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Beautiful Koi-Inspired Bags

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Bag designer Atelier Iwakiri's flagship piece is a dynamic yet sophisticated goldfish-shaped shoulder bag. And when we say goldfish-shaped, we don’t mean a quickly sketched oval with a triangle stuck on the end. We mean a bag that looks just like a goldfish, crafted from material so smooth it gives a luster that makes it look like a fish swimming.

Ironically, you’ll want to avoid getting the bag wet, since it’s made from smooth leather. From nose to tail, the bag measures 46 centimeters (18.1 in) long, with a lined 33-centimeter (13 in) zipper-closed interior compartment outfitted with two pockets.

The bag also features antique gold fixtures, and the adjustable strap can be shortened or tucked to convert the shoulder bag into a handbag or clutch.

While vivid red is the more fashion-forward color, the bag is also available in black, brown and dark brown.

If you’re wondering how Atelier Iwakiri mass-produces something with such a complex construction, it doesn’t. Each goldfish bag is handmade, and such intricate craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap, or quickly. The large bag shown here is priced at ¥118,800 (US$990), while a smaller version costs ¥75,600 (US$665). Since the bags are made-to-order, delivery can take between two weeks and six months, depending on Atelier Iwakiri’s backlog.

If you’ve fallen in love with these adorable fishies, you can get the ball rolling by contacting Atelier Iwakiri here. The company will respond with the approximate time required to ship your fantastic fish fashion.

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