Colorful Travels

The scene is the same in airports around the world: Plain black roller bags wind through airport security lines, fill the overhead compartments, and clog baggage carousels, each one looking too much like all the others. Hideo Wakamatsu has designed the antidote to boring black luggage. He grew up in Tokyo, where his family is the leading maker of traditional randoseru schoolbags, and spent 10 years working with bag makers in Paris before founding his own company. We featured his Feather collection earlier, and now we’re packing his Tarpaulin collection. Made from a tarp-like material, the Tarpaulin bags are durable and water resistant with a sporty sheen. The malleable material offers the flexibility of a duffel bag, plus the structure of a roller, retractable handles, and smooth-running wheels. You can expand Hideo’s Tarpaulin bags if you need to (packing for college), or cinch the straps when you're traveling light (overnight getaway). Red, blue, white and black trolleys are available -- and even the black versions stand out in a crowd, thanks to the unique material and sleek design. If your itinerary calls for something practical, stylish and different from the status quo, this bag’s for you.

Hideo Wakamatsu

Tarpaulin Rolling Luggage Collection

Colorful Travels

The scene is the same in airports around the world: Plain black roller bags wind through airport security lines, fill the overhead compartments, and clog baggage carousels, each one looking too much like all the others. Hideo Wakamatsu has designed the antidote to boring black luggage. He grew up in Tokyo, where his family is the leading maker of traditional randoseru schoolbags, and spent 10 years working with bag makers in Paris before founding his own company. We featured his Feather collection earlier, and now we’re packing his Tarpaulin collection. Made from a tarp-like material, the Tarpaulin bags are durable and water resistant with a sporty sheen. The malleable material offers the flexibility of a duffel bag, plus the structure of a roller, retractable handles, and smooth-running wheels. You can expand Hideo’s Tarpaulin bags if you need to (packing for college), or cinch the straps when you're traveling light (overnight getaway). Red, blue, white and black trolleys are available -- and even the black versions stand out in a crowd, thanks to the unique material and sleek design. If your itinerary calls for something practical, stylish and different from the status quo, this bag’s for you.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi

    Hi Daily Grommet. My name is Yoshi and I work in the US Operations for Hideo Wakamatsu. I am glad to be back here sharing more of Hideo's luggage collection with you. Our Tarpaulin pieces are very durable, flexible, water and shred resistant. Because they are not made with heavy framework they are super lightweight and can be cinched down or expanded to meet your traveling needs. You will be pleased with how these pieces perform and last year after year. I'm here to answer any questions you have.

  • pat
    pat
    7/26/2011 12:23 PM

    How much does the 25" weigh?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/26/2011 12:41 PM

    @pat: It weighs 8 lbs. Detailed information about a Grommet can often be found on the details tab below the video but above the story. We know that it is easy to miss and so I wanted to point it out for future shopping.

  • Marlene
    Marlene
    7/26/2011 1:16 PM

    Is this luggage suitable to be checked as baggage? How much does the 19" trolley weigh?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/26/2011 2:07 PM

    @Marlene: The Hideo luggage is perfect to be checked as baggage. The 19" trolley can be checked or carried on and weighs 6 pounds. Just in case you need to find Grommet details similar to that in the future, look for the Details tab right under the video next to the Story tab. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    7/26/2011 4:29 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Hi Katherine, thanks for answering so fast :) Indeed, the bags can be checked in with confidence and as you pointed out, the weights are 6 and 8 pounds for the 19" and 25" sizes respectively.

  • Christine
    Christine
    7/26/2011 7:14 PM

    Hi Yoshi--how does the white hold up during your travels with all of the rough handling of checked baggage? Will it scuff or wear more obviously than a darker color? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/26/2011 10:41 PM

    @Christine: I just spoke with Yoshi and she says the white version does get marked up, but because the tarpaulin fabric is non-porous, the marks are easily removable. She recommends using sponges such as "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser" with water to get rid of the marks.

  • nancy
    nancy
    10/4/2011 12:00 PM

    hi, can you comment on whether the taurpalin material is environmentally friendly? is it pvc which i've heard is bad? how does it compare to the material in the featherlight (in terms of the environment?)

    thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/4/2011 12:25 PM

    @nancy: I have forwarded your question on to Yoshi for her insight. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/4/2011 3:32 PM

    @nancy: I talked to Yoshi and they don't have this specific information. I personally believe that one of the best things we can do for our environment is to buy products that are durable enough to have a long and useful life and won't shortly end up in a landfill. In this regard, you can't go wrong with anything from the Hideo line. You will want to choose one that you can still see yourself using decades from now.

  • Jamie
    Jamie
    11/1/2011 1:39 PM

    When do you anticipate the blue color will be available? Went to purchase today unsuccessfully - -

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/1/2011 2:16 PM

    @Jamie Scarborough: We checked and they are available again. We have made the modification so that you can order it now. Thanks for stopping by today.

  •  Gay Huffman
    Gay Huffman
    5/15/2012 1:20 PM

    I'd like to order the lightweight luggage originally offered, but it and the newer version are all unavailable. What's Up? Are they going to be available in the near future? never again? What's going on, inquiring minds need to know :)

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/15/2012 2:28 PM

    @ Gay Huffman: Thank you for your interest. We will not be offering the luggage bags anymore. If you come across luggage you love, please submit his/her products as a Grommet!

  •  Gay Huffman
    Gay Huffman
    5/15/2012 8:21 PM

    Can these be purchased somewhere else?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/16/2012 1:32 PM

    @ Gay Huffman: You can order the TARPAULIN ROLLING LUGGAGE COLLECTION that Daily Grommet had curated at http://www.hideowakamatsu.com/collections/large-wheeled-luggage

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Hideo Wakamatsu

Tarpaulin Rolling Luggage Collection

Colorful Travels

The scene is the same in airports around the world: Plain black roller bags wind through airport security lines, fill the overhead compartments, and clog baggage carousels, each one looking too much like all the others.

Hideo Wakamatsu has designed the antidote to boring black luggage. He grew up in Tokyo, where his family is the leading maker of traditional randoseru schoolbags, and spent 10 years working with bag makers in Paris before founding his own company. We featured his Feather collection earlier, and now
we’re packing his Tarpaulin collection.

Made from a tarp-like material, the Tarpaulin bags are durable and water resistant with a sporty sheen. The malleable material offers the flexibility of a duffel bag, plus the structure of a roller, retractable handles, and smooth-running wheels. You can expand Hideo’s Tarpaulin bags if you need to (packing for college), or cinch the straps when you're traveling light (overnight getaway).

Red, blue, white and black trolleys are available -- and even the black versions stand out in a crowd, thanks to the unique material and sleek design. If your itinerary calls for something practical, stylish and different from the status quo, this bag’s for you.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi

    Hi Daily Grommet. My name is Yoshi and I work in the US Operations for Hideo Wakamatsu. I am glad to be back here sharing more of Hideo's luggage collection with you. Our Tarpaulin pieces are very durable, flexible, water and shred resistant. Because they are not made with heavy framework they are super lightweight and can be cinched down or expanded to meet your traveling needs. You will be pleased with how these pieces perform and last year after year. I'm here to answer any questions you have.

  • pat
    pat
    7/26/2011 12:23 PM

    How much does the 25" weigh?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/26/2011 12:41 PM

    @pat: It weighs 8 lbs. Detailed information about a Grommet can often be found on the details tab below the video but above the story. We know that it is easy to miss and so I wanted to point it out for future shopping.

  • Marlene
    Marlene
    7/26/2011 1:16 PM

    Is this luggage suitable to be checked as baggage? How much does the 19" trolley weigh?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/26/2011 2:07 PM

    @Marlene: The Hideo luggage is perfect to be checked as baggage. The 19" trolley can be checked or carried on and weighs 6 pounds. Just in case you need to find Grommet details similar to that in the future, look for the Details tab right under the video next to the Story tab. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Yoshi
    Yoshi – Special Guest
    7/26/2011 4:29 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Hi Katherine, thanks for answering so fast :) Indeed, the bags can be checked in with confidence and as you pointed out, the weights are 6 and 8 pounds for the 19" and 25" sizes respectively.

  • Christine
    Christine
    7/26/2011 7:14 PM

    Hi Yoshi--how does the white hold up during your travels with all of the rough handling of checked baggage? Will it scuff or wear more obviously than a darker color? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/26/2011 10:41 PM

    @Christine: I just spoke with Yoshi and she says the white version does get marked up, but because the tarpaulin fabric is non-porous, the marks are easily removable. She recommends using sponges such as "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser" with water to get rid of the marks.

  • nancy
    nancy
    10/4/2011 12:00 PM

    hi, can you comment on whether the taurpalin material is environmentally friendly? is it pvc which i've heard is bad? how does it compare to the material in the featherlight (in terms of the environment?)

    thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/4/2011 12:25 PM

    @nancy: I have forwarded your question on to Yoshi for her insight. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/4/2011 3:32 PM

    @nancy: I talked to Yoshi and they don't have this specific information. I personally believe that one of the best things we can do for our environment is to buy products that are durable enough to have a long and useful life and won't shortly end up in a landfill. In this regard, you can't go wrong with anything from the Hideo line. You will want to choose one that you can still see yourself using decades from now.

  • Jamie
    Jamie
    11/1/2011 1:39 PM

    When do you anticipate the blue color will be available? Went to purchase today unsuccessfully - -

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/1/2011 2:16 PM

    @Jamie Scarborough: We checked and they are available again. We have made the modification so that you can order it now. Thanks for stopping by today.

  •  Gay Huffman
    Gay Huffman
    5/15/2012 1:20 PM

    I'd like to order the lightweight luggage originally offered, but it and the newer version are all unavailable. What's Up? Are they going to be available in the near future? never again? What's going on, inquiring minds need to know :)

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/15/2012 2:28 PM

    @ Gay Huffman: Thank you for your interest. We will not be offering the luggage bags anymore. If you come across luggage you love, please submit his/her products as a Grommet!

  •  Gay Huffman
    Gay Huffman
    5/15/2012 8:21 PM

    Can these be purchased somewhere else?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/16/2012 1:32 PM

    @ Gay Huffman: You can order the TARPAULIN ROLLING LUGGAGE COLLECTION that Daily Grommet had curated at http://www.hideowakamatsu.com/collections/large-wheeled-luggage

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.