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Article: The appeal of Tochigi Leather, a representative Japanese domestic leather. – JAPAN FACTORY

The appeal of Tochigi Leather, a representative Japanese domestic leather. – JAPAN FACTORY

The appeal of Tochigi Leather, a representative Japanese domestic leather. – JAPAN FACTORY

Hello. This is the Hallelujah Editorial Team.

When it comes to leather brands in Japan, what comes to mind?

If you're someone who loves leather or is knowledgeable about it, you would probably answer "Tochigi Leather" right away. Even if you're not familiar with leather, you might have heard the name "Tochigi Leather" before. However, if you're not well-versed in leather products, you may not know what it refers to.

Tochigi Leather is highly regarded not only in Japan but also worldwide. I would like to briefly introduce the appeal of Tochigi Leather in a way that is understandable to both those who know about it and those who don't.

First of all, Tochigi Leather is used in products such as wallets, bags, and key cases by the domestic brand "JAPAN FACTORY."

By the way, in our previous article, we explained about Pueblo Leather. If you're interested in Pueblo leather, you can take a look at it here.

Tochigi Leather

Let's get into the main topic then.

Tochigi Leather refers to the leather manufactured by Tochigi Leather Co., Ltd. As the name suggests, the company is located in Tochigi Prefecture and has been a long-standing leather manufacturing company since 1937.

Tochigi Leather Co., Ltd.

They specialize in the production of cowhide (vegetable-tanned leather) and take pride in offering the highest quality in Japan.

The leather they produce is supple, durable, and as time goes by, it develops a rich and deep character. This quality is highly appreciated not only in Japan but also worldwide.

The appeal of Tochigi Leather

Long-lasting. High quality.

Tochigi Leather goes through more than 20 processes from raw hides to finished leather. With meticulous attention to detail and employing their unique traditional tanning methods, they produce durable leather.

※ Reference:

  • Vegetable Tanning:
    A tanning method that uses natural tannins derived from plants. This method results in hard and durable leather that is less prone to deformation. However, it can be affected by sunlight and oils, so regular maintenance is necessary. Nonetheless, it develops unique characteristics through aging.

  • Chrome Tanning:
    A tanning method that uses a chemical called chromium. It allows for faster production compared to vegetable tanning. While it exhibits less aging compared to vegetable-tanned leather, it offers advantages such as waterproofing and heat resistance. It has inherent durability and requires less maintenance.


Above all, the aging (changes over time) of Tochigi Leather is something that is better understood by seeing it rather than explaining it. Here is a photo of a brand new Tochigi Leather Camel Tote Bag that has not been used yet.

And here is a photo of the same Tochigi Leather Camel Tote Bag after approximately two years of daily use.

When compared, this is how they look.

Using it every day doesn't make you tired of it. You'll feel the desire to use it even more.

Whether it's a wallet or a bag, since you've come across a leather product, you want to use it for a long time. However, if it stays in the same condition, you might get bored with it.

The biggest charm of leather products is the aging process. Tochigi Leather exceeds expectations in terms of the changes it undergoes. By enjoying the aging process every day, the wallet will deepen its color and develop more character, surpassing its initial appearance. This allows for long-term use without getting tired of it.

"I enjoy watching it change, and I look forward to seeing it continue to evolve in the future." These are words directly received from a customer. While all leather products can be enjoyed through aging, Tochigi Leather stands out with its unique texture, luster, and various expressions. It can be appreciated from various perspectives.

Pride of Japan - Made in Japan

When you look around the world, you may find excellent leather in many places. However, there is significant meaning and charm in something that is "crafted by Japanese artisans (tanners)".

Tochigi Leather has abundant information available if you delve deeper, but I provided a brief overview this time.

While preserving the pride and pride of Japanese artisans, "Made in Japan," the JAPAN FACTORY brand aims to continue producing and selling leather products in the future.

【Introduction】Leather Products Using Tochigi Leather

L-Zip Long Wallet with Tochigi Leather

The L-Zip Long Wallet is considered a flagship product of the JAPAN FACTORY brand.

One of the key features of this wallet is the abundant use of Tochigi Leather on the inside as well. By deliberately incorporating this expressive leather, the wallet encapsulates the inherent charm of the leather itself.

Additionally, the L-shaped zipper allows for smoother and easier opening and closing compared to a round zipper, enhancing accessibility.

This wallet is particularly popular among individuals in their 30s, making it an excellent choice for occasions such as Father's Day, Mother's Day, or birthday gifts.

▶ Featured Product: Tochigi Leather L-Zip Long Wallet in Camel Genuine Leather

【New】 Tochigi Leather L-Zip Long Wallet

We understand that there may be inquiries about how this product differs from the previously introduced L-Zip Long Wallet, as they may appear similar at first glance.

This particular wallet incorporates the interior design of our record-breaking crowdfunding-supported product, "TIDY," while utilizing Tochigi Leather for its exterior. It is manufactured in our own workshop, setting it apart from the previously mentioned product, which is also domestically produced but in a different location.

The interior of this wallet is crafted with cowhide leather, and the color of the interior is customized to match each specific color of the exterior leather.

The rich and unique expressions of natural leather are preserved and showcased in their original form. Each piece has its own individuality with wrinkles, grain patterns, and other natural characteristics. No two are exactly alike. We embrace and celebrate the subtle differences, allowing you to appreciate the uniqueness of each item. When you see the finished products, you can truly discern the distinct expressions of each piece. It is something that is inherent to leather goods.

This popular item has been a hit since its initial release, and we also offer a round zipper type for those who prefer that style.

▶Featured Product: Tochigi Leather Round Zip Long Wallet

Tote Bag

The tote bag, which was featured in the aging images earlier, holds a special significance for the designer. The designer pursued the bag they themselves wanted to use and spent a year experimenting and refining it until it was completed.

The bag boldly utilizes thick Tochigi leather and features a simple design without external pockets. The simplicity is one of the designer's particular focuses, as they want customers to enjoy the expression of the leather.

The tote bag is also highly popular among women. For those who want to appreciate the aging process, the camel color is recommended.

▶Introducing: Tochigi Leather Tote Bag

Tochigi Leather + Brass Leather Accessories

The gentle luster of brass complements the soft texture of Tochigi leather very well, and it is extensively used in JAPAN FACTORY leather accessories.

Just like Tochigi leather, brass develops a beautiful aging patina over time, adding to the enjoyment of using these accessories.

Key cases

A palm-sized key case is a compact accessory designed to hold approximately 1 to 4 keys, depending on their size. It features a simple one-piece leather construction, giving it a charming and cute appearance. The key case is adorned with brass hardware, adding a touch of elegance and durability.

▶ Featured Product: Tochigi Leather Brass Key Case

The new Tochigi Leather 4-Key Case in a combination of colors.

This key case, introduced in 2020, is designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind. It features a one-handed opening and closing mechanism, eliminating the need for snap buttons or additional closures.

One of its notable features is the availability of options for both right-handed and left-handed individuals. This ensures that anyone can easily open and use the key case with just one hand.

The key case is compact and sleek, allowing for effortless storage in pockets or bags. It is meticulously crafted in our workshop, with a wide range of color variations available. You can choose between designs that feature a single color throughout or opt for the two-tone color combination.

With its refined Tochigi Leather construction, this key case strikes a perfect balance between elegance and functionality, making it a stylish accessory for everyday use.

▶ Introduction:Tochigi Leather 4-Slot Key Case - Two-Tone Color


Shoehorn for Leather Shoes. Available in M and L sizes. This portable shoehorn is an essential item for business professionals who wear leather shoes. It is a popular gift item, especially for occasions like Father's Day. It can be easily carried anywhere and adds a touch of sophistication to one's style. The use of Tochigi leather as a decorative accent enhances the overall appeal of the product.

▶Featured Product: Tochigi Leather Brass Portable Shoehorn in M/L sizes

I understand that you have many products you would like to introduce, and they are all elegant, high-quality, and designed to be enjoyed for a long time. I encourage you to experience these products firsthand and discover their timeless appeal. Thank you for taking the time to read through the entire presentation.

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