Our Quality Promise
Going the extra mile for truly sustainable choices
With each of our travel staples we take travel towards a greener future. We’re disruptors at heart: we not only apply the highest standards of German engineering and rigorous testing methods but work with the most creative developers and manufacturers around the world. Driven by our claim Let’s Go. Further. we keep pushing boundaries every step of the way.
Fabric innovation is a true passion of ours. We go beyond carefully considering the quality of our materials, and only rely on those bringing us closer to a world driven by circularity. That’s our way of ensuring that your travel companions look sleek, stand the test of time, and are made responsibly at the same time.
Circle One will feature BioX: our patented hard shell innovation made from flax. Suspended in a bio-based support matrix, it will have a much higher tensile strength than polycarbonate. This will make it lighter than aluminium, longer-lasting than polycarbonate, and greener than any of its competitors. The Circle One will be complete with seed and nutshell-infused handles and a magnesium telescope. Stay tuned for future updates.
Tarpaulin is a heavy-duty flexible composite textile made from synthetic yarns that are thermo-laminated. We are in the testing stage of a newly developed sustainable alternative that is set to launch in 2022: 100% recycled, its production will save up to 60% of wastewater and 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. For its durability, and our Gion range’s eminent quality in particular, we will know no compromises.
Recycled aerospace-grade polycarbonate
For both durability and sustainability our luggage’s signature hardshell consists of the perfect blend of virgin and recycled polycarbonate. Our way of spearheading responsible practices here: We only use our own recycled content in a strict closed-loop system which sees no strength degradation of the material. But we have more good news: Through this process none of our polycarbonate will ever see a landfill.
Often used in high-end sportswear, our signature fabric is waterproof, UV-resistant, incredibly durable, and 100% animal-friendly. It is more flexible and softer to the touch than tarpaulin, but will still withstand even the harshest of conditions. The water and any other additives used in the manufacturing process are continuously recycled in a closed loop.
Recycled water resistant lining
Most of our products feature a high-density water resistant lining. Our coated lining is liquid-repelling which minimises the risk of leaks and spills soaking through. We don’t advise you to wash this fabric in a washing machine as this would remove its waterproof coating. Starting in 2021 we are using 100% recycled polyester from post-consumer waste.
Our water-resistant ballistic nylon was engineered by a global team of material scientists. It’s the kind of material that is used to make flak jackets and bulletproof vests. Therefore waterproof when paired with our hydrophobic lining, its high-denier and tight weave ensure ultimate durability and abrasion-resistance. This means your Kōenji products will protect your belongings no matter what you throw at it.
100% organic FairTrade Cotton
We are dedicated to sustainable and ethical fashion production, so our cotton is 100% organic and FairTrade approved. Our Travel Hoodie is crafted using an innovative new textile made from natural fibres of jade and coffee charcoal. The result is a dye-free garment, made in Europe, that dries quickly and controls moisture, ensuring you stay comfortable as you travel from one climate to the next.