Black Selvedge Totebag by Koen Tossijn
The latest product by craftsman Koen Tossijn is a selvedge totebag. The totebag is made of a black fabric with a redline selvedge from Okayama, Japan.
The totebag bag is made with the signature colour of Koen, black. Almost all his products are made in black (or dark blue) colour. It’s made in his Amsterdam based shop. For the bag he used the full width of the fabric, so no material is wasted when cutting the fabric. The bag is clean designed and practical. There are two extra two handles that allow you to carry the bag however you like: over your shoulder, in your hand or on the steering wheel of your bike as they do in Amsterdam. The more you will use your bag, the more beautiful it will gets as the fabric is rigid, unwashed. Every bag will end up differently, so all unique.
About Koen Tossijn
Koen Tossijn is based in the Amsterdam’s red-light district, a famous and bruting area. When Koen left his parental home, he set out on his own creative path. He taught himself to sew and studied fashion and textile at the Academy of Art in The Hague. However he quickly grew disillusioned with what he perceived as a reluctance to question the fashion industry’s system.
“I learned a lot there but I quit after 18 months because I don’t believe in pumping out a new collection every season. We don’t have to constantly be on the hunt for the ‘new’ or try to stand out with gimmicks. Common products like a t-shirt or jeans might not be special, but that’s exactly what makes them so special. There is beauty in the ordinary”, says Koen Tossijn.
Koen started creating made-to-measure jeans. Every seam, every stitch was sweated over, researched, altered, updated and improved, time after time, customer by customer, as he learned how to understand and control the manufacturing process. It was the birth of the new standard and the first ordinary piece of the foundation made in an outstanding way.
Next to making high-quality and unique pairs of jeans Koen also made other classic pieces as a Derby pair of shoes, polo shirts, t-shirts, sweats, beanies and so on. All are available through his webshop.
Koen Tossijn, founder Tossijn.
The selvedge totebag.
The making of shots from the selvedge totebag.