Voice From the Founder Kichizo Yoshida

 Founder of Porter: Kichizo Yoshida. He passed away in 1994 but his two sons successfully took the family business and have continued respecting the father's will and aspirations until now.  Teruyuki Yoshida is the present CEO of Porter.

Founder of Porter: Kichizo Yoshida. He passed away in 1994 but his two sons successfully took the family business and have continued respecting the father's will and aspirations until now.  Teruyuki Yoshida is the present CEO of Porter.


 Lugage label and Porter logos

Lugage label and Porter logos

-Heart and soul into every stitch
-Every bag begins with a thread
-Don't step over a bag!
-Profit from loss
-Even if you make 100 bags, it is still for the sake of one customer. Special care is taken for each bag, and every stitch is made carefully and deliberately so as not to make an inferior product. 
-Do you still have work? * in a conversation at factory
-Craftsmen are our treasure
-Do not place your bag directly on the floor. Stop handling it roughly
-Do not let craftsmen die out
-You did an excellent job * In a conversation at factory
-If it does not have a heart, it does not have worth
-Most of them are made by sewing machines recently. However, when you talk about the spot where it needs functionality and durability, there is nothing better than using your hand
-I've always tried my hardest to not lose to foreign products, even if there were some people saying they don't mind cheaper, similar products
-Never give in to overseas production. Promise me to never do it, even after I pass away
-First and foremost, a bag should be a tool
-Profit is in the product
-People in the planning division need to argue more with craftsmen
-Place a sheet of paper on the floor before putting your bag down
-You’ve got quite the attitude for this
-Make a bag with taste * in a conversation with a hand-stitch craftsman Ms. Notani
-Always give it your best shot and never give up. Don’t fear the result. It’s important to believe that you’re going to win in the end
- We’re a bag company so we make bags
-Preparation accounts for 80% of bag making
-You have to be strict on the craftsman for this level of quality
-I always do the final check for everything
-I’ve never sold a bag with curved stitches
-Technique will improve with study, so it’s not necessary to try to make something well. You have to put yourself in the user’s shoes and make a bag that only you can make * In a conversation with Ms. Notani
- I will teach you. In return, please teach others once you master it * In a conversation with Ms Notani
-If you go out visit shops or companies, you should always check their bathrooms
-It doesn’t matter if we go by plane or train, we all arrive at the same time
-It is imperative to sell a good product at the right price
-It’s not enough to sell 80% of the total production. The leftovers 20% will be salary and company profits
-If you’re in the bag industry, think only about bags
-Our showroom is the face of Yoshida. Always keep things in order
-A bag is a tool
-Whether it be a bag, movie or theatrical performance, you must always know the finest in order to produce
-Even a single scrap of cloth on the floor is money. Don’t waste anything
-At the time, most craftsmen were extremely strict about manners or rules during the work. What they hated the most, however, was to make a bad product. It was shameful
-At any rate, I was constantly thinking about making new bags- new patterns and new materials
-My ideas about making bags with a certain taste and better quality has not changed at all
- Nowadays, quite a few people have fun with leather handicrafts. A few people even become established craftsman. I am always proud of this fact.
-When all is said and done, a hand-sewn bag cannot be beaten. The durability of the bag and thickness of the stitching is on a completely different level from that of a machine-made bag
-If you’re going to pay that much money, you should use that money as a research fund and be able to make a better and more authentic bag