Winter Outfit Layering Tips, kay me Style

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s all about keeping warm and cosy! Staying chic and work appropriate is often a concern for women here in Tokyo as well as overseas – but kay me is here to help with our quality fabrics that are comfortable and easy to care for, wonderful for a stress-free winter.

Let kay me guide you on how to layer up this winter for work days without compromising on style or comfort…

Step One: Warm Underdress

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Start with a good foundation – a base layer is key for keeping you warm and protecting against any chills. Our warm underdresses are available in charcoal for darker dresses and greige for lighter dresses. The separately-constructed top and skirt are made from different heat-insulating rayon blends and designed to hug the body while being soft and stretchy.

Step Two: Pure Wool

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When the mercury heads down, make sure to reach for one of our beautiful pure wool dresses or skirts. This winter we recommend our Navy Leopard and Office Animal print dresses, as well as our office-friendly slim fitting switch skirts in navy, light grey, beige or black. Simply pair these dresses and skirts with a matching jacket for easy early mornings, or mix and match with contrasting shades for an easily expanded wardrobe.

Step Three: Knitwear

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For those in need of an extra layer, our Japan-made knitwear is the perfect choice. Fully washable and effortless soft and light, our turtlenecks, cardigans and boleros can be worn for weekends as well as work day and evening events. kay me stylists recommend wearing our subtly sparkly knit jumpers with our pure wool suits for a lovely pastel winter look.

Step Four: Outerwear

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Princess lines or a padded trench? Choose your style from our range of pretty coats in classic A-line shapes and cute prints. Our wool coats are available in navy and white-grey, while our cotton-padded trench coats feature flamingos on a navy base, giraffes on a caramel base, and cats on a grey background – great for standing out from the crowd.

Swap a coat for one of our Vegan-friendly faux-leather jackets for weekend style on the go.

Step Five: Select Scarves

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The finishing touch to any kay me outfit, our kay me Select scarves have been personally chosen by Junko Kemi and expertly handmade in India by artisan craftspeople who also hand-weave for Maharajas.

Choose from cashmere, wool and silk blends, lace and sequins. kay me stylists love opting for all-navy evening outfits topped with a navy scarf, or varying wintery pastels with light suits paired with pale scarves. A great gift for someone special – or yourself!

Introducing Office Animals, from kay me

As the days are cooling down in Tokyo, at kay me we’ve been searching ways to heat things up again!

Aside from our favourite seasonal tricks like our drinking favourite English tea and eating Japanese nabe hot-pot cooking, we’ve been dressing up in our favourite new leopard prints – and with two prints and variety of dress styles to choose from, there’s plenty to spice up your wardrobe this winter, whether at work or at play.

Navy Leopard

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Elegant and simple, our cool navy print with white background is a stylish choice. With three dress styles, including our figure-flattering waist-gather dress, Venus drape dress expertly made from a single piece of hand-drapes fabric and asymmetry dress with skirt in navy pure wool.

Pair these dresses with matching navy and white jackets in wool and our Japan-made knitwear for the office, or wear with our special stretchy faux-leather jackets for weekend style with edge.

Pink Leopard

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With soft pink, blues and white, our new Office Animal leopard print is sweet and feminine, just as at home in formal or romantic situations. Our hourglass silhouette Venus drape dress is complimented by our blousing dress with loose top and contrasting tight skirt in navy pure wool.

Wear with white for a fresh look, or pair with darker navy for evenings.

Other animal prints…

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The animal kingdom has long been an inspiration for Junko Kemi’s designs at kay me, and here’s a small selection of some of our other wild and wonderful animal prints.

See our animal print gallery for even more prints and patterns!

Warm Dresses for Winter

November is fast drawing to a close, and yes – Christmas holidays and new year celebrations are just around the corner! We’re getting in the festive spirit at kay me with a selection of dresses and items that we love this season – keep reading to see our favourite dresses for chilly commutes and evening parties…

Wear to work

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(Monotone Leaf piping dress, Navy Switch dress, Navy V-neck tight dress)

Let our dramatic original prints guide your style this winter, and our pure wool fabrics keep you warm on your way to and from work. Choose from classic black and white, or try warm navy with our switch dress and beautifully handmade V-neck dress. Stretchy, fully washable and soft to the touch, our rich wool selection encompasses matching suit jackets and skirt as well as versatile dresses.

Wear at the weekend

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(Charcoal Grey turtleneck dress, Pink Milano rib knit dress, Cherry Python dress)

Comfort is the name of the game on days off, so feel cosy all day long in our knit dresses specially made in Japan. Our Milano rib knit dress in pink also has pockets, great if you forget your gloves! Perfect for Saturday brunch in the city, our Cherry Python dress is made from extra warm fabric without compromising on kay me’s signature elegant style.

Wear to an event

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(Black Rose 100% silk dress, Japan wrap dress, red cache-coeur dress)

Dressing up doesn’t have to mean feeling the cold! Made from 100% silk, our stunning Black Rose dress is inspired by the beauty of Japanese kimono. Pair our fit-and-flare cache-coeur dress in luxurious red with one of our warm underdresses, made with contrasting fabrics to create a smooth silhouette as well as keep you the perfect temperature.

Don’t forget to explore kay me’s knitwear selection for cardigans and knit tops, as well as our exclusive kay me Select range of handmade scarves.

Print Story – Kate Check

Hello everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team. This week, I’d like to introduce our new Kate Check print.

Designer and brand founder Junko Kemi loved spending time in the UK last year. Since then, she’s been really inspired by all things English, including Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (don’t you agree she’d look wonderful in kay me?!)

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For Kate Check, we wanted to preserve the feeling of a traditional British print, while creating a modern geometric print. Green is paired with a powerful black, and the contrast creates an elegant mood.

The delicate watercolour image is printed using a special inkjet technique, and looks just as if the fabric has been painted directly. kay me textiles are specially printed and retain their colour and sharpness for longer than other types of printing.

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(Kate Check wrap dress, black rich wool jacket,

navy riders jacket, off-white turtleneck knit, Kate Check skirt)

When Junko was in London, she loved strolling around Holland Park in particular. With this in mind, I made a mid-length skirt with super stretch waist. It’s great for travel, and has been very popular among kay me staff. This skirt is actually a little limited in quantity, so make sure to grab one while you can!

Enjoy autumn with Kate Check!

Until next time… Yuko.

Pretty Pearl Accessories, from kay me

Fans of kay me will remember our handmade in Japan pearl accessories that launched last year and proved very popular here in Tokyo. Light as air, weighing less than 25 grams total, the secret is balsa wood hand-carved and painted to look just like real pearls.

Our second round of pearl jewellery is on sale now, and join us as we take a closer look…

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Necklaces

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A tiny touch of blushing pink brings out the best in our angel pink pearls, available in both short and long-length necklaces. Our short necklace sits just under the collarbones and looks great with a turtleneck or plunging V-neck, while our long necklace can be worn as a single strand or doubled for a fresh look.

Adding a new dimension is our double strand of pearls in classical gold, featuring super light balsa wood pearls in gold, bronze and off-white for a look that’s instantly elegant when paired with any plain coloured dress or top.

All kay me necklaces have a quick-release catch for easy wear.

Earrings

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Why choose between long earrings and studs when you can have both? Our new angel pink two-way earrings combine a balsa wood pearl and inlaid crystal jewel with a delicate chain and pearl drop. Wear as a pair of simple studs or dangling earrings, or one of each!

Our hoop earrings have been specially designed to match our classical gold necklace, and also feature our stunning balsa wood pearls in bronze, gold and off-white on a simple hoop.

Equally stylish with hair up or down, long or short, kay me earrings are light and easy to wear.

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Add the finishing touch to your kay me outfit with our new pearl jewellery, and see more accessories here.

Print story – Placing the Pattern

Hello everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team. Today I’d like to share with you our “Autumn of Art”…

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I’m always adapting numerous designs from our partners at the London design office, thinking about the colour richness, the dynamic designs and the unique subjects. These are all very important to the design process at kay me, and of course it’s fun for me to be surrounded by plenty of pretty fabrics – it’s like being in an art museum!

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It’s quite difficult to create a print dress, as there are various considerations such as the arrangement of the print, the size, the colours and tones of of the print…

In order to get the best final result I make several mock-ups.

At kay me we pride ourselves on matching the print to the design of the dress, as well as pattern-matching each piece of each item, so every dress looks its best.

First, we make a simulation of where to place the main pattern. Then, we place the pattern parts on the fabric to make sure everything fits as we wish. Finally, we make any small adjustments. It’s actually a long process, but this is how we complete all our special dresses.

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I think kay me dresses are like paintings! Please enjoy!

Looking forward to next time… Yuko. 

kay me Knitwear and Pure Wool

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder – here at kay me HQ we’re wrapping up warm in our beautifully-made knitwear and wool items. All handmade in Japan with our knits coming exclusively from Niigata in northern Japan and Kanazawa, kay me is here to help you cosy up this autumn and winter.

Following our philosophy of comfort, style and easy-care, all our knitwear is soft and stretchy, and washable at home with no need to iron, meaning more time to focus on what’s important to you.

Knit Tops and Cardigans

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Sparkle and shine in our turtlenecks, available in charcoal grey and off-white, perfect for layering with kay me skirt and jacket. Add a taste of Japanese glamour with our long cardigans in black and off-white, knitted in Kanazawa and featuring a draped collar inspired by Japanese robes. Pair our boleros in black and white with pretty shawl collar with any kay me dress for an effortless day to night look.

Knit Dresses

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In pink, grey and black, our Milano rib wool dresses can be dresses up for the office or down for the weekend with just a simple change of accessories. For a more dramatic style, try our rich wool dresses in navy and light grey with V-neck and stunning waist detailing and painstakingly-placed pleats.

Rich Wool Suits

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In pure rich wool, our suits in navy, light grey, light beige and black for autumn and winter are a great way to keep warm at work and while commuting. Soft, warm and stretchy, there’s no need to worry about rain as our suits are also washable and drip dry. Wear the jackets with a matching skirt for weekday elegance, mix and match colours to ring the changes, or pair with a printed kay me dress for easy style in any weather.

Shine in kay me Select Scarves

Following on from our first exclusive range of handmade scarves specially chosen by kay me Junko Kemi, we’re very excited to share our new line-up for autumn and winter 2017. Hand sewn in India by a family-run atelier known for creating scarves for Maharajas, and with pure cashmere, delicate lace and sparkling sequins, there’s a scarf for everyone and every occasion!

Lace Scarves

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A top favourite of Junko Kemi, our scarf in a wool and silk blend is available in a blue gradation from light to dark, with matching hand-dyed lace. Junko can be spotted around our Ginza head office in Tokyo wearing this scarf, as well as travelling on the shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka. New for autumn 2017, our lace scarf is also on sale in light grey, with our grey and pink version having sold out instantly!

Cashmere Scarves

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Take your pick from bold fuchsia pink and cool turquoise for our 100% cashmere pashmina scarves. This extra-large style is light and soft, making it the perfect accessory for brightening your day. Pair with a kay me suit for work, or a patterned dress for weekends in the city.

Sequin Scarves

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Bring sparkle to your special events – from dinner dates to popping to the shops! – with our glamorous silk and wool blend scarves in navy, silver and champagne gold with wide sequin band. Wear with matching tones of blue, silver and gold, or try a contrasting look for a glittering season.

These scarves make wondering gifts for someone special in your life, as well as a treat for yourself, needless to say…

Print Story – Kimono and the Beauty of Nature in Japan

Hello everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team here. Today I’d like to tell you about our kimono prints…

As you may already know, kay me founder Junko Kemi’s grandmother ran a kimono boutique in Osaka for many years, and being around these beautiful patterns from a young age really inspired Junko.

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Here at kay me, we have many ‘wa’ () Japanese taste prints and designs, including our Belvedere and Quiet Garden dresses (above), both with prints from genuine antique kimono.

We also tasked an award-winning design company based in London to create their own kimono-inspired prints. I’m working through many ideas right now…

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Our Otsukimi Purple jersey dress is inspired by Japanese moon viewing nights, and is soft, stretchy and washable at home – much more convenient than a traditional kimono, but with all the elegance and refined style of Japanese dress.

Personally, I love kimono!

But, it’s even better to be wear it easily, isn’t it?

 

With our stunning Contemporary Kimono dresses, you can feel the beauty of Japanese natural aesthetics every day.

Looking forward to next time… Yuko.

kay me Colours for Autumn and Winter 2017

Here at kay me HQ, we love choosing which colours to focus on for each season. As always, we’re very inspired by Japan, and the changing seasons allow us to explore both trendy and favourite colours.

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Our pretty shades for autumn and winter 2017 are a great way to expand your wardrobe in a thoughtful way, as each pair well not only with each other but also with other neutrals, solid colours and prints.

Navy

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Many of our kay me best-sellers are navy, and it’s no surprise – this versatile dark blue pairs beautifully with white and cream for the summer and with caramel and pink for a splash of autumnal colour. This season brings our lovely A-line coat in navy wool, as well as our popular stretchy suits in rich wool, and new prints too.

Discover our navy dresses and navy items.

Pink

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Bold and bright or pretty and pastel? At kay me, we’re always in the pink and we’ve got you covered with florals and geometric prints, as well as solid colour dresses that are just as great for the morning commute as well as for evening events with just a quick accessories change. Autumn will find both lipstick pinks and soft pastels coming soon.

See all pink dresses.

Grey

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From knitwear to princess coat-dresses, and from silver to dark charcoal, there’s a grey for everyone. Grey doesn’t have to be cold: wear with navy and rich bordeaux for warmth or white and lilac for cool beauty. Add a kay me Select scarf and warm underdress for extra layers on chilly days.

Click here for grey dresses and knitwear.