BAUHAUS STYLE BAGS
Minimalist, German design meets Japanese philosophy of life. The focus is on simple, solid and timeless design, as well as high-quality materials and sustainable production in Germany. This ensures that each bag will last for years.
KOTAI is Japanese and stands for the fact that traces of use, i.e. the patina created by long use, make a product more beautiful, individual and valuable. But this only works if consumers appreciate these signs of use. Seems impossible in times of an extreme throw-away mentality. The products of KOTAI with their longevity are the alternative. In the course of time they develop a unique patina with which they gain in beauty. This is exactly why the designs are so minimalist, reduced to the essential. And of all places, Weimar, the German birthplace of the Bauhaus, is where the Julia Boos and Kei Urayama chose to produce their bags and jewelry. This fits perfectly, because the label of the two is characterized by the minimalist style. Both founders were born in Hamburg and live in Berlin. However, Kei Urayama also has Japanese roots. This is where the Wabi Sabi influences come from in KOTAI.
Julia Boos, the designer of KOTAI
All products are manufactured in Germany in small family productions. This is done with the lowest possible waste and the highest standards in terms of sustainable production techniques. And, of course, by using high quality and naturally tanned leather, which is used in the production in Weimar. The materials come from Italy and the Netherlands. Each product is deliberately made without individual components that could break.
The current collection of KOTAI.
The label works with family businesses in Germany, which are part of the sustainability agreement "NAThürigen". The alliance is committed to the careful use of resources, sustainability and social justice, as well as responsibility towards future generations in Thuringia, where Weimar is located. Only small, exclusive quantities of each item are produced. In this way, the founding duo wants to avoid overproduction and challenge the purchasing behavior of customers - by shifting to a more conscious consumption of better goods.