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.

Our Materials

Masterminding change

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.

Recycled lightweight nylon

In 2021, for selected lines, we are introducing a new lightweight and long-lasting recycled nylon that has a soft-touch and is ultra-durable as well as water-resistant. It’s made from post-consumer waste.

Tarpaulin

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 the second half of 2021: 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.

Water-sealed cotton canvas

Premium cotton threads soaked in a synthetic wax, then tightly woven into a heavy-duty, water-resistant canvas. The waxed finish gives an extra layer of protection against the elements and develops a unique patina over time as a testament to your travels.

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.

Vegan Hi-Core

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.

Premium recycled mesh

Our backpacks and luggage feature high-performance mesh screens to seal off the main inner compartments and to keep your contents organised and secured without pressing them down. Starting in 2021 we are using 100% recycled polyester from post-consumer waste.

Ballistic nylon

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.