For almost twenty years now, I’ve never understood the popularity or cult-like-following that Porter seems to enjoy. Porter, for those unfamiliar, is a Japanese bag company. They have something like 130 sub-lines, which together offer something like 1,500 different products. It’s enough to give someone paralysis from choice.
Porter was started in the early 1960s, but I only became familiar with the brand in the mid-90s, when I worked with streetwear designers on various marketing campaigns and fashion photoshoots. Then, as now, Japan played an important role in setting trends in the US, and everyone I knew who flew to Japan on the regular had an undying love for Porter. Businessmen, students, and style enthusiasts alike all carried these bags, they told me.
I didn’t understand it because, given the price, I always thought the bags should be made from a rich, full grain leather, not the kind of nylons and cottons that Porter is famous for. Recently, however, on a whim, I bought this “tanker” briefcase from Club Monaco, and … it’s amazing. Since owning it, I’ve only picked up my other causal bags on occasion – mostly to move them from one side of a room to another as I organize things in my apartment.