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!

Romantic White Day outfits

Did you know that Japan has its own answer to Valentine’s Day?

Started in 1978 and now celebrated around Asia, White Day is the opposite to Valentine’s Day, when women in Japan give chocolate to the boys and men in their lives, the following month on March 14th those lucky guys who have received chocolate in February are now expected to return the favor. Typical White Day gifts include white-colored chocolate and sweets such as marshmallows, and even jewellery and small luxury items.

This White Day, we’ve put together some of our favorite ways to wear white – and don’t forget that as kay me is fully machine washable you’ll have nothing to worry about!

Knitwear

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(White knit long skirt, White rib dress, White bijou cardigan, White bijou top)

Soft, luxuriously thick and machine washable, kay me knitwear is woven specially in Japan, and designed to keep you warm and comfortable all day long.

Our stunning range now includes cardigans and knitwear embellished with Swarovski crystals, as well as dresses and our super stretchy long skirt that’s a great choice for travel. Pair our knitwear with simple accessories and jersey dresses in contrasting colors for a bold look, or wear together for a complete outfit.

Suits

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(White ruffle cuff jacket, Lace peplum jacket, White ruffle jacket, White chiffon top)

If you’re in the office on White Day, why not make a subtle nod to the day with our selection of hand-tailored suits in pure white.

Choose from our feminine suit styles featuring ruffled cuffs and collars, layered lace peplum, and pure white layered chiffon top that can be worn with a variety of skirts and trousers. Change up your style by simply pairing a white jacket with one of our original print jersey dresses, and for an effortlessly cohesive look make sure that one of the tones present in the print matching your white jacket.

Accessories

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(White tote bag, Plum i-lace gradation scarf, Pure white silk-wool lace scarf)

Put the finishing touches on your outfit with our original bags and stoles! Our tote bag is the perfect size to fit all your essential items (and much more!), and this pure white finish is also available as a two-way business bag (worn as a backpack or carried in hand) and our popular PC bag with special laptop section and plenty of useful pockets.

Handmade in India, our beautiful stoles can be found in many flattering colors, including our pure white stole with hand-cut lace decoration and I-lace design in plum with individually-dyed lace detailing.

For more outfit inspiration, try filtering our categories by color or shopping by occasion!

New party dresses, from kay me

It’s always time for a special event here at kay me, and we understand that no-one wants to compromise on style, quality or practicality.

That’s why every kay me item is designed and made right here in Japan, produced individually with easy-care materials and created to provide a solution for a variety of situations…

All eyes on you

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Chinoiserie gathered dress

Become your own heroine in our new gorgeous print inspired by ancient Chinese ceramics. The vivid red and blue print is sure to turn heads, while our signature jersey blend keeps you comfortable all day long and well beyond. This side-gathered style is created with hand-placed tucks on one side of the dress to create effortlessly flattering drapes that make the most of your figure.

Wear with: a black jacket for defined style.

A tale of two fabrics

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Flower jacquard flare dress

Classic jersey meets beautifully embroidered jacquard, and this contrast is highlighted by the stylish bias cut of our new A-line dress. The top is our signature jersey, while the skirt is made from a specially washable satin blend that has been painstakingly embroidered with a textured floral design inspired by petals in the moonlight.

Wear with: a kay me stretchy riders jacket to add edge.

Beyond the 9-to-5

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Bow-tie dresses

Need to transition quickly from presentation to party? There’s no need to worry with our new bow-tie dresses, available in black and pale blue. Take advantage of our non-crease materials to stay looking sharp all day, and easily change the look of this dress by swapping a jacket for a cardigan or experiment with wrapping and knotting the scarf-like drapes for a totally different feeling.

Wear with: contrasting jackets to stand out.

Three ways to wear sakura-inspired pink this spring

Spring is on the horizon here in Japan, and we just can’t wait for sunshine and cherry blossom!

This week on the kay me blog we’re celebrating one of our favorite flowers – the ephemeral beauty of sakura’s delicate petals in shades of pink providing inspiration for artists of all kinds throughout the centuries.

In fact, traditional Japanese names for colors reflect the natural beauty of the country, including cherry blossom, peach, and water persimmon. Subtle tones, created by over-dyeing with gray, are referred to as “mouse” colors, and doesn’t sakuranezumi (cherry blossom mouse) have such a unique image?

While we might not have any mice on the kay me team, we’re looking forward to sharing our top pink picks with you…

One: enjoy as a dress

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(Victory pink side gathered, Pink rose cache-coeur, Lovely tassel venus, Pink knit)

We’ve never met a pink dress we didn’t like… and there’s plenty to choose from on our online store! Pink also a reliably popular choice especially in store in Tokyo too, and with spring just around the corner there’s never been a better chance to explore your feminine side.

Choose from striking prints such as our Victory and Lovely Tassel designs, or opt for our thick and soft knit dress to keep you warm and cozy.

kay me stylists recommend pairing these pretty pink dresses with light-colored outerwear for maximum effect.

Two: blush in the office

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(Pale pink ruffle cuff jacket, Pale pink mermaid skirt, Double layer chiffon, Strawberry macaron twist)

Bring pink into your work wardrobe this spring with our beautiful new pale pink suit with mermaid skirt and delicate ruffle cuff jacket design that mimics the look of petals and highlights your every action.

Our pink chiffon and macaron tops are an easy and versatile way to add an extra touch of pink to office outfits, and kay me stylists love pairing these pinks with navy, white and gray for striking looks. kay me founder Junko Kemi even likes to personally recommend pink for occasions when an apology is necessary!

Three: carry useful accessories

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(Pink tassel tote, Pink silk wool, Pink cashmere butterfly)

Add an extra dimension to your outfits with our range of charming accessories, including original bags and hand-made scarves. For spring outings, our tote bag with pink tassel flower print is a great choice (and surprisingly roomy), pair with the matching pouches in three sizes for any occasion.

Narrowing down our selection of stoles exclusively made by expert craftspeople was a challenge for kay me stylists! Here we’ve chosen to highlight our simple pink gradation stole and incredibly soft pure cashmere stole in pink with crystal butterfly design, but don’t forget to check our full selection for scarves for any situation, to protect from the cold as well as damaging UV rays.

Looking for more outfit inspiration? Try filtering our categories by color!

What to wear this week – geometric prints

Here at kay me we pride ourselves on creating versatile items, from dresses to jacket and pretty much everything in between, that can be worn in a variety of different ways and make opening your closet a pleasure.

This week, we tasked kay me stylists to come up with seven different ways to wear our gorgeous new original geometric print dresses, from the work week right through to the weekend. Keep reading for plenty of outfit inspiration…

Monday – Back in the office

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(White geo gathered dress, White cardigan, White tote bag)

The feminine flare of our gathered dress is the perfect partner for our white cardigan with round collar and pockets, and simply add a matching white kay me tote bag for easy office style on Monday morning.

Tuesday – Unexpected visit

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(White geo venus dress, White long cardigan)

Feel calm and collected even when the unexpected happens! Our Venus dress effortlessly creates a beautiful hourglass figure with hand-placed tucks and drapes, and is topped off with our Japan-made long knit cardigan in simple white.

Wednesday – The big presentation

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(White geo venus dress, Collarless black jacket)

Our Venus dress in white geometric print makes another appearance, this time with with our minimalistic black collarless jacket for a sharply tailored and classic style that’s guaranteed to keep all eyes on you as you command the room.

Thursday – Debrief with the boss

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(White geo gathered dress, Gray ruffle jacket)

Hello again to our gathered dress in white this Thursday, and add a feminine touch with our stunning jacket in medium gray wool blend with generously ruffled collar. As with all kay me items, this dress and jacket are both fully machine washable at home!

Friday – Dinner with friends

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(Caramel geo Marilyn dress, White short cardigan)

With a charming flared skirt and pretty bust design, our Marilyn dress in navy and caramel geometric print is a sophisticated choice for Friday, and paired with our short cardigan in contrasting white makes the change from work to dinner an effortless one.

Saturday – Cafe brunch

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(Caramel geo gathered dress, White bijou button cardigan)

We’re still on the go this weekend, and our gathered dress with perfectly placed tucks in caramel and navy looks fabulously elegant when worn with our white cardigan with sparking crystal buttons to instantly elevate any outfit.

Sunday – Errands in the city

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(Caramel geo Marilyn dress, Sepia zip-up)

Finishing the week with our Marilyn dress again, for a chic weekend city look, pair with our sepia zip-up top and simply swap heels for sneakers for a style that’s also incredibly comfortable, the perfect way to round off our week of geometric prints.

Are you feeling inspired by these looks? Don’t forget to tag your style on Instagram with #kayme!

Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is here again, and whether you’re celebrating or not, by your yourself or with others, why not take the opportunity to get a little dressed up for the day?

Our expert team of stylists have specially selected some outfit inspiration for a variety of situations, so you can feel put together and chic no matter the occasion…

What to wear for… an evening stroll

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While the concept of decorating parks, trees and streets with twinkling lights may have started as a Christmas attraction in Tokyo, very often these ‘light-up’ events last well into the new year making for a charming low-key after-dark walk, not to mention a photogenic situation too!

kay me stylists suggest our knit dresses in red and pink, exclusively woven for kay me with extra thick knit to keep out the chill, and give a nod to the traditional colors of Valentine’s day.

For those looking for a more subtle but still feminine touch, stylists recommend our floral jersey dresses with special fleece-lining to keep you extra warm even outdoors.

What to wear for… a dinner out

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If you’re out for dinner at a favorite restaurant, our pretty printed jersey dresses are always a classic choice that can be worn for any special event, from theater trips and exhibitions to posh presentations girls nights out. All our items are machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron, making them a time and stress saver for everyone.

kay me stylists suggest going all-in on floral themes such as our Rose and Candy Red flower patterned prints, or choosing the moonlight mystery of our stunning original Etoile dress.

For a non-patterned option, our Venus dress in striking red is a fabulous choice. Handmade from a single piece of fabric, our Venus dresses are artfully draped and tucked to create an effortless hourglass figure design – become Venus herself!

What to wear for… after-work drinks

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As Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Thursday, perhaps you’ll be heading straight out after work, with no time to change. Not to worry, as kay me is designed with these situations in mind! Founder and CEO Junko Kemi’s background in consulting gave her the perfect insight into the needs of working women, leading her to create versatile clothing that she couldn’t wait to wear.

kay me stylists suggest our ‘docking’ dress with beautiful bold pink frill blouse attached to a classic charcoal gray skirt for a chic way to bring color into your office outfit. Other suit styles include our pretty frill collar jacket and pastel pink suit with mermaid skirt and ruffled cuff detailing.

For a burst of inspiration, try our Victory dress in pink – Junko drew the V-like pattern to represent victory, a lovely story that’s sure inspire.

Wondering what to wear? Take a look at our shop by occasion categories, specially selected by kay me stylists!

Knitwear for winter and beyond

Did you know that all kay me knitwear is specially woven in Japan just for us?

The washable wools that we use have been selected to provide the maximum of warmth and comfort through autumn and winter and into spring, and are thick and soft, perfect for keeping you cozy and comfortable in cold weather.

When the sun shines it’s time to wear fewer layers, but you can still enjoy our knitwear!

This week on the kay me blog, we take a look at some of our favorite knit styles for winter and beyond…

Jacquard knits

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Specially woven for kay me, our original jacquard rose design brings a floral feminine touch to your winter knitwear! A beautifully thick knit, choose from skirts and dresses in classic navy and warm sepia.

Dresses feature a solid top matching with jacquard weave skirt, with a soft round neck and long sleeves. Our knit skirts have a particularly stretchy waistband with a tight-fitting style that pairs wonderfully with our turtlenecks and matching zip up knits.

Bold and bright

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Embrace warmth in color as well as texture with our red and pink knit dresses and tops. A thick and solid knit, our “milano rib” knitwear is fully machine washable and certainly able to keep out the winter chill – wear with our warm underdresses for even more coziness.

Roll up the sleeves of the dresses in warmer weather, and these tops look especially fabulous paired with kay me print jersey dresses when you’re in need of an extra burst of color and vibrancy.

A touch of sparkle

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Last but certainly not least, our cardigans with sparkling buttons and tops with crystal detailing, both using genuine Swarovski jewels. Our cardigans are available in red, white and charcoal gray, and tops can be found in pink, white and charcoal gray too.

Wear our cardigans with everything from matching knit skirts to contrasting solid and print dresses, and simply drape over your shoulders any time you need a touch of warmth and comfort.

Don’t forget that kay me offers free global shipping as standard, so make this your perfect chance to try kay me’s wonderful washable knitwear for yourself!

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.

kay me bags for all situations

Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we know that a bag is one of the final steps to completing your full outfit, ready to face the world.

While we might not have the perfect answer to the debate of matching your shoes to your bag (stylishly chic or too matchy-matchy?), we asked our team of stylists for their ideas for selecting our original made-in-Japan kay me bags for different situations.

Don’t forget that kay me bags are cruelty-free and specially designed for busy days – what’s not to love?

Daily commute

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Our two-way business bag can be carried either as a backpack or held by the top straps, making it a great choice for those with plenty of items to carry with them. If a longer shoulder strap is preferable, our PC bag is the perfect choice. Both PC and two-way business bags feature zip closures with extra-wide mouths, built-in laptop sleeve and plenty of useful internal and external pockets.

Wear with… kay me’s machine washable stretchy suit separates for a variety of professional and polished looks.

Creating contrast

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Sometimes we like our bag to make a bold statement, and with kay me’s range of rich colors, there’s sure to be a bag that catches your eye. Choose from our abstract floral-inspired Tassel print on soft neoprene in two tones, as well as our bright red (a particular favorite in Tokyo!) and metallic silver bags, all available as surprisingly spacious compact tote bags, business bags, pouches and small essentials cases too.

Wear with… everything from sharp tailoring to relaxed knitwear.

Matching tones

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Calling all color-coordinators! The simplest way to create a cohesive outfit is to pick one color from your clothing and choose a bag in the same shade, such as our red bag and cardigan with Swarovski crystal buttons. Change things up by going for a similar tone, like our silver bag and charcoal gray cardigan, or pick out two colors from our Tassel print, off-white and gray, as the elements of your outfit.

Wear with… matching Japan-made knitwear, naturally! Try our selected cashmere scarves for even more possibilities.