OUR STORY

Tools for Nomads™

As creative professionals, our office has to fit in a bag. In the course of one day, we might be working on a plane, a train, a cafe, and a park bench before ending up at our office or studio. Working this way requires the right tools, and frankly, the cheap, predictable supplies from the bloated superstores weren’t helping us and weren’t inspiring us. And buying products that would one day likely end up in a landfill didn’t seem right. We longed for the days our grandparents knew, when a person could buy a good tool that would last a lifetime and might even be passed down to the next generation.

At Kolo Topdrawer, we offer products curated from around the world, tools you’ll only need to buy once, that will help you do your best work wherever you are. Our tools revolve around four core activities in a creative mobile life: working, photographing, eating, and traveling.

Our history

We are a Japanese-American manufacturer and retailer offering tools for creative professionals, but we started out as two companies. Topdrawer was the boutique division of Itoya, the iconic Japanese stationery retailer. Kolo was the American premium manufacturer and one of the most important brands in Topdrawer stores. It was a match made in heaven. After “dating each other” for about 12 years, we tied the knot. Our team of working nomads is spread out in Boston, San Francisco, and Tokyo.

Visit us in store

Thank you for visiting our online home. We hope to see you in our stores in San Francisco, Boston, Tokyo, and Osaka sometime soon. Look for our newest and second San Francisco location to open in June 2017 on 980 Valencia Street in The Mission District.