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July 14, 2008
At the recent G8 summit in northern Japan the country leaders and their wives were presented with premium custom made gifts from local Japanese leather goods specialists.
A local saddle maker, who in the past has received requests from the Japanese Imperial Agency and certain middle-eastern royal families, was requested to produce luxury quality leather bags for the country heads and their wives who were in attendance.
The leaders from each of the invited countries received ¥189,000 bags, while the first ladies each received a Boston handbag valued at ¥120,000 apiece.
53 craftsmen worked on the handmade bags which also featured lacquer designs from the local indigenous peoples, the Ainu, making the bags extremely unique and costly.
July 7th, 2008. J-cast