After the end of WWII, production began again. The agreement to allow them to export goods out of their country was that they had to mark 50% of all items with "Occupied Japan" or "Made in Occupied Japan." Handmade bags of raffia and, embroidered and beaded items were produced. This labeling was in effect from 1945 until April 25, 1952.
"Made in Japan" was used next. Inexpensive Crochet Raffia, beaded and embroidered Bags were exported.
C00167: Versatile Crochet Raffia Beach tote style bag in a great Orange Sherbet color. Faceted plastic beads adorn the handles. Closes with a gold turn-style latch. Fully lined in floral cotton with one open pocket. Marked "Made in Japan." Spotless unused condition. Measures 11" wide, 4" deep and 10 1/4 inches tall with 5 inch handles. Value $35
After 1955, when labor costs in Europe and the US became too expensive, products were made in Japan for US brands.
Richere Japan: A00604: Charming Richere Japan Aurora Borealis beaded evening bag. The subtle Peach tone and rectangular beaded front panel are quite unusual. The off white satin interior is in spotless condition, with only very slight abrasion to the sheen of the satin. Includes double sided mirror which tucks into the single open pocket. Excellent condition inside and out. Measures 6 1/2 x 1 x 5 1/2 inches with 11 inch handle. SOLD for $55 in 2002
B00338: Exuberant Saffron Yellow beaded pouch bag with shiny white Lucite frame. The beading has a wavy "Yin & Yang" pattern. The all over beading covers handle, gussets and body. The fabric label reads "Walborg Handmade in Japan." A sumptuous white satin interior is fitted for compact and lipstick, one side and has a large open pocket on the other side. The lining shows a few red spots and slight soiling at the very bottom. The body and frame are in excellent condition with no missing beads. There is a single slightly darkened spot near the hinge on one side (see detail.) Simply delightful and a perfect choice with your Lilly Pulitzers. Measures 8 1/4 x 2 x 7 inches. SOLD for $70 in 2004
Many popular styles were reproduced in Japan. US companies, trying to compete in pricing, cut costs by outsourcing. It's not a new concept!
GARY GAIL DALLAS
980505: Gary Gail Dallas Wood Box bag made in Japan in the 60ís in response to the popularity of Enid Collins bags. This one is a charming abstract underwater seahorse design. Some paint wear, otherwise excellent condition. Measures 11 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 6 1/2". SOLD for $50 in 2000