Pipperoo