Hooked: Goldfish Bags

Leave it to a Japanese artist and his one-man atelier, Iwakiri, to meticulously hand-craft jumbo goldfish as handbags. The verisimilitude is uncanny, down to the individually stitched leather scales. And while goldfish are the best-seller, he creates a variety of animal bags, including turtles, frogs, and other slick-skinned critters.

Apparently each bag takes countless hours to complete. It shows in the price — ¥118,800 (or roughly $1055) for these large versions, slightly less for slightly smaller.

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