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—01. Located in Hokkaido, Japan.

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South 2 West 8 is probably my second favorite Nepenthes production and they've recently updated their website with some photos of their shop in Sapporo. Unfortunately, for most of us visiting Japan, Hokkaido isn't usually on the itinerary. The shop is a bit off the beaten tourist path when it comes to shopping, but it appears it might be worth the effort. Taking the hunting lodge theme to the extreme, the space is filled with all sorts of bits and pieces, as well as loads of great looking product. Nepenthes always do an amazing job with their retail spaces and this shop is no exception.

South 2 West 8

Reader Comments (15)

Stags heads - yawn.

Is it just me or have posts on this site dropped dramatically since the switch in format? Maybe that's what was wanted, but I for one thought that the reader input was one of the things that set this site apart. it's really boring now.
July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Braddock
I have to agree -- what happened??? It does seem like the format change is the point where it occurred, pretty much.
July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChandi
BB: I think a lot of people don't realize you can still post comments and converse. Perhaps you could lead the charge by spreading the word?

I mean I definitely miss the 20+ comment M&S conversations that's for sure.

Not to mention a certain bitter been-there-done-that-invented-that-look New Yorker...
July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.S
I think it would help to see some craft & culture, and not just product. In regards to the post, this interior is terrible - cluttered and kitschy.
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJorden
I would have to agree with you Brian. I'm starting to find myself spending more time on other blogs. What's up Inventory? You gotta start connecting with your fans again. All this mysterious pretentious photos are boring and cliche. Bring back the true essence of what "being cool" is all about again.
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGonnerhea
The blog/updates have always been more geared to news relating to products and shops and more quick moving content. It's been like that since we first started writing and really hasn't changed much in the last 3+ years.
The comments had become counter productive and that's why they aren't quite as easy to find on the new site. If you're looking for needless ignorance and personal attacks through the comments for a stimulating blog read then I'm afraid Inventory isn't going to be the one for you anymore.
If you'd like to see an edited selection of products, places and things we like and think are worthy of note on a daily basis, then this blog isn't that bad.
For more on the craft and culture, please pick up a copy of the magazine where you'll find plenty of depth in a more diverse offering.
Thanks,
RW
July 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterRyan Willms
I agree guys and I'm glad you said it Brian.
Ryan, I think we all recognise that it's easier to get on with the job - and a fine
job it is you do too - without the negativity, but this site is in serious danger of
becoming too po-faced without the reader discussion.
That type of interactivity is what distinguishes online content from the
print format, and its what elevates the posts above advertising.
Any successful online publisher, be it a
newspaper or a blogger, needs to develop a thick skin and an awareness of
where moderation ends and censorship starts. After all, it's your web readers
who are most likely to go out and buy the magazine.
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris
I wanted to buy the second magazine, I picked up the first one from the site, but i was shocked to find that the shipping of 78$ worth of mags was 50$, with no option for slower, cheaper shipping...I dont remember what i paid in shipping for the first edition, but it certainly wasn't 50 dollars. any cheaper option available? ive been thinking of picking it up from one of the many stores that carry inventory, but i wanted a few other periodicals you had as well
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertimothylupinek
p.s. the interior is very appealing. inspired and well executed.
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertimothylupinek
what a bunch of douches. go complain to someone who cares or make a blog talking about meaning in life. this site is amazing along with the wealth of knowledge it provides. keep up the good work fellas!!
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim
Well, there you go. If you want be involved go somewhere else, if you like being told what to buy come here. Ultimately, buy the magazine. Vive la capitalism!
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Braddock
I would also say that, of late, the blog has been more diverse in content than previous "product heavy" versions.

Still it's funny that plenty of people managed to comment on this post, when they found something to hate on or complain about, but not on other posts... it seems like if you're concerned that not enough people are commenting and discussing topics than the best way to fix that issue is to comment and discuss things more? It's not like the content of the blog has changed at all, or the option to comment taken away...
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.S
Oh and for the record I'm not really into the interior if this space either, still it doesn't mean that it shouldn't be included on the blog. Some other blogs have never ending comment sections, but for the most part they involve people discussing the length of time it took them to wear their jeans in, in just the right way...
July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.S
The comments above aren't in relation to the content, but associated with the comments made in my 1st post, which therefore must be more interesting than the post itself.

As reader posts have dropped I don't visit this site as much. I wonder if general hits to the site are down?

The shop looks like a generic Jack Wills, that's been designed by a focus group who know 'what's cool'.
July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Braddock
I think it looked a little better before too, but it's still a very good blog. Also, I think it's a little sad there are not so many posts as before. + I miss the old name h(y)r collective, Inventory sounds boring compared to that. Anyway, I don't miss Ulysses..
July 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterab

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