2020 Resolution – Conscious Fashion

The first month of January is soon coming to a close and still lies a long year ahead in the world of the fashion industry. While fast fashion still remains as the go-to option for many, more light is continually shed on its effects on the environment, and people have taken notice. This year for 2020, women have chosen to be more conscious and savvy with their purchase decisions, and are shifting their focus away from fast fashion.  All of which, is paving way for another trend on the rise – sustainable fashion.

We at kay me love supporting ethical fashion, and our pieces are no exception. Take a closer look at how kay me supports ethical, sustainable fashion through our products.

It can be a difficult decision to make whether or not to buy products made at the expense of an animal for fashion. However at kay me, we made that decision clear; from day one, our line of products are made with cruelty free and ethical practices and include no animal products at all. Our bags are made using a premium, 100% vegan leather, put together by highly-skilled local Japanese artisans who ensure the top-level quality and finish to each bag. Scroll through our line of vegan bags and wallets.

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While Japan is a treasure cove of beautiful crafts, design and culture, however the very traditions which propelled Japan into cultural recognition worldwide, is being carried on by a handful of craftsmen and small local businesses. kay me is driven to ensure local practices and traditions continue for many generations to come and we enlist local expert artisans in the making of our clothing, from fabric-dying, embroidery to hand-stitching and sewing.

 

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Know that standing out in kay me, is standing up proud for small trades and keeping traditions alive. Explore our range of dresses, knits and stoles, or learn a little more about the kay me background here.


We are proud that we, and other brands have taken the step towards creating a fashion industry with a more positive, sustainable future. We hope you are inspired this year to make more conscious purchase decisions, support local craft and businesses and share our love for our ethical fashion.

 

2020 Resolutions: More ‘Me’ time, less hassle

From the kay me team in Tokyo, we are hoping everyone is having a wonderful January so far. With New Year’s passing and winter at its peak, the city never sleeps and life continues to course through the bustling streets of Tokyo. It can be a taxing period, with many are getting back to work and the cold temperature slowing us down, but we continue to look up, push forward and not let the surrounding conditions bring us down. We know our kay me fans are busy women, and today we have an exciting new piece for you all – the 1-second suit setup.

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For those of you who are busy on your feet and stressed for time, this amazing but deceptive number will have you looking effortless and polished in an instant. Mornings can be slow and tough. No longer will you need to spend a second of your time worrying about what to wear.


This suit setup dress features soft delicate gathering detail to accentuate your figure and a sharp V-neckline to send a message that you mean business, an all-in-one style package.

Easy to mix and match with a suit jacket, stretchy, machine washable and made using our high-performance fabric, this dress is made to last and bring you all-day comfort and style. Forget about ironing and washing your work outfit for the next day, because this dress will have you covered. It is time you kick up your feet, enjoy a glass of wine and focus on ‘Me’.


For more professional and sleek pieces focused on saving you more time, check out our Suits setups collection here.


At kay me, we are committed to bring the most elegant, luxurious yet comfortable and efficient pieces with you – our fans in mind. This year we hope to inspire, empower and drive ambitious women further; to raise your heads high and look forward to the year to come. Join us on another exciting year and journey with kay me.

kay me’s best of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, and with 2020 just around the corner, we’re taking the time to look back at the past year here on the kay me blog…

We’ve chosen a small selection of our favorite posts from the past year and hope that you’ll find something new that excites and inspires.

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A kay me rainbow – Pick your favorite color (or more than just one!) and become part of our fantastic kay me rainbow of dresses!

Discover the beauty of ryukyu binagta – Take an in-depth look at our gorgeous prints inspired by Japan’s southernmost islands, and see how these traditional designs are painstakingly made by hand.

Celebrating the colors of Japan – spring and summer – We take a peek at the beautiful colors of nature that surround us here in Japan, with plenty of floral inspiration every day.

Three ways to wear sakura-inspired pink – What could be prettier than soft pink cherry blossom? The symbol of spring, kay me stylists create versatile looks inspired by these delicate and fleeting blooms.

New generation bags – With our second generation two-way business bag and original 29 pocket wallet bag both launched this year, make sure to get the inside scoop on our beautiful new bags.

Dark colors for summer – One of our post popular posts this year, we showcase our summer-ready dresses in navy and black colors for those who prefer their warm weather palette on the dark side.

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Don’t forget that we offer year-round free global shipping as standard, so take your chance to discover your new favorite kay me items!

kay me’s elegant winter coats

As the days get chillier, it’s time to think about the most important item of your winter wardrobe: the coat.

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Worn every day and seen by everyone, there’s no need for dull and boring outerwear – winter is your opportunity to wear a coat you absolutely love!

Here at kay me, we’ve reworked our best-selling elegant trench coats for 2019 and produced two beautiful colors for the season.

Our new coats feature all the stylish detail that makes them so original and such a hit here in Tokyo and beyond.

Taking elements from a classic trench coat and combining with the beauty of a wool-blend fabric, our coats are the perfect combination of style and practicality.

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With a full A-line skirt that sways with every step, you’re sure to turn heads!

Be the envy of all around with the stylish touches that make a kay me coat a timeless investment: the storm-shield and gun flap provide practical protection as well as a timeless military-inspired flair.

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kay me stylists suggest pairing our coats with print dresses in matching and contrasting colors, especially our retro-cute Kings Road print series.

Naturally, our coats also look fantastic with solid color items and suits, lending an extra special elegance to outfits of every day of the week.

Discover our more from our gorgeous coat collection here.

Red dresses for day and night

Is there anything more striking than a red dress?

A guaranteed pick-me-up on any day of the week, take the plunge with our selection of red dresses in solid colors, original prints and knits, and see how the power of red brings a smile to your face.

kay me stylists have selected their top picks of our fully machine-washable Japan-made red dresses, and don’t forget that we offer free global shipping as standard too!

Solid color

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Our solid color dresses are made from best-quality jersey blends that have been chosen for their rich tones, hardwearing nature and beautiful drape.

We’re on a mission to constantly improve and refine our designs, and each and every dress is the result of years of hard work from our atelier team as well as the expert craftspeople who hand-craft each and every kay me item here in Japan.

Choose red dresses in our signature gathered, Venus and cache-coeur styles, as well as our new loose-fitting red v-neck dress – pair with a kay me stretch waist belt to instantly change up your look.

Prints

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Here at kay me, we like to think that we’re known for our original prints that are created specially for us by our partner design studio in London and finalized by our in-house team.

Explore our beautiful range of prints with our gorgeous Chinoiserie dress, complemented by the dramatic gathers of the dress pattern design, our hand-drawn floral Crayon Berry with fruits and flowers, geometric red Tricolor and autumnal Rice Shower print, both with hidden kay me logo for super-fans to enjoy.

Knits

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Our super thick soft knits are perfect for chilly weather, and being fully machine washable means less hassle and more time for you to enjoy the more important things in life.

Our two red knit dresses feature wrist-length sleeves and pretty A-line skirts, with both v-neck and shallow round neck options. Expert panel lines create figure-flattering shape and structure, while the knit itself effortlessly skims the body.

kay me stylists suggest pairing with matching cardigans or our stretchy faux-leather riders jackets.

See even more red dresses on our category page when you filter by color!

Sweet Potato and Black Olive

Take a look at our delicious knit dresses – they’re good enough to eat!

Here at kay me HQ, we’re particularly proud of our fantastic knitwear. Made specially for kay me in Kanazawa, coastal Japan, our knitwear is fully machine-washable, thick and soft with a beautiful drape.

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For the autumn season, we’ve created two knit dresses that are perfect for everything from special occasions to weekends out and about.

Made from naturally-derived materials, our signature knit blend has a silky luster and comfortable mid-weight feel that effortlessly creates a charming silhouette.

A flare A-line skirt complements the cross-weave design of the bust, a classic shape and incredibly flattering design.

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Our knit dress is available in both rich purple Sweet Potato and subtle but striking Black Olive colors, and kay me stylists suggest pairing our Sweet Potato with neutrals, such as white knitwear for evening events and our fabulous stretchy riders jackets for a cool edge.

For work, try our Black Olive dress with a contrasting pastel jacket to stand out from the crowd while maintaining your professional look, or our bold red cardigan with Swarovski crystal buttons for a cute touch on a chilly day.

See more kay me Japan-made knitwear here.

Winter flowers in Japan

While winter might be the season of snow, skiing and cozying up under kotatsu (Japanese heated table with blanket), here at kay me we’re hard at work preparing for the next year ahead and enjoying the beautiful nature that surrounds us in Japan.

Cherry blossom is emblematic of spring, but don’t forget that winter has its own share of beautiful blooms and pretty petals too!

Today, kay me stylists pick their favorite winter flowers and provide a selection matching dresses for a subtle taste of the beauty of Japan…

Camellia (tsubaki)

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With stunning petals in shades of red and pink, camellia flowers bring a much-needed burst of color to the winter landscape.

Our Tsubaki dresses are of course the perfect match! With a pretty camellia print in both red and blue, pair these dresses with simple but striking accessories for special occasions. For even more color, explore our solid color jersey dresses in rich reds and pinks.

Ginkgo (icho)

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One of our favorite signs of late autumn, the brilliant gold of gingko leaves creates a living carpet of leaves across the city as we say farewell to fall.

Capture the glow of gingko with our dresses in yellow floral prints, and wear with contrasting knitwear to stay warm all season long. Our silk dress in warm gold creates a stunning impression, and our patented washable silk means there’s no need to worry about dry-cleaning and more time to enjoy your special events.

Maple trees (momiji)

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The last signs of the gorgeous autumn foliage are still with us, and something that we look forward to every year.

Bring the warmth and color of maple leaves into you wardrobe with our charming Rice Shower series in red and green, as well as our solid color jersey dresses in suitably leaf-like orange. kay me stylists suggest pairing these dresses with with knits and outerwear in black and beige tones for an extra fall feeling even in the middle of winter.

Plum blossom (ume)

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The early cousin of cherry blossom, plum blossom’s gentle rounded petals let us know that spring is near and sure to grace us again soon.

For a true taste of traditional Japanese style, our 100% pure silk jersey Hana Asagi dress with shell-like bust design brings to mind delicate flowers against a cool winter sky. For a nod to the lovely variations of colors that plum blossom can be found in, take a look at our range of pink and purple dresses, from dark to light, and pair with matching kay me select stoles for a look that effortlessly channels the soft yet stark contrasts of plum blossom.

For more original florals and more, explore our print collectionsand don’t forget, kay me offers free global shipping as standard!

What to wear with a navy jacket

A wonderful wardrobe workhorse, a classic navy jacket will last for many years without going out of style. We’re also proud of our expert hand-tailored and crafted jackets, made from heard-wearing fabric blends that are stretchy, machine-washable and crease-resistant, making them an excellent choice for commuting, business travel and long days in the office.

Keep reading for outfit inspiration from the kay me stylist team…

Tailored

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A true icon, our tailored jacket in navy is consistently one of the most popular items, and a particular hit with our regular Tokyo store visitors. Featuring a notched collar and handy pockets, with a perfectly shaped silhouette, this jacket is adds instant elegance to any situation.

With a matching navy dress: keep it simple by sticking with another classic, such as our navy dress. Don’t worry about a subtle difference in shade or texture, as long as the look is intentional.

With a print docking dress: match your jacket with the skirt or print of one of our docking dresses, and you’ll be out the door in a chic outfit in no time at all!

Collarless

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Our collarless navy jacket looks just as stylish buttoned up as undone, and the crisp lines add extra dimension to any any outfit. Notched cuffs look effortlessly cool when folded back, and subtle flare of this design creates a beautiful balance between masculine and feminine.

With a contrasting color dress: a dress in a complementary neutral is a great alternative to one in a matching color. Our beige dress seen here provides an excellent base, and keeps all eyes on you.

With a print dress: pair with a printed dress that contains a touch of navy for an easy work outfit that’s still fun and fresh. Match your mood to your print for an extra energy boost.

Bolero

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For the smart look of a suit jacket with all the comfort of a cardigan, our bolero jacket in navy makes a stylish statement. Specially designed to pair with kay me dresses and skirts, the slight crop length creates a figure-flattering shape, while the collar lines call to mind the beauty of Japanese kimono.

With a contrasting shell dress: wear with cool grays to highlight differences in tone, and keep the outfit cohesive by adding matching accessories.

With a matching Shoulder Venus dress: use the charming shoulder detail of this dress to add extra interest – just a hint of the gathered drapes will be seen under the jacket – creating a formal look with extra depth.

For more work-ready jacket styles and colors, take a look at our suits category.

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.