2020/06/15 04:30






The reason all Porter Classic products are made in Japan is simple.

High level craftsmanship.

Our colleagues from the factories to the independent professionals are artisanal blessings, and the constant challenges they overcome defy quality in each of our products.

Here’s an open letter we sent to the artisans, asking them about their work ethics,their creative surroundings and their economic views that forms Porter Classic.

- PCの「色変」を作る現場は、どのような現場ですか?

Please share with us what kind of environment, or work state, Porter Classic products are color processed in.



There are two kinds of approaches to color processing in our factory. One group of artisans mainly use machineries and the other artisans use their own hands, processing the items one by one, dyeing, coating, staining, etc. We work on all kinds of products/materials, exchange ideas with each other to materialize the effect and constantly elaborate on our processes.

There aren’t any textbook instructions with a Porter Classic project because it always pushes you to go against the theories that you’re used to, so it’s always difficult but fun to work on.  Always a challenge though.

なぜ「色変道」に惹かれたのですか? その道の魅力を教えてください。

What attracted you to this craft? What was(is) the appeal?



It’s interesting to see a white product getting color processed here and transforming into a “Porter Classic look.” The development is fascinating.

We’re not a big company so our size limits us from effectively producing in a mass scale, but that’s also the reason we’re able to put time into our work.  

I’m especially drawn to color processed works in which you can sense the artisan behind it.

- 上手に作られた「色変」と上手に作られていない「色変」の違いは何ですか?


Tell us the difference between a “good” color process and a “bad” color process.

(Feel free to change “good” to “skilled” “unrestricted” “genuine” etc.)



There’s always a risk involved with color processing, whether it’s damage, tear, color altering, etc.  First and foremost, overcoming these demerits are very important. 

In addition, if the color process can add a layer or “a narrative” to a new product, you get originality.  With a Porter Classic item the color process gives a distinct characteristic which separates them from other brands.  

作業しやすい格好はどのような格好ですか? 何故ですか?

What’s a comfortable work wear?



We consciously wear white denim coat to look like a group of artisans.  With all the different projects, they all stain differently so it’s fun to see.  

During the summer it gets extremely hot and during the winter it’s very cold here.  I can see my breath, the steams from the machinery fogs up the entire factory, it can be brutal.  Our choice of clothes depends on the temperature here.


Do you have a routine or a set of rules in your craft?


We deal with all sorts of dyes, range of color processing materials, accepting all sorts of projects.  Reproduction assignments, like dyeing the SUPER NYLON series for Porter Classic, is just an example of our work.  Keeping each data for each assignment is as crucial as experience and memory.  We always accumulate our data whether it was a successful process or a failed attempt and use it for future trial and errors.

- PCの「色変」は高いですか?

Is a Porter Classic color process expensive?


Just color dyeing a product isn’t where a Porter Classic project ends, so honestly, it takes time and effort.  Porter Classic fans are very sophisticated.  It is our responsibility to pursue the highest quality and our mission to convince the fans with our skill.


What expression or product by Porter Classic resonates with you?



I wear the CORDUROY items all the time.  I love the deepness of the blue color that the brand is known for.  Lately, I like the SUPER NYLON STRETCH series.  You can enjoy the sportiness of the fabric as well as the expressive color processing which makes it look like a natural fiber instead of a nylon.  It’s quintessential Porter Classic. As usual, the degree of difficulty to achieve this look wasn’t easy…



"Dialogue with an Artisan" Vol. 9

June 8th (Sun) 14:00.