Another fun item I received in my prize pack from Life Imitates Doodles was the super-cute Lihit Lab Smart Fit PuniLabo Zipper Pouch. Ever since adopting a crazy stray from the SPCA, I have a weakness for black cat items like my tape dispenser. He has occasionally made guest appearance on my blog like here and here. What I love about the cat on the case is that it looks like it is holding up its paw like a Japanese maneki-neko, the beckoning cat that is often seen in Japanese and Chinese restaurants for good luck. No one knows exactly when these figurines were first made or their definitive origins, but they go back to at least the 18th century.
The Smart Fit PuniLabo Zipper Pouch is made by a Japanese company, Lihit Lab, based in Osaka. They design and manufacture all sorts of office supplies, but only the PuniLabo pencil cases are cutesy. The company was founded in 1948 during the era when Japan was focused on economic development after the Second World War.
The manufacturer calls it a zipper pouch because you could use it for all sorts of purposes but to me it will be that old school days standby, a pencil case. Since I no longer attend daily classes, the portability of my stationery supplies is no longer a top priority. However, I do find pencil cases handy for when I travel or just to keep my stationery supplies organized. Because it is made of silicone like my Midori pen case, it is easy to clean, which is just as well as it seems to attract lint.
The two-way pink nylon zipper appears sturdy but I haven’t used it enough to know how it will stand up over time. At 19 cm (7 ½ in) long, 11 cm (4.3 in) wide and 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) deep, it is quite spacious. The whole package of Zebra Zensations fountain pens I discussed last week easily fit inside with room to spare. I’m looking forward to packing up my zipper pouch with my favourite stationery items to take on holidays with me.
This zipper pouch would not be a person, it would be a cat that likes to be carried around and strangely doesn’t mind being washed.