In the modern world of analog Hi-Fi, the discerning music lover requires more than one phono stylus to meet the needs of a diverse and varied collection. From 78 RPM standard play discs to pristine collector’s items to the well-loved (yet less well cared-for) gems of yesteryear, different records benefit from different stylus tip profiles which fit the right size groove, maintain mint condition, or just stay on track so the music can be appreciated.

What to do then, when faced with a deep stable of styli but without the need (or desire) of a dedicated cartridge for each one? To answer this question we collaborated with Hiro Corporation, which has been crafting hand-sewn textile products of the finest quality in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture for the past 80 years, to design a new accessory based around the concept of a pincushion.

The result: Hariyasume, a resting place to hold your needle when exchanging it for a stylus of a different profile. Not only will it provide a location for your off-duty styli to sojourn in luxury, the Hariyasume also brings an artful element of interior design to the home stereo setting.

Example of use

Example of use

Example of use
Interview with Hiro Corporation
What was the most difficult aspect of producting the Hariyasume?

The most challenging and painstaking aspect of producing the Hariyasume was that we had to take the shape of a pincushion, which is traditionally convex, and depress the rounded top to create a flattened disk. A regular pincushion uses a unidirectional stitch, but to achieve the flattened effect required a technique to reverse the stitch half way through the process.

Additionally, although they are handmade, we strive to create a product that doesn’t look it, that is uniform and consistent. That is the mark of craftsmanship, to satisfy our customer to the best of our ability.

Tell us about the process of bringing this product to market.

Many traditional crafts are produced in Kanazawa which are labor-intensive and therefore expensive. In order to broaden the appeal of these traditional Japanese handicrafts to a wider market, the advice of one designer was first to imbue them with a sense of cuteness and excellent quality.

“Don’t start off your pitch by talking about the vast knowledge required for production. The impression the customer has upon first seeing the product is the most important thing, only after that must you explain it is made in Japan if you want the product to be popular world-wide.” These words left a profound impression on us.

We’ve collaborated on various projects with many different types of businesses, but this is the first time working with a company so completely removed from our field of specialty. At first it was difficult to find common ground, but in the end we were extremely happy to be able to bring this product to market. Bringing satisfaction to our customers is for us the greatest pleasure.

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