Model: My Neighbor Totoro two-way bags, backpacks, totes, pouches, and wallets
Release Date: December 10
Price: ¥18,150 - ¥47,300
Editor's Notes: Hayao Miyazaki has come back, all is well with the world. The Studio Ghibli founder is apparently unretiring once again — by sheer coincidence, PORTER is releasing a selection of bags and accessories that honor My Neighbor Totoro, Ghibli's seminal 1993 animated film.
Like I said, the timing of this Totoro collab is pure coincidence, rather than a tie-in to Miyazaki's unretirement or the ongoing Ghiblifest in America. Still, it's pretty fortuitous.
Miyazaki has been pretty off-and-on with his retirement status, first announcing it in 2013, then coming back to help on How Do You Live? in 2016 before going on another hiatus.
The 80-year-old is apparently back for good now, though.
Meanwhile, venerable Japanese bag brand PORTER is prepping the aforementioned Totoro-themed items, which range from convertible backpacks to strappy wallets.
But the Totoro pieces may be PORTER's best of the year, reimagining the markings on the eponymous critter's fuzzy belly as teddy fleece pockets and panels atop its signature nylon carryalls, some of which can be removed and utilized as standalone pouches.
Inside, the reference is made extra clear by a thematic print of Totoro's forest home, matching the bags' olive-toned nylon exteriors.
All of the cute bags as useful as anything that PORTER's ever done before, ensuring they'll enjoy the same longevity as any of Miyazaki's best films.