Declutter your wardrobe in time for Spring

Have you felt depressed in the morning, looking into your closet and trying to figure out how to make out your wardrobe, or what to wear? You are not alone. Around one in ten women in America feel the same way, and a quarter will admit that their closet spaces are completely disorganized.

Many of us have to face a long commute, or a full day ahead of work, so why do we add more stress before even stepping out of the front door? It is time for a change, so in the spirit of Spring or ‘spring cleaning’, we will explore how we can cut down on time for our wardrobes in a 2-post series.

Today, we will look at the Japanese method of cleaning and how we can declutter our wardrobes for a fresh start this season.

You are probably familiar with the term Konmari, from organizing guru Marie Kondo, a popular household name in recent years, where you sort and discard your items based on whether they ‘spark joy’. This idea though comes from a popular concept in Japan related to cleaning, called Danshari (断捨離). In Japanese Kanji, it stands for ‘refuse’, ‘discard’, ‘separate’, but in essence it means to clean and tidy up or purge, of physical and mental excess. And while the term is catching waves in recent years, even danshari is not an new concept and has roots in Zen Buddhism, which teaches to live with more simplistic, meaningful lifestyles. With that in mind, you can apply the danshari to add clarity to your mind and closet space.

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1) You need to take everything out of your closet. Set out your clothes into piles – for example pieces that fit your lifestyle and goals, pieces you don’t fit anymore, pieces you can sell, repurpose or give away. Go through the piles again and apply the konmari method to each of them – does it spark joy? If not, give your appreciation, say goodbye then move on.  

2) Once you have separated what you will not keep and will keep, then it is time to put things back into the closet. Organize your space so your items you wear most often is in easy reach, and most of your items are visible. If you can not see it, then it will be easier to forget and left unworn. Keep seasonal items out of the way in suitcases for convenience or compression bags to save space.

3) Use storage organizational items like hooks, hangers and drawer separators to keep things neat, and organize your closet to colors, styles or categories. Make your closet look warm and welcoming like you are walking into your own little boutique made just for you, so instead of feeling dread when you open your closet, you feel inspired.

Spend one day to give your closet a makeover and give yourself a fresh, positive new lease on Spring. Stay tuned for part 2 next week, how to prevent clutter in your closet through the future choices you make.

How to wear print dresses and what do they convey?

If the little black dress is the staple item for the woman’s wardrobe, tell it to move aside because this year it is time to be bold and empowered with print. You may find it daunting to take the first step into print territory with so many styles and options available on the market. But today we will look at outfit ideas with the most common print patterns you will come across, so you can easily pull together a look for your next work look or day off.

Stripes

Stripes are a chic and simple way to modernize your style. Stripes let people know you are not too flashy or fussy, and that you like keeping it simple and natural. Choose diagonal stripes for a dynamic style which naturally draws your eyes towards it, or vertical stripes to elongate your figure and make you look taller. Don’t think horizontal stripes make you look wider – with the right placement, they are great for accentuating your figure for a full-bodied look. Great on its own or with a simple plain outer, to bring out the print

Florals  

Add color to your wardrobe and express your feminine side with floral prints. Depending on your preference of print style, florals can convey a different side of you! Large floral prints show you are womanly, bold and are not afraid of a little attention! Where as a small floral print can let others see your gentler or more delicate side. With a variety of designs and colors available, the options are endless. If you want to really stand out in the crowd, add a matching colored cardigan to push the color scheme. Or if you want to soften the look, pair with a neutral colored jacket like black.

Geometric prints

Do you want a contemporary look that you can wear to work or on a night out? Then wear a geometric print dress for a pop of contrast that will make you look sharp and draw attention. Tell the world that you are you are chic and modern but you also know how to balance work and play. Set the tone with a sharp contrasting blazer, or you can soften the mood with a simple and neutral-colored top.

Dot print

If you like vintage styles or want to add some whimsy to your look, then the dot print is the one for you. Let others know you can be sweet but fun with dot print. Made iconic by Minnie Mouse, it is another print design that is eye-catching and will bring a dimension of playfulness to your standard plain dress. Versatile and easy to wear to the office or on your day off; you can not go wrong with this print. Wear a comfy jumper or cardigan on top to sweeten your style or play it chic with a blazer or edgy jacket.

2020 is a year of new beginnings and challenges, so start the decade with a clean slate and fresh ideas. Whether you are unsure of your next style, you can always turn to print for inspiration.

Take a look through our extensive range of dresses and be inspired.

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Towards a “Zero waste” future

Taking a step towards a sustainable and ethical future is one that many businesses, especially in the fashion industry face a challenge in. As textile and clothing production remains one of the world’s biggest polluters, more brands are taking responsibility for their impact on the environment and the footprint they leave. For us at kay me, we had been utilizing sustainable, ethical practices for a long time and will share an insider’s look on how we reduce clothing waste before production.

Last month, we were picked up by Fuji TV’s Live News it! in Japan, in a segment focusing on how we are working towards “zero waste” in the Japanese fashion industry.

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Here are some behind-the-scene pictures of the interview with Junko Kemi, the founder and lead designer of kay me, and Fuji TV presenter Saori Ishimoto.

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In this segment, we were able to explain our mission on reducing clothing waste at kay me, through the use of digital applications. Here’s how:

Before production begins, we survey 1000 members on smartphones of 90-100 images of kay me sample clothing. Then, the participants swipe through the images and decide whether they would buy the item or would they not. Participants take about 3 to 5 minutes to go through the images.

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Once the results are collected, the production volume of pieces is adjusted according to the popularity of the item. Designs which do not gather as much responses are kept out of production. In this way, we maintain a consistent cycle of relevant and interesting designs we know our fans will love and take unsold or leftover clothing from the equation completely.

Clothing waste has taken a more serious tone all over the world and in Japan. It is estimated that 1.5 billion items of clothing go unsold every year, leaving a large percentage being sent to landfills or incinerated, and the effects on climate change has not gone unnoticed. Through this initiative towards “zero-waste fashion” and we are proud to be taking the industry further towards a more sustainable, socially conscious future, and driving people to make responsible purchase decisions and we hope you were inspired today.

kay me is high-quality, handmade, sustainable and ethical clothing made in Japan. Take a look through our brand and gorgeous pieces and discover more inspiration.

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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.