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Bags exist in that limbo between fashionable and functional. They carry a purpose but elements of design can make all the difference.

Keisuke Miyake literally invokes some fighting spirit in his designs. As a second-generation kyo-ningyo (traditional Kyoto doll) craftsman, his unusual pieces are made using techniques employed to create yoroikabuto — the miniature sets of samurai armor and helmet that Japanese families often display in their homes to celebrate Children’s Day on May 5. These skills are also the same as those used by Japanese medieval craftsmen to make genuine battle armor.

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