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The farmer’s bag

SUOLO

Words / P Yue
Photography / Courtesy of SUOLO
Translation / Iris Heung

在名古屋出身的SUOLO,是一個主力生產帆布、皮革包的品牌,品牌名字取自土壤的發音「SOIL」,開宗名義地表達品牌與農場文化的連繫。話說軍裝和工裝為發想的品牌,大家都已經耳熟能詳,然而農場文化的品牌又是怎麼一回事呢?

自言「SUOLO是生於一片100坪的農地」(SUOLOは100坪ばかりの畑から生まれました),主理人在其品牌網裡內介紹商品時,不時也會參考、代入莊稼人的勞動情景,去設計出品牌一個個的包款。縱觀整個品牌,如果要拿出最有代表性的作品,肯定是作為定番的「CROP」肩包。

SUOLO is a Nagoya brand that specializes in bags made of canvas and leather. The brand is named after the Italian word for soil. Seeing this name, it is not difficult to connect the brand with farming. Whereas it is common to see fashion brands specialize in wearable military items and workwear, farmwear has yet made it to the fashion world.

SUOLO describes itself as a brand that was born on a 3500 square feet farmland. Reading the product description on the brand’s website, it is easy to see how the brand took inspiration from the work of farmers to design their bags. The most iconic product of SUOLO can easily be their CROP shoulder bag series.

「CROP」本身是收獲的意思,靈感源自上世紀中旬,美國農夫們所使用的水果收獲包。整個包基本上以帆布為主材質,唯獨是肩帶、袋口的手挽是以皮革製作,別小看袋口上這一小段棕色的皮革,它除了有手提的作用,更可以透過調節袋口的鬆緊度,使包袋不容易因為使用者各種俯身、翻側的身體動作,而使內容物從包中掉出。同樣的思維,還能反映在NAPPASAC這款單品上,只是由肩包變成了背包。

The design of the CROP shoulder bag is inspired by the vintage fruit picking bag used by American farmers in the middle of the twentieth century. The bag is mostly made of canvas, apart from the shoulder strap and the handle that are both made of leather. The leather handle also offers an additional function of adjusting the size and the shape of the bag to avoid things from dropping off the bag when the users bend their bodies. A similar design has been applied to their NAPPASAC bucket backpack.

除了包款設計取材於農業文化,統一的石蠟帆布也是品牌的標誌特色。經過石蠟浸泡加工的帆布,具有輕度防潑水功能,以抵禦大自然變幻無常的天氣。而如果你還不放心,其實SUOLO的包款,通常都附有內袋,即使雨水濺濕石蠟帆布,仍有內袋保持內容物的乾燥;無論是要走進農地,抑或是遊走於城市之間,都會有它的用武之地。

Another distinctive feature of SUOLO is the waxed canvas that is used for all their products. Their waxed canvas is created by the appliance of paraffin-based wax, making their bags waterproof and hence suitable for all kinds of weather. Most of the SUOLO bags are designed with a small inner compartment to further protect the content from getting wet by rain. The bags made by this Japanese brand are perfect companions for working in farms, or simply wandering in the city.