New Arrivals of the Week 43 - 2018
Oct
27
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 43 - 2018

MOKULOCK

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"MOKULOCK" are wooden blocks made from 6 types of natural wood (Japanese Cherry, Japanese Big Leaf Magnolia, Maple, Hornbeam, Birch, Japanese Zelkova) from Yamagata Prefecture. The manufacturer maintains the cutting accuracy of 1/100th cm with machines which are customised differently for all 6 types of woods.

Completely unpainted, unpigmented natural wood so it is safe for children. MOKULOCK does not use any chemicals from manufacturing to shipment.

MOKULOCK is a brand created by a technical company that makes electronic machinery, devices, parts, home appliances, medical equipment/medical electronic equipment, jigs, tools, mold components and toys.

Available at our shop and E-shop

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Aug
7
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SUMMER BREAK !

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LA BOUTIQUE BOWS & ARROWS EST FERMÉE DU 7 AU 22 AOÛT. RETROUVEZ NOUS DÈS LE JEUDI 23 AOÛT À PARTIR DE 11H30 ET EN LIGNE SUR NOTRE E-SHOP WWW.JAPAN-BEST.NET

BOWS & ARROWS SHOP IS CLOSED FROM 7TH TO 22ND OF AUGUST.
FIND US FROM THURSDAY 23RD OF AUGUST AT 11:30AM AND ONLINE AT OUR E-SHOP WWW.JAPAN-BEST.NET

BOWS & ARROWSのショップは8月7日から22日まで閉店致します。 休暇後8月23日(木)11:30より開店致します。 オンラインショップは常時 WWW.JAPAN-BEST.NET迄。 

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Jul
18
11:30 AM11:30

Porter Yoshida&Co Archives

 
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PORTER YOSHIDA&CO ARCHIVES

 

Porter Yoshida&Co is a Japanese brand of bags and accessories. Over their 85 years of activities, they created +2000 different items through +200 collections. Even strong fan of the brand can't keep track of most of them as constantly, new limited drops, collaborations and exclusive collections are lunched.
At Bows & Arrows store, we have gathered archive pieces that are now displayed. Discover over 50 different collections, unique accessories, rare and OOAK bags.

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Jul
9
to Jul 15

Bows & Arrows featured on À Nous Paris

Bows & Arrows has been featured on À Nous Paris (09-15 July 2018, Hors-Série #2) about "Japonism" events held in Paris.

 

Stationary, cosmetic, tableware, bags, knives... On the raw shelves of the shop are gathered Japanese products with high & contemporary quality, most of them are exclusive in France. New arrivals on Thursday.
— À Nous Paris
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Jul
4
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 27 - 2018

 
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Mikia was established in 1998 in Tokyo, Japan. The designer, Aki Mitsubayashi travels the world and gets inspired by it, people, culture and things that she meets and feels: everything is treasure and become a jewelry. All Mikia bracelet is hand made in Japan, using natural stones, vintage beads and more, found when travelling. There is always a story for each material and you can feel it in every piece.
Available at our store and on pur e-shop.

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Sensu is a new Japanese cosmetic brand dedicated to western skin, enriched with Japan's most beloved ingredients: yuzu and lotus.
Yuzu is a citrus from Asia, considered as a medicinal aliment and a true Japanese beauty secret used everyday and all possible ways: bath tube with some peels, moisturizing hair oil, day cream, cold detox juicy drinks, ...
Very rich in vitamin C, antioxydants and flavonoid, it protects the skin from pollution, and prevents aging and wrinkles.
Lotus is a sacred flower which evokes eternity. In 1951, one seed from one of the oldest lotus, dating from over 2000 years ago has been planted and grown in Kemigawa, Chiba prefecture.
Rich in fibers, vitamin C and antioxydants, lotus will delicately smooth and calm the skin while actively works against skin aging.
Sensu cosmetic is your perfect cosmetic line for this summer ! Coupling tonic lotion with a day cream and your skin will be protected from sun and moisturize all day long.
Available by tomorrow at the store and on our e-shop.
 

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Jul
1
to Aug 31

Bows & Arrows featured on M.P.A #16

Bows & Arrows has been featured on M.P.A. (Merci pour l'Adresse), July-August 2018. M.P.A. is an online and collective city guide, available as an updated website and app.
On their #16 edition, M.P.A. has gathered 18 bloggers and influencers to discover their secret spots all over the world.
Paris addresses are selected by Arnaud Chanteloup aka "Very Good Lord"

A shop dedicated entirely to objects from the land of the rising sun. e perfect place to nd original little gifts.
— @verygoodlord
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Jun
27
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 26 - 2018

We're happy to welcome the new collection of Ten Studio. “Ten” is a brand that takes craft arts, materials, and handcraft techniques that are traditional to Japanand incorporates them into contemporary lifestyles and clothing.
The name is derived from the Japanese word for periods and commas. Like these marks,
ten is a connector that continuously moves us from one idea to the next in a never-ending book.
Using mainly organic cotton fabrics dating at least of 1 century old, Ten is creating patchwork products with the traditional technique of "Boro".
New collection is available for pre-order at our store only.

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Jun
20
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 25 - 2018

We have the pleasure to invite you to discover Asako’s Iwamizu artwork at our shop all along June. And let yourself be conquered by her bright colors, positive feelings and good vibes

In 2018, Iwamizu Asako's activities as a plastician artist have reached its tenth year, she was stroke by Kimekomi technique in 2016, inspired by the manner wooden dolls of Japanese tradition are made Kimekomi pop art was born. Her experiences as a former fashion designer contributed also to her artwork evolving into fabric art with lots of originality. 

Seize the chance of acquiring one of her art works for yourself or think of getting your dad something unique to celebrate him getting one of her limited edition Parisian customized portraits.

Artworks and unique commissioned portrait can be purchase at our store until the end of June. Asako Iwamozu will be present during a small cocktail next week, Thursday 28th of June from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.


New vintage kimonos and haoris are available at our store ! Our selection starts from the 20's to the 70's and are made from silk, coton and linen, embellished with embroidery, shibori tie&dye and indigo. Both women and men are available even if most of them are unisex.

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Jun
12
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 24 - 2018

Siwa is a line of accessories made of "Naoron", a paper made of wood pulp mixed with polyolefin. Like leather, its living material is strong and durable. The brand Siwa is a play of word: from one side "Si + wa" means "shrink" and "Wa + Shi" means "paper", shrink being an important part of the creation of the material.
New arrival include wallets, coin cases and business card cases in different colors.
 

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Buube bibs, t-shirts and jackets are now joined with a new 2018 collection including collaboration sweaters with Nike and light-weight caps.

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We're happy to be the first store outside Japan gathering the full line of Moc'T clothing collection. Moc'T stands for "Mix, Original, Comfortable, Technical".Introduced in January this year, Moc'T carefully produce garments made of cotton on a loop-wheeled knitting machine, giving a smooth and stronger fabric.
A small selection of Moc'T apparel is already available at the store and on our e-shop. The full collection is ready to pre-order during Paris Men's Fashion Week held this month.

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Jun
6
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 23 - 2018

Suuu sponges are back in stock ! Those cuties can absorb up to 150ml, which is pretty impressive compared to our classic yellow&green ones. Always have one around your sink or table and wipe out all water, dust and more important calcium ! 
Both Shizuku (drop) and Ishi (stone) are available in 4 colors at our store and our e-shop.

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Only available at our store, a selection of authentic & antique kimonos, yukatas and obis made of silk, coton and linen.
Images are for reference only. ©Yamato Budoku/Japonic

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May
30
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 22 - 2018

Inic is a new brand of soluble beverages from Japan. Thanks to its manufacturing innovations, Inic is able to keep rich aromas of tea, chocolate and coffee on a stick, available anytime of the day, in just 5 seconds !

  • Take just five seconds whether ice or hot

    INIC is fineness to the premium fine granule powder that achieves a misty coffee extract solution with a special instantaneously drying manufacturing method.
    You can see the difference at a glance from other powders.
    Therefore, this is an extraordinary product that takes just five seconds whether in hot or cold water.
    You can enjoy the luxurious taste of authentic coffee without trouble even when you are busy.

  • Clear coffee, No bitterness and acridity

    The challenge with conventional instant coffee was that an enormous burden was placed on the beans because it was extracted under conditions considered harsh on them (e.g. high heat).
    This even pulled out unnecessary turbidity, bitterness and acridity.
    Accordingly, we strictly set the optimal extraction temperature and extraction time for INIC coffee by ascertaining the characteristics of the Arabica blend to maximize just the attractions of the carefully selected coffee beans.
    We cut out the weak points of the beans through a delicate process to make coffee with just its deliciousness standing out. 

  • Absolutely no colorings, flavorings or additives

    The only ingredients of INIC coffee are coffee and dextrin. Dextrin is a natural substance made by breaking down starch.
    We use this to stabilize the quality of INIC coffee.
    We do not use any unnecessary colorings, flavorings or additives, so please drink with confidence.

  • A taste you will be never tiredof no matter how many times you drink it morning, afternoon and night

    INIC coffee has a moderately strong taste you can drink anytime.
    It has totally well-balanced harmony between the acidity and bitterness.
    It has an exhilarating feel when drunk that leaves you satisfied without leaving weight, so you will be never tired of it whenever you drink it.
    The top aroma that rises up in the moment it melts has a habit-forming aromanticness.

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Discover a new selection of sunglasses from Kame ManNen, available at our store and on our e-shop.
Although manufacturing methods have changed over the years, Kame Mannen's passion for craftmanship still remains, evident in every piece. For years Kame Mannen has been at the cutting edge of new material technology. Skillful combination of titanium frames and gold plating were first developed by Kame ManNen in Japan.  

Founder Shigeru Wakabayashi believes in the timeless, good-old and his brand thus stands in constrast to the fast-paced and trend-driven world of today.

KameManNen values understatement. Money is not invested in marketing but back into the product to keep the highest standard of quality. To name an example that illustrates this: Kame Mannen sticks to the traditional, costly and time-consuming method of making acetate temples that prevent the acetate to move with time. 

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May
21
11:30 AM11:30

Bows & Arrows featured on Elle Zen

Bows & Arrows has been featured on Elle website, category "Zen" with Makanai Silk Cocoons available on our e-shop here.

—Wellness: these little pleasures that change everything —
Do you want a spring only made of softness ? Here are our selection of objects and little pleasures to make your daily life brighter.

SCRUBBING AND MOISTURIZING SILK COCOONS
Ancient beauty secret of geisha and Japanese empresses, this beauty item from Makanai has to be put as thimble. Humidify with warm water and draw tiny circles on your face. Say good bye to dead skin !
— Elle
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May
19
3:00 PM15:00

Tea Ceremony by artist Mai Ueda at Bows & Arrows

We are very glad to welcome artist Mai Ueda at Bows & Arrows this Saturday for a pleasant tea moment.

Mai Ueda x Bows & Arrows

Mai Ueda is a contemporary artist who has lived in cities including New York, Los Angels, Berlin and Paris. Her work can not be restricted also she has worked across mediums including internet, poetry, performance, music, fashion, drawings, ceramic and tea ceremonies, lately interested and learning Noh theatre in Japan. More at maiueda.com Mai is also a co founder of world tea gathering a movement to explore new way of tea with spirit of tradition together with Adam Somu who will be joining and supporting the tea gathering at Bows and Arrows.
http://maiueda.com

Tea ceremony starting at 3pm, Saturday 19th May of 2018.
Bows & Arrows / Japan-Best
17, Rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth
75003 Paris
http://maiueda.com

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May
1
to May 31

Bows & Arrows featured on Elle (May 2018)

Bows & Arrows has been featured on Elle magazine (N°3778) of May 2018. Inès de la Fressange, french top model and entrepreneur has gathered her favorite shopping addresses in Paris and talk about our store:

TO SHOP LIKE IN JAPAN
We think in Japan, it’s a must to by kimonos and fans but I really like to bring back a lot of gadgets, from notebook to pen to copper kettle. But if you really want, Bows & Arrows also sells kimonos.
— Inès de la Fressange
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May
1
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 18 - 2018

The Kokeshi studio of Akihiro Sakurai, is located in Naruko, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

Naruko, a very famous spa community, has one of the oldest and strongest traditions of Kokeshi that dates back more than a hundred years. Surrounded by the majestic nature of Naruko and nurtured by a lively flow of travelers, they are always striving for further sophistication while honoring generations of family Kokeshi tradition—meeting contemporary demands while promoting Kokeshi culture. They produce traditional Kokeshis in types such as “Iwazo,” “Mannojo,” and “Eikichi,” (all named after their ancestors) as well as wooden Hina-ningyo type Kokeshis.
This companies Kokeshi tradition goes back to Matagoro Ohnuma, who is believed to be the founder of Naruko Kokeshi, towards the end of the Edo period. Since then, surrounded by the abundant nature and hot springs of Naruko, they have produced Kokeshi for generations.

Discover our selection of Sakurai Kokeshi at our store and on our e-shop.

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Discover our selection of simple yet delicious deli products from Japan. You can success any meal by adding a sip of Kewpie, the famous Japanese mayonnaise, organic rice vinegar, full-bean soy sauce, organic tonkatsu ketchup, yuzu koshi spicy moutarde, ....
Only available at our store.


In addition to Ayame eyewear selection, we've added Kame ManNen pairs.

Although manufacturing methods have changed over the years, Kame Mannen's passion for craftmanship still remains, evident in every piece. For years Kame Mannen has been at the cutting edge of new material technology. Skillful combination of titanium frames and gold plating were first developed by Kame ManNen in Japan.  

Founder Shigeru Wakabayashi believes in the timeless, good-old and his brand thus stands in constrast to the fast-paced and trend-driven world of today.

The name “KameManNen” is derived from an old Japanese proverb, meaning “Turtle (lives) ten-thousand years”. The turtle as the company symbol expresses the attributes Shigeru defined for the brand – humbleness, longevity and timelessness. 

KameManNen values understatement. Money is not invested in marketing but back into the product to keep the highest standard of quality. To name an example that illustrates this: Kame Mannen sticks to the traditional, costly and time-consuming method of making acetate temples that prevent the acetate to move with time. 

This refusal to compromise on product quality necessarily leads to a small selected distribution.

Enjoy our selection at our store and on our e-shop.

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Apr
25
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 17 - 2018

Tokyo-based eyewear brand „Ayame“ was established by Yu Imaizumi in 2010. Having worked in the beauty industry as a hair & make-up artist from the age of 16-21, he now applies his passion of "making faces more beautiful" to the creative direction of Ayame. 

The desire to create his own sunglasses evoked when he experienced distress wearing Western brands, which are stylish but not particularly made for Japanese bone structure. 

Deciding to produce his own brand in 2005, he learned eyewear design through training from Yellow Plus founder Mr. Yamagishi in the mecca of eyewear, the small city of Sabae, Fukui, and self-study thereafter. 

It took him 5 years and much tenacity to convince the highly skilled craftsmen from Sabae to produce for him.

Today, the Ayame brand is very much connected to the Tokyo fashion scene. Nevertheless, his design approach is not to stick to what fashion dictates. His core philosophy is to design items that make a face more beautiful. 

The brand name “ayame =菖蒲” means Japanese Iris. The flower is the symbol of Yu Imaizumi’s home town. By changing the word’s characters to “ayame =彩目”, Yu attaches a new meaning to the brand: “aya =彩” means colouring and “me =目” means eyes.

“Ayame” pursues to create a tool to colour your eyes.
Models available at our Marais store, our Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.

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"Day begins with a piece of underwear, ending in underwear"

T Cutsewn Maison is a line of original underwear t-shirt with an exquisite quality production. Its smooth touch, from the way you pick it up, fresh in the morning, to its feeling on your skin is a divine and sensitive moment of pleasure, a perfect way to start a day and end it with your bed sheets.

Since 1821, Egyptian cotton is one of the most precious cotton ever produced because of it's no-machine process during its farming. Thanks to a delicate hand-picking, the fibres stay intact and straight, making it even more stronger, softer and durable than regular cotton. Touch a bed lining or garment made of Egyptian cotton and you will never want to touch regular cotton anymore. By 2000, Egyptian cotton has been trademarked to help consumers distinguish between genuine Egyptian cotton and falsely labelled imitations. Every product made, T Cutsewn Maison products included, endorse an official Egyptian Cotton holographic GIZA45 stamp approved by Sea Island Club (Japan).
T Cutsewn Maison is available at our Marais store and on our e-shop.
 

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Apr
19
to May 3

"Inner Lights", an exhibition by Ricci Mondo

We're happy to welcome "Inner Lights", a photography exhibition by artist Ricci Mondo.

Ricci Mondo x Bows & Arrows

Born in Kobe in 1950, Ricci Mondo is been living both in France and Japan, while working as a photographer and fashion designer.
Taking picture has always been Ricci's favorite medium of creation, starting in his early age with analog then digital. During his graduation at Kyoto University of Arts, his main working area was the dark room to play with chemicals in the aim of obtaining lights treatments and paper. But Ricci got frustrated by analog restrictions and leaved his experiments apart of his photographing work.
With the boom of digital photography, Ricci Mondo was able to experiment again with retouching and go deeper with treatments, playing with colors to find a deeper understanding of every shoot. He discovered lights hidden in the dark and how he can draw colors and lights from objects.

Prints will be available for purchase in a very limited edition:
A0 & B2, editions of 2
A3, B4, A4, editions of 8

"Inner Lights"
Ricci Mondo

April 19th to 3rd of May 2018
Vernissage April 19th from 6pm to 8:30pm

Bows & Arrows (Marais store)
17, Rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth 75003 Paris

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Apr
18
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 16 - 2018

Uno Hake is a brush workshop from Nihonbashi, a Tokyo district well know for its traditional and old stores dedicated to hand-made products. The brand has just turned 1 century old last year, in 2017 and is managed by a mother and her daughter. Together, they produce beautiful brushes made with the finest natural hair from pig, horse and goat. Everything is carefully crafted in their workshop, from the magnolia handle to the tip, each of them sewn by hand, one at a time. Enjoy a selection of shoe, cloth and cleansing brushes at our Marais store, our Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.

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Komon Plates (Classic, Kid, II & III) are available again in stock ! Enjoy a selection of beautiful plates in different sizes, with traditional patterns representing perfectly the art of Arita, birthplace of ceramic in Japan. Available at our Marais store and on our e-shop.

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Japanese sweets are also back in store ! Enjoy a wide selection of candies, snacks and gadgets with bright packaging and nice story: some of our products are produced since a century, had been featured in various film, used by geisha, in everyday life in Japan, ....
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Don't miss Ricci Mondo photography exhibition at our Marais store ! "Inner Lights" is an exhibiton where photography has been digitally played with and where light comes out from the darkness. Ricci Mondo draw shapes and forms into the photography as a way to search every possibilities of every snap.
Exhibition is held until 1May 3rd.

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Apr
14
11:30 AM11:30

Sake Tasting at Bows & Arrows

From tomorrow and every Saturday, enjoy a tasting of some sake from our Japanese alcools selection. It's a great way to try dry, fruity and floral sake and find the right one for you. To complete our range, we're also selling Umeshu (plum) and Yuzushu (citrus) liquors, Shochu (sweet potato) liquor and whisky.
Alcools are only avaiable at our Marais store and you must be +18 to be eligible for tasting.

While tasting, you will be able to enjoy our Beverage Menu in french, a notice that help customer the tastes of each sake and its better usages, from cocktail to dessert.

A Deli Menu is also availble for our Bows & Arrows green teas and epicerie fine products. As for now, we're also serving tea in Saturday: Sencha, Kukicha, Genmaicha and Hojicha.

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Apr
11
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 15 - 2018

Kokeshi is a beautiful object of craftsmanship: made from cherry wood, every detail is painted with bright colors and lacquerware by artists from all over Japan. Of course, each of them is unique and date from 20 to 150 years ago. Enjoy our selection of over 50 vintage Kokeshi dolls in our Marais store and our Printemps de l'Homme corner.


Direct from Tokyo, a selection of vintage Yukata and Kimono. Each one has been carefully picked for its fabric, pattern and colors. Enjoy our selection at our Marais store.

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Apr
4
11:30 AM11:30

New Arrivals of the Week 14 - 2018

Moc’T is a brand belonging to one of the most important spinning company in Japan. Shinnaigai has been at the very beginning of many sports high-tech fibers. Shinnaigai works with all the major Japanese fashion brands, supplying them with best quality cotton or wool.
In 2016, Shinnaigai’s president was visiting an old sweatshirt factory in Osaka’s country side and decided to buy the 1950’s machines that he found in a corner of the factory: the Moc't project was starting. 
Shinnaigai brought back the machine in its Osaka factory, creating one of the only remaining three or four factories producing authentic loopwheel terry cloth in the world.

The loopwheel process was developed by Italian inventor Guiseppe Negra back in 1926, using machines which rotate around cylinders at an incredibly slow rate to create layer after layer of cotton. These machines can only complete twenty-four rotations per minute, meaning it takes an hour to produce just one meter of loopwheeled terry. All that time and effort is well worth it though because the resulting fabric is remarkably durable. 
While the resulting product is first-rate, the loopwheel process itself was just too slow for these rapidly scaling companies and in the mid-century they all traded up to faster, side-seam manufacturing for their knits. 

As vintage garments have continued to inspire modern designers, there has recently been a significant resurgence of interest in loopwheel sweatshirts. For years now, reverent workwear brands have turned back to loopwheel as no other fabric can create that soft and sturdy texture which characterizes the legendary sweatshirts of the forties and fifties.  

Moc't collection is limited to very few pieces in only one color: the legendary “GR7” grey, the most classical color used by the most famous sport brands from the 1950’s.
Competitors will surely continue to modernize and digitize their processes, but Moc’t small Japanese factory will continue to churn along at one meter per hour to guarantee premium comfort and quality.

Moc't collection has a very limited distribution in Japan, only being sold at three prestigious shop in Tokyo. Bows & Arrows is the only store outside Japan to carry Moc't line.
Moc't is available at our Marais store and on our e-shop.

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Goto-Tomorrow is a workshop located in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture. M. Fujita and his son has been working on saddlery goods, with techniques passed through 4 generations. Thanks to their continuous and fully handcrafting work as saddler, they have now come with a line of accessories for our beloved pets.

Made from a single piece of leather and carefully hand stitched one by one. Lead and collar are made to be strong and usable for years. The leather is smoothened for hours to be sure it feels soft and confortable on dog and cat's neck.
Available at our Marais store, Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.

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Tsukamoto Donabe rice-cookers are back in stock. They're your perfect tool to cook rice easily, on gaz stove and even micro-wave. Donabe is pot that can also be used to cook different recipies: miso soup, ratatouille, dumplings, roasted vegetables, ...
Available at our Marais store, Printemps de l'Homme corner and on our e-shop.

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