Exploring… Water Mirror

Have you seen our stunning Water Mirror print yet?

Keep reading to find our more about our new original print mini-collection…

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New for autumn 2019, our Water Mirror print is inspired by the beauty of light reflections on water. A striking print that’s just as easy to wear in both cooler and warmer months, let Water Mirror effortlessly create a striking impression.

Made with over 30 different colors, this print was hand-painted specially for kay me by our print design team working in London. Broad brushstroke-like swirls of paint create an almost hypnotic effect that draws you into the artwork and leaves you feeling refreshed and energetic.

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Enjoy a variety of outfit options, as recommend by our stylists: choose one color from the print and pair with a matching item; select one color and wear with items from the same color range; or coordinate with complementary color items.

Our Water Mirror dresses are available in two different fabric choices and three dress styles.

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First, our long-length Marilyn dress in light and airy stretch chiffon is made for special occasions! Perfect for poolside vacations and glamorous evenings, this maxi-length style adds an extra sway to your step with the gentle sweep of chiffon. Crease-resistant, this dress will look beautiful no matter long it spends in your suitcase.

Our two jersey dresses are also a pleasure to wear, available in our stunning Venus and Ribbon patterns. Our Venus dress takes an expert hand for its complex construction, with each dress taking over 70 hand-placed tucks and drapes to create the full 360 degree effect.

Our Ribbon dress features a dramatic twist at the bustline, creating a beautifully flattering effect. Our Ribbon dress also features handy pockets, perfect for daily essentials.

To learn more about our Water Mirror collection, click here.

Custom order refresh!

We’re happy to announce that our selection of prints and solid color jersey fabrics for our custom order service has been expanded!

By popular demand, kay me’s custom order dresses are now available in nine solid color jerseys, and ten of our original one-of-a-kind prints.

Prints include our pretty florals, such as Navy Rose, Petit Navy and Candy Red, and our solid colors on offer now include bright cherry pink, saxe blue and rich purple grape.

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Select your perfect combination of pattern and fabric – will you choose our fit-and-flare Marilyn dress, flattering gathered dress or kay me classic Venus dress?

Our custom order process remains the same: simply choose your desired dress pattern from the nine on offer, size, skirt length, sleeve length and finally print/color fabric, and our skilled team of expert craftspeople will make your dream dress to order in just a few weeks.

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Prices are set no matter which print or size you choose, and naturally custom order dresses also benefit from our fantastic free global shipping offer.

Become your own kay me designer today, and don’t forget to share the results using #kayme on Instagram!

New generation bags from kay me

Have you met our two stylish new bags yet?

After the launch of our wonderful line of original Japan-made bags last year, we’ve updated and expanded our line for 2019 and beyond…

Two-way business bag 2.0

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Reimagined and redesigned after extensive testing and feedback, our business bag 2.0 features even more storage and functionality than before, making for a bag that’s a genuine pleasure to use.

Highlighted features include:

1. Quick adjust shoulder straps that can easily be crossed over, or removed entirely

2. Zipped back pocket designed to fit suitcase handles, perfect for travel

3. Extra-wide opening and secure laptop pocket

4. New mini pocket for pens and other delicate items

5. Extra buckle holes for fine-tuned strap adjustments

Available in two new colors, champagne gold and black, as well as navy, taupe, red and silver, our two-way business bags are made with both style and functionality in mind. A fusion of practicality and expert Japanese craftsmanship, our bags have been designed with you in mind – as with all kay me items!

See more about our new business bags here.

29 Pocket Wallet Bag

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A personal favorite of kay me designer and founder Junko Kemi, our new wallet bag has been designed to her exact specifications, and was inspired by her needs as a businesswomen and frequent traveller.

Individually made by hand in Tokyo, our 29 pocket wallet bag is a feat of beautiful craft and functionality – this includes pockets for four different business cards, passport pocket, 14 card pockets, two different IC/smart card holders, and back pocket for easy access to smartphones and other essentials.

This bag is available in eight colors that pair seamlessly with the existing kay me bag range, as well as a logo-free black version for particularly formal occasions.

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To see more about the extensive manufacturing process behind our 29 pocket wallet bag, read the special feature page here, and for more information about this small but might bag, including styling advice and uses, take a look at our 29 pocket wallet bag collection page here.

Print story – Aquarium

Hi everyone! It’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team, here again to tell you all about our beautiful original prints.

Today I’ve chosen to highlight our stunning Aquarium print…

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In spring and summer, we love to wear lots of prints! It’s a great chance to explore wearing lots of different colors and styles. I think our new print is perfect for this exciting season.

Since the launch of kay me, we’ve been collaborating with our special partners in London to create stunning unique print designs that are just as individual and stylish as our customers.

I love designs that look like wearable art, it’s so inspirational and I just love looking at them.

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Our Aquarium print is perfect for early summer, and really captures the beautiful light of this time of year. We chose to create this stunning aqua blue color, the perfect match for our flowing Marilyn dress in light and airy chiffon.

kay me’s chiffon is comfortable against the skin, with a moderate amount of sheerness (of course there’s an inner layer to this dress!), and is wonderfully stretchy. Finding stretch chiffon is actually quite rare, so we’re really happy with our selection.

Every time I see this dress, I think it’s more and more beautiful!

It’s especially enchanting when the chiffon catches the light and sways as you move…

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As well as a long dress, we have also used this fabric to make our regular length Marilyn dress too, for a slightly more toned-down look.

Which length do you prefer? I can’t decide!

Until next time… Yuko.

Print story – new spring florals

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier!

The weather is warming up here in Tokyo, especially around my home, and I can see beautiful cherry blossom every day. It’s also lit up at night and looks so enchanting – I just have to take a detour on the way back from the station!

Let’s get into the spring mood with our beautiful florals! Our new flower print is really popular already…

I think kay me’s florals are so much fun to wear and coordinate, with monotone styles and abstract graphics too.

Our new floral print really captures the essence of spring, it’s a gorgeous design inspired by British flower gardens that Junko Kemi fell in love with on her trip to London.

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As usual, the most important part for me is color development. The first thing I decided was the name, “lovely pink” so of course the color had to match! Rather than a solid tone, the pink and white background gives a more three-dimensional effect, perfect for our gather dress.

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Next up is green, “fresh lime”. This time we chose orange and black to contrast with the green and keep a little sweetness to the flowers, and looks great in our daily dress style.

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Finally, our yellow design, which was actually the most difficult to develop! The impression can vary considerably depending on the tone and color combinations. We tried various shades, changing the color of the flowers from orange to pink and purple, before settling on the best combination that also looks great against the skin. Our “dramatic yellow” is the perfect partner for our flowing Marilyn dress!

I’m looking forward to enjoying spring every day when I wear these dresses!

Until next time… Yuko.

Spring styling from the kay me team

The whole kay me team is getting ready for spring, and with this exciting season fast approaching, we’re in the mood to change up our style as well!

For today’s kay me blog, we asked three members of the kay me team at our headquarters in Tokyo about their styling inspiration for spring – keep reading to learn more about what we’ll be wearing…

Yuko (production team) – “I want to wear… bright colors and i-line dresses”

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(Royal blue cache-coeur, Victory blue daily, Navy v-neck i-line)

As head of production, Yuko is known for her fantastic sense of style (and we’ve never seen her repeat the same outfit twice!). This spring, she’s selected bright colors to channel the energy of the season and reflect the beautiful flowers that burst into bloom. Our I-line dresses are a popular silhouette this year in Japan, and are available in solid colors that are the perfect choice for busy work days.

Borrow Yuko’s style with our versatile jersey dresses in solid colors and prints.

Don’t forget to keep up to date with our development stories from Yuko!

Ikue (IT team) – “I want to wear… 3/4 sleeves and knitwear”

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(Mosaic knit dress & cardigan, Navy knit dress, Blue knit dress)

More than handy with an Excel file, Ikue is also an excellent problem solver and brings this logic to her versatile workwear too. Choosing 3/4 sleeve knitwear, Ikue knows she can wear these dresses in a variety of ways for work and weekends, and with our fully machine washable knitwear there’s no need to worry about dry cleaning. Pair with matching and contrasting cardigans for an effortless look that goes well beyond the 9-to-5.

Borrow Ikue’s style with our jacquard knit dresses and matching cardigans.

If you’d like to change up your work wardrobe, take a look at Ikue’s blog post for expert advice.

Reiko (web team) – “ I want to wear… flower prints and pastels”

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(Lavender flight dress, Baby blue soft hoodie, Lavender soft hoodie)

You can usually find Reiko surrounded by a certain relaxed cartoon bear (her favorite cute character), and as kay me founder Junko Kemi’s sister, she’s been part of the kay me story since the very beginning. A big fan of casual styles, this spring she’s chosen to highlight our floral prints and soft hoodies for elegant travel style that doesn’t compromise on comfort or quality.

Borrow Reiko’s style with our vacation-ready long dress and soft hoodies.

You can also find Reiko on our team coordinates page!

Design story – kay me underdresses

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team!

This time I’m here to tell you all about our wonderful underdresses

Did you know that underdresses have been our most popular items this winter? Although they may be overlooked by some, wearing a foundation garment like an underdress is so important to our overall look.

Underdresses are perfect for wearing under regular kay me dresses and skirt outfits to parties, on resort vacations and even under suits.

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Our best-selling underdress this season has been our new version with slightly longer sleeves. I wanted to make a stylish underdress that also made it easy to take measures against the cold. This underdress is your strong ally! Not only warm and soft to the touch, but our underdresses also offer a mild hugging effect that gently envelops the body and provides a smooth shape under any dress.

The elbow-length sleeves of this design have been specially made to allow for easy movement and no bunching at the elbow, with a wide neck to wear easily under other tops and dresses.

For maximum functionality, the top and skirt of our underdresses are made using different materials: the top is incredibly stretchy and comfortable, while the skirt portion provides more support and a smoothing effect that creates a beautiful body-line without feeling too tight or constricting.

These underdresses are a great choice all the way through autumn and winter into spring. Just wash and wear!

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Our underdresses with elbow-length sleeves are available in charcoal gray and beige, and don’t forget that we also have a lovely variety of other styles of underdress to choose from! Find the perfect complement to your outfit today!

Until next time… Yuko.

Introducing… Team coordinates, from kay me

Have you seen our new page? Visitors to the new kay me home page may have noticed a new section – team coordinates.

Featuring three key members of the kay me team, including founder and lead designer Junko Kemi, the team coordinates showcase the variety of ways to wear kay me through the week.

Enjoy a few examples…

Junko – TUESDAY: LECTURING

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Today, I have some consulting work.

I’m getting to the stage in my life when I am looking for sophistication as well as professionalism when choosing the perfect suit! This stretchy Lace Peplum Suit allows me to attend business seminars with elegance and grace.

The pale-tone lilac color is soft and pairs beautifully well with black, navy, gray, white, and an array of colors with ease.

Nick – NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

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Strong colors always inspire me, and nothing more so than a powerful blue. Blue reminds me of the ocean and sky – both seemingly limitless, a feeling I want to drive and inspire me through the beginning of a new year.

We all set resolutions in January, but 70% are broken within a month.

Adding a powerful-feeling Riders Jacket to the look gives the extra strength to carry on those resolutions into February and beyond. Our White Tassel Tote Bag stands out in contrast to the two tone setup on dress and jacket – this look is all about ‘feeling on top of the world’.

Hiroko – FRIDAY BUSINESS PARTY

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I attended a party Friday night at the embassy, a small gathering that I was invited to by a few close connections.

This Rose Jersey Dress gives the impression of an elegant yet approachable heroine, which gave me the opportunity to speak freely with many of the guests. I was able to make more contacts, even some that will open doors to new opportunities.

On cold nights like that evening, the Elegant Trench Coat not only keeps me warm but also adds a touch of luxury to my ensemble.

Discover more team coordinates here.

Print story – rose

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team here again to share with you the story behind our beautiful original rose print.

You may have seen that our lovely new rose print was released back at the end of October – it’s always so exciting for me to see the whole process through from design and development to testing and photoshoots and finally release to our wonderful customers.

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(Navy rose gathered dress, Navy rose venus dress, Pink rose cache-coeur dress, Pink rose shell dress)

Isn’t our rose print so pretty?

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Roses are a popular motif here at kay me, and this print was specially hand-painted for us by a design team in London. These roses are so elegant!

Of course, I had to think about the balance of the print on the dress… if the print is too large, the balance is off and the final dress will look a little strange. So, a smaller print is better in this case.

This time we also chose to produce our rose print in two colors, navy and pink.

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Here you can see some of the subtle differences between the navy print samples.

Which one would you choose?

We finally chose a slightly glossy finish to our print – the reverse of the fabric has a light fleece coating to keep you warm all winter long!

The ambience of our pink version is a little different to the navy, but of course still grown-up and glamorous. This is one of my favorite ways to wear floral prints!

Did you know that this hand-painted rose also inspired our knit version too?

Our knit jacquard is specially produced for kay me in Niigata, northern Japan, and is available in two colors (navy and sepia) as both a dress and skirt.

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(Navy rose knit dress, Sepia rose knit dress, Navy rose knit skirt, Sepia rose knit skirt)

Until next time… Yuko.