Ateliers Phileas is a brand of luxury leather bags, accessories and stationery, designed and crafted in both Europe and Japan, with a nostalgic style that seems straight out of a Jules Verne novel.
They describe themselves as a collective of eccentric international and multicultural designers and craftsmen. Their collection merges the finest materials available with craftsmanship, Japanese culture and European refinement and will take you back to the golden age of travel.
The name Phileas is inspired by Phileas Fogg the main character in “Around the World in 80 Days” by 19th century writer Jules Verne.
We love the nostalgic style, fantastic materials and workmanship. Their products also happen to include what is possibly the best packaging we have seen in the store.
Their designs strike a fine balance between simplicity and functionality, and because of this and the extremely high quality materials, they are a joy to use and extremely durable.
Ateliers Phileas put a lot of effort in selecting the best materials available, their current range is made from top quality Japanese vegetable-tanned leather and very exclusive Japanese shell cordovan. They will be releasing a "Crafted in Europe" range next year based on high end European leathers.
AP decided to call their Crafted in Japan notebook covers the Yokohama Notebook Cover as a hommage to the city of Yokohama in Japan. Yokohama was one of the first Japanese cities to open for trade with the Western world in 1859 and was actually the first Japanese foreign trading port. Their second product is called the Tokaido Ring Organiser, after the Tōkaidō road, or "eastern sea route," the most important of the Five Routes of the Edo period in Japan, connecting Kyoto to Edo (future Tokyo) and also after the Tokaido Main Line (1889), the first railway connection between Tokyo and Kobe.
Ateliers Phileas are definitely here to stay and that's a good thing, they tell us they have tons of ideas for new products!
See a great video of the Yokohama notebook cover by Job's Journal here, one by Scrively here, Two Mice on My Bookshelf here.
Video review of the Tokaido Ring Planner by Job's Journal here. Another review of the Tokaido (in Chinese) by Bushimen here.