Crafz, Funakoshicho • クラフツ、船越町



Riding my bike around Osaka on a bit of a gallery tour one day, I came across Crafz. The window display on the first floor contained what looked like hand crafted watches! I had to see for myself if this was true or not, so I went upstairs.

A small shop, packed full of the most wonderfully rustic watches greeted me, with the pleasant sound of someone gently hammering fine metal at the back. And it was all true, from the custom leather straps and the hand worked exterior to the guts and workings, all watches on display were all hand made. To me they have this really rough looking 'just invented' type of feel, some with bolts and bits sticking out, others more watch than watch face. But it's all good!

After speaking with the staff at the shop, they asked me to make a few small mentions on the site: Firstly, they can't sell overseas unfortunately. They also don't have any English speaking staff, and because they pride themselves on good customer relations, they ask that you come with someone who can speak Japanese. The watches are very delicate, and the shop maintains all purchased watches on a regular basis, so as you can imagine, there's a lot of stuff to explain!

But not to put you off! Go, check it out! It's creative, and it's right here in Kansai!

For more information, check out their website here.

Crafz is produced by the Japan Handcraft-watch Association Kansai.




1 comment:

and lOOk. said...

wow...winnie will love this crafty shop..miss ur bicycle going around the office area...HAa..!
eh..get a tag board on ur page LAH..!! here...

http://cbox.ws/

visit ya site again soon (: