By Raan & Shea Parton, Sam Fitzgerald
Photos by Vendor
We are privileged to release the Nakameguro Market Bag, exclusively sold at vendor, located in Tokyo, Japan. This is our 40th Local + Global project, connecting regional retailers with our global advocacy and helping to create consistent employment for artisans in rural Bangladesh (Watch: Bangladesh Co-op).
Surrounded by the concrete and neon of its south-central Tokyo neighbors Shibuya and Ebisu, Nakameguro is much more peacful compared to most of Tokyo. Although the streets are busy with commuters, shoppers, and schoolchildren, the quiet back-alleys of Nakameguro are clean, calm and welcoming. At the heart of Nakameguro is the Meguro River which runs directly through the center of the neighborhood. In early spring a local festival descends on the town as people flock from all over Tokyo to catch a view of the fleeting cherry blossom only viewable during 'hanami' season. A row of designer boutiques, cafes and restaurants dot both sides of the Meguro river while the winding back streets are a mix of vintage clothing shops, old workshops & creative studios that have been there for decades. The distinctly 'local' feeling of Nakameguro comes from its gradual development over the last two decades since the first group of young designers and shop owners moved into the area. Since then it has become a key hub for Tokyo's fashion, music and art communities while still managing to maintain its laidback community charm.
The first vendor store was in the nearby fashion district of Daikanyama. Eventually the time came for the proprietors to look for a bigger space and they knew they wanted to be in Nakameguro. There is a lot less foot-traffic than in Nakameguro than in Daikanyama but being along the river, with the trees, and community vibe - made Nakemeguro the best long term home for the vendor store.
Visit Tokyo this winter and add the Nakemeguro Market Bag to your gift list. We look forward to seeing our relationship grow with Vendor and are grateful to make a global impact with the neighborhood of Nakemeguro.