nendo has designed a new tote bag for ROOTOTE. The ruck-tote's warped pentagon shape shifts its center of gravity forward, so the heavier its contents, the more the wearer can handle the bag like a rucksack carried over one shoulder.
With the bag slightly tilted back and its opening facing up, its contents can be accessed as readily as from a tote bag. Details and the buckle of the shoulder strap mimic those found on backpacks as closely as possible. By contrast, the use of canvas, often associated with totes, allows the hybrid nature of the bag to become not only a functional feature but also a visual characteristic.
Photos: Akihiro Yoshida