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/blogs/itastyle

itastyle

itabag instructionals and information

itaSTYLE: Baseless Rosette Tutorial
itaSTYLE: Baseless Rosette Tutorial

I’m here to explain that other type in this edition of itaSTYLE: How to Make Baseless Rosettes, starring Kizuna Ai! Make sure you read the previous itaSTYLE first.

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itaSTYLE: Hollow Base Rosette Tutorial
itaSTYLE: Hollow Base Rosette Tutorial

There are two common ways to make rosettes. One where you create a hollow base and the other way is baseless. There are pros and cons to each, and in this tutorial I will go over hollow base rosettes!

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itaSTYLE: How to Pick Out and Use Badge Covers
itaSTYLE: How to Pick Out and Use Badge Covers

We’re gonna talk about badge and other merch covers. These puppies let you safely attach your merch to really whatever you want without worry of damage. The future is now, get on with it! We’ll show you how to find merch covers and how to apply them.

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/blogs/inspiration-station

inspiration station

How we make our bags. refuel, decorate, and get inspired!

Inspiration Station: Kacchako Affectuator
Inspiration Station: Kacchako Affectuator

Does this bag look familiar to you? If you said "It's that Kacchako bag", then you're correct! We're gonna go over the infamous Kacchako Affectuator for this Inspiration Station. 

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Inspiration Station: Simple Outside Decorations
Inspiration Station: Simple Outside Decorations

There are many bags, like our Affectuator Backpack and OTB Tote, that come with lace or side mounting points. Observing people with these bags, we noticed one thing: those things are criminally underused! In this short Inspiration Station I’ll go over a really simple decoration I whipped up using $3 worth of materials from Daiso, zip ties, plain printer paper, scissors for creating a trimmed edge and hanging badge covers.

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Inspiration Station: Counting to Ten
Inspiration Station: Counting to Ten

Today, let's go over this black OTB tote bag I decorated, as seen on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. A very rare specimen indeed, as I don't decorate black often. ( ̄︶ ̄;) On this occasion, I found it more befitting than using any other color. If white was available, I would have gone with that option. (•̀o•́)ง Yosh! Let's go.

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/blogs/news

News

Latest deets about the Co-Kan crew and site.

News: The Truth About Co-Kan

The Co-Kan team goes into detail about who we are, what we're doing, and why we're doing it! Also, information about our kickstarter.

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News: October 18th, 2018

Important announcement: Starting Friday October 18th, the daily order cutoff will be moved from 3pm to 12pm (noon). This means that if you order after noon PST, we won't be able to ship it until next day!
Why this change? Sonya and I are a two person team and many of our accessories are made-to-order! We're making this change so that we still have enough time to put care, attention, and detail into everything we make while leaving us enough time to pack & send it to you!

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News: September 10th, 2018

Thank you to everybody who stopped by our booth last weekend at SacAnime! It was a major success, and we plan on attending again in winter as well as expand into other conventions. We tried for an open floorplan and it really worked. We got to meet and chat with a lot of you. Many people had fun sitting at our bench to open blindboxes and decorate their itabags. It was a very good first con and it was worth the preparation.

We've spent the last week cleaning up, recounting stock, and reorganizing the warehouse. Sorry we didn't update you sooner!

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/blogs/miscellaneous

Everything else

Random blogs and staff musings go here!

mō ichi do PLEASE!: Understanding Nakama

Welcome to a brand new blog series: mō ichi do PLEASE! We will discuss nuances, mistranslations, and trivia regarding the Japanese language. In this first post, we’ll go off of our previous Anime Unearthed: Shounen article by explaining “nakama” and how it differs from other words for friendship - you’re gonna need to know this if you wanna become the pirate king or the next hokage!

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Anime Unearthed: Shounen

Welcome to Anime Unearthed! We talk about anime around here. Why? Because we can. We’ll continue where we left off by discussing the simple pleasures in life - shounen anime. Shounen anime is definitely the most prevalent and popular anime group in the west.

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Anime Unearthed: Target Demographics

Welcome to Anime Unearthed - the series where we talk about anime, because why not? For our first post in this series, we’ll start very simple by discussing target demographics.

Target demographics are the lens that we see a genre through - a shounen romance will behave differently than a seinen romance, for example. To make things relatively simple, manga is published in magazines by target demographic. Shounen Jump is a well known example of this.

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