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What is a formal bag?

Image of formal bag A formal bag is a bag that is mainly suited for black formal wear such as mourning clothes or formal clothes, and is used in a variety of situations such as entrance ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, wakes, funerals, Shichi-Go-San festivals, recitals, etc. For such important occasions, there is a certain etiquette that should never be changed even in this day and age where fashion is diversifying. At Iwasa, we offer this important culture that must not be changed, along with traditional Japanese techniques.

How to choose a formal bag

A bag is an important item that affects the overall impression. They can be used for a variety of occasions, such as weddings, Shichi-Go-San events, wakes, and funerals, but it is important to follow the proper manners when using them.
  • matte black

    A black cloth bag is the basics. Avoid enamel or shiny leather.

  • Items without metal fittings

    Avoid metal fittings in visible areas such as seams and brand logos.

  • unadorned

    No large decorations or bijou. Choose a simple type.

At Iwasa, we respect tradition and offer the most suitable bags.

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How to choose a bag that matches your belongings

How to choose a bag that matches your belongings A formal bag that can be used for all occasions, from school entrance ceremonies to funerals. Iwasa offers various types of formal bags to meet the needs of our customers.

Easy care and storage method

Iwasa's formal bags are made one by one by craftsmen with great care, so you can use them for a long time with easy care and storage after use.

How to care for formal bags

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    To remove dirt and dust from the surface of the bag, use a dry, soft cloth to gently pat it. We recommend using a cloth such as microfiber, which does not leave any fibers behind. If foundation gets on your face, wipe it with a damp cloth that has been wrung out thoroughly, then wipe it dry.

  • adjust the shape

    Dry in a well-ventilated place

    If you use it on a rainy day or in a humid season, please dry it in the shade for about a day in a well-ventilated place away from direct sunlight to prevent mold from forming.

*If it gets wet due to rain, please dry it as soon as possible.
*If your item gets scratched or the gusset sticks out because you stuffed it too much, please contact us first as the response will vary depending on the condition of the scratch and the gusset.
Contact information
Iwasa Co., Ltd. Customer Support Section
Tel: 06-6633-4681 / Weekdays 10:00-18:00 (*Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, year-end and New Year holidays, and temporary closures)

How to store formal bags

  • keep in the shade

    put paper

    If you store the bag with the paper (red bean paste) inside it, it will absorb the moisture contained in the bag and prevent the growth of mold. The lightweight series (soft tailored) formal bags also have the role of preventing them from losing their shape.

  • well ventilated

    Store in makeup box

    Store it in a box in a place that is not exposed to direct sunlight and avoids high temperatures and humidity. If you don't have a box, store it in a drawstring bag. When storing items without putting them in a box, avoid stacking them on top of each other as this may cause deformation.

*Using benzene or thinners or washing with water may damage the fabric.
*Please do not store together with insect repellents, perfumes, etc. as this may cause discoloration, deterioration, and peeling.
*Please note that if the product is exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time, discoloration may occur due to ultraviolet rays.

How to care and store your horse hair bag

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Use a brush with soft bristles to gently brush to remove dirt.
In the unlikely event that your hair stands out and stings, cut it off from the root using thread trimming scissors.
*We do not recommend using oils or creams as they may cause discoloration or stains.

Regarding handling and storage methods

Storing it in a hot and humid place may cause mold to grow. In the unlikely event that mold develops, even if you try to wipe it off with a brush or cloth, the roots of the fungus will penetrate deep into the tissue, leaving traces that will not be cleaned properly.
It is important to prevent mold from forming during storage. They thrive when they are dirty, hot and humid, so please clean them, dry them in a cool, well-ventilated place, and store them in a gift box or drawstring bag.

*After use, wipe it dry with a soft cloth and store it in a cloth bag in a cool, well-ventilated place with little humidity.
*Avoid storing in plastic bags or other materials with poor ventilation.
Please refrain from storing it in a bag or box with poor ventilation, as this may cause mold to grow.
*Please store away from direct sunlight or lighting.