Introducing: kay me bags for business and every day

Here at kay me in Tokyo, we’re incredibly excited to share our wonderful new range of original bags and pouches, designed and made in Japan by kay me.

Our bags are available for pre-order now, with shipping in early November – mark your calendar now!

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As you may already be aware, the story of kay me starts with founder and lead designer Junko Kemi’s search for stylish and functional business wear that was also comfortable and suitable for many situations. We’re very happy to say that our bags are no different – after extensive research, design and testing, we’re now ready to share our amazing bags with the world!

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First in the line-up is our two-way business bag, which can be worn as a rucksack for commuting or carried as a handbag when meeting with clients.

This bag is specially designed to sit slightly higher on the back, alleviating extra pressure on the back.

Available in silver, taupe, navy, red, white, pink Tassel, and white Tassel.

 

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Our PC bag can also be worn as a cross-by bag, or carried as a handbag.

Fitting laptops up to 13 inches as well as A4 papers, the inside features a special pocket to ensure computers and electronics are kept safe and secure.

Available in taupe, navy, red, white, silver, white Tassel and pink Tassel.

 

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Next is our tote bag, also with different strap options for carrying.

A deceptively roomy design this bag also features a D-ring inside that attaches to our essentials case.

The perfect accompaniment to our business and PC bags, our Japanese customers love carrying these tote bags with matching and even contrasting larger kay me bags.

Available in red, taupe, navy, white, silver, white Tassel and pink Tassel.

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Last but not least are our pouches in large and small sizes, and our essentials cases.

kay me pouches have an especially wide mouth to ensure that every item inside can be easily found, and our essentials case comes complete with a clip that attaches to any other kay me bag for safety and security.

Pouches available in large and small sizes, in gold, silver, white Tassel and pink Tassel.

Essentials cases available in taupe, navy, white, red, silver, white Tassel and pink Tassel.

All our bags and pouches are made from top-quality faux-leather, ensuring that no animals are harmed at any point of production. This faux-leather is soft and durable, and waterproof too. The straps for our bags contain a foam-like material, making them extra soft and comfortable to wear for long hours or when carrying heavy items.

Inside our pouches you’ll find an extra zipped pocket, and as well as a special laptop holder inside our PC bag and business, you’ll also see outer side pockets too.

To learn more about the development behind kay me me bags, click here to discover the full story.

Click here to see all bags.

Wearing work dresses in three easy steps

Hi everyone, it’s Ikue from kay me’s online team in Tokyo!

Did you know that before working with kay me, I was a member of a major international IT company here in Japan? I often wore kay me dresses and jackets in the office, and now I get to bring my skills to one of my favourite fashion companies.

Today I’d like to share with you some tips for dressing for business…

So, do you often wear print dresses? “Of course, I love them!” I hear you say! But for those working in a more conservative industry, it takes a little more courage to wear something bold (I felt the same way too).

kay me dresses are so easy to wear and such a time-saver when working long hours, so it’s a shame not to wear your favourite dresses every day…

Today’s theme is: stepping up your work dresses!

Step 1: Start with neutral solid colours

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First of all, try basic neutral colours such as white, grey, navy and black. (Why not try filtering by colour on our dresses page…)

I also recommend wearing these colours in our daily and Venus drape dress styles. With our I-line dresses, the silhouette is so crisp, it’s easy and comfortable to wear in a suit-like way.

All our dresses pair beautifully with kay me suit jackets – choose from matching or contrasting colours.

Step 2: Play with colour and shape

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When you get used to your new dress style, try branching out with different colours and shapes.

For example, our popular new blue-grey shade is so pretty and flattering. It’s not as strong or sombre as navy or black, but it’s soft with a sense of neatness, a great alternative for the office.

Here I’ve chosen to highlight our Marilyn short-sleeve dresses with cache-coeur bust and flared hem – this style adds just a touch of grown-up femininity.

Step 3: Two-colour print challenge

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Even for “print beginners”, a classic combination such as black and off-white is easy to wear and coordinate. Just pick one colour to highlight from the print, in the case of our Tassel Flower print off-white, and use this as the main colour for your jacket.

This dress also looks wonderful with black, or even bringing out the hints of grey in the print.

Also, by wearing a jacket it constrains the print a little, just in case you’re still nervous!

So, what do you think? Instant elegance, with lots of styling ideas for you try this week at work!

Ikue.

Discover kay me Riders Jackets’ Four Key Features

Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we’re excited to show off our latest collection of riders jackets, specially made in Japan and designed for those on the go. With three colours to choose from, taupe, grey and ivory, our riders jackets can be worn with everything from our washable knitwear and suit set ups to feminine floral dresses. Add a little edge to your outfit with an instant dash of classic biker style!

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Stretchy

Unlike traditional materials, our new riders jackets are made from soft, stretchy and flexible fabrics: everything from the lining and stitching to the outer faux-leather is made to move and bend and flex with you.

These jackets are so comfortable, you can even try out a few yoga poses in them – that’s how we tested them in the atelier!

 

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Washable

One of the key concepts behind kay me was the idea that all items could be easily washed at home, thus eliminating expensive dry-cleaning bills. Our riders jackets are no exception, and be popped in the washing machine at your convenience (please see the tags for detailed instructions).

These jackets are also waterproof, making them a great choice for changeable weather in autumn and beyond.

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Made in Japan

Proudly supporting the Japanese sewing industry, and local expert craftspeople here in Tokyo, our riders jackets are also made in Japan.

The vast majority of kay me items are created individually in Tokyo, with a few other collections created outside the city, such as our soft knitwear, woven in Kanazawa on the coast of Japan.

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Design

Reimagined for the modern woman, our riders jackets take on classic biker elements, such as the distinctive zip, notched collar and cuff details.

Using 3D patterning technology, we redesigned our jackets to specially move with you as you go about your day, and to create a more feminine and compact silhouette.

 

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Print story – Instagram-worthy pink!

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

Today I’d like to share with you a little about the development behind our Tassel print in pink. You may recognise it from my previous post here!

By the way, from now until the end of the year, we often have a lot of formal events to attend, right? I have to mention that kay me prints are always popular for this type of occasion.

Consider bold pink, the perfect colour for gorgeous situations!

When we say pink, the tonal range is quite broad, beginning with light shades, adding a little touch of blue, and gradually increasing the saturation. Here’s an example of some of the variations we made for consideration:

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It’s a challenge to balance the colors correctly, as even just changing the tone of the flower gradation will also change the impression. If we make it too dark, it looks very strange to me!

In the atelier team, we always check our print colors against our team’s skin to see how the color reflects. If it looks good on many people, we know it’s a good choice for our customers too.

Here’s the final print colour we chose, with a touch of bordeaux for the flowers for a more grown-up feeling:

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Here at kay me in Tokyo, both pink dresses and floral dresses are always popular, so I’m really excited about this pink floral dress! I recommend wearing our Lovely Tassel print with white kay me knitwear and jackets, and lots of sparkling accessories too.

Until next time… Yuko.

Discover new stoles from kay me Select

Our latest range of world-class luxury artisan made scarves is now available here at kay me!

Continuing our kay me Select line, founder Junko Kemi travelled to India to visit the atelier responsible for hand-weaving, dyeing and embellishing our beautiful stoles. Narrowing down the choice to just 6 lines was a tough choice, but we’re confident that you’ll find a scarf for every occasion…

Lace jacquard stoles

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Always popular in Tokyo, our amazing lace jacquard scarves feature layers of lace, gauze and jacquard fabric, all handwoven together on a specialist loom, ensuring the reverse looks just as beautiful as the front.

Delicate beading and sequin details compliment the rich design.

Choose from sakura late, olive grey and indigo shades.

Silk-wool stoles

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Our new stoles are a lovely soft blend of silk and pure wool, light and soft but lovely to wear on chilly days.

To create the stunning ombre effect, scarves are dip dyed in dark then light colours, with the overlap being hand-brushed to ensure a smooth blend between the two shades.

Choose from purple, grey, blue and pink options.

I-lace gradation stoles

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Using ‘shibori’ tie-dye techniques also found in Japan, the lace for these unusual scarves is expertly painted with a variety of dyes in complimentary and contrasting colours creating a unique effect every time.

The diamond weave fabric layer behind the central lace panel is removed, making for a light and semi-transparent look.

Choose from plum (off-white), marigold (blue) and coral (grey) stoles.

100% cashmere butterfly stoles

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The loose weave of this 100% cashmere scarf is so incredibly soft we can’t keep our hands off it!

The secret is in the brushing of the knit which leads to the felting of extra soft fibres. Take flight with the hand-placed crystal butterflies, with each crystal added individually for a subtly unique finish.

Choose from pink, blue-grey, grey and camel tones.

Lace gradation stoles

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Will you choose a matching or contrasting ombre effect?

The lace and diamond weave silk-wool base of our gradation scarves are dyed separately then painstakingly hand sewn together using the smallest of hand-stitches. Just like our silk-wool stoles, the fabric is brushed wet to create the final soft effect.

Choose from powder blue and ivory scarves.

Aubergine 100% cashmere motif stole

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Last by no means least is our luxurious 100% cashmere stole in rich aubergine purple.

This scarf features a series of original Indian floral designs picked out in crystals, and is a wonderful way to add that special finishing touch to an outfit for an exceptional evening.

Introducing the new kayme.com

As you may have noticed, our online store recently had a beautiful makeover, and we’re excited to announce the re-opening of our beautiful new online shopping destination, kayme.com

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With free global shipping and customs charges included, there’s never been a better time to start your journey with kay me by your side.

Join us now and discover the story behind kay me’s stretchy, washable and stylish clothing, the skilled artisans that make every item here in Japan, and more about founder and award-winning entrepreneur Junko Kemi’s inspiration for kay me.

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We’re also introducing our exciting new line-up of original kay me bags for business and every day, made with the same key features that make kay me such a great choice for busy women around the world.
Our new bags and pouches are available for pre-order now, with delivery in November.

Fall in love with “instant elegance, day-long comfort” from the all-new kayme.com

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On and off style, with kay me

Everyone loves clothes that can do double duty and can be worn for both work and weekends, transitioning from long days in the office to evening events and everything in between.

Today we’ve taken our top pick of items and, thanks to kay me stylists, have suggested different ways to wear the same key pieces. With all kay me looks being machine washable at home, with no need to tumble dry or iron, our principles of style, comfort and instant elegance are well covered.

Keep reading for outfit inspiration…

Cardigans

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Baby blue Kanazawa long cardigan – in the office // after-work drinks

Mist grey Kanazawa long cardigan – team meeting // brunch with friends

Our favourite transitional layer for autumn and beyond, we love our made-in-Japan long cardigans. Knitted specially in the city of Kanazawa for kay me, our long cardigans feature large size pockets and side slit for ease of movement. The shawl collar drapes beautifully, and is a nod to traditional Japanese kimono design.

Wear our long cardigans with solid colour dresses, or add texture and detail with tops and skirts.

Print dresses

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Safari sunset waist-gathered dress – dinner date // al fresco lunch

Coffee beans daily dress – weekly presentation // errands in town

We are no strangers to a print dress here at kay me, and today we’ve chosen to highlight our Safari Sunset and Coffee Beans dresses with vibrant tribal-inspired prints. While a print dress can feel like the star of the show, with careful styling a single dress can be adapted to a great variety of situations and outfits simply by changing up your outer layers.

Wear our prints with suit jackets and bolero cardigans for formal occasions, and our “first class” parkers for casual days.

Navy dresses

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Navy sack dress – city shopping // catch-up cocktails

Navy rib zip front dress – independent theatre // to and from the gym

Our neutral of choice, navy dresses are wardrobe workhorses and genuine chameleons that can be dressed up and down as you see fit. We’ve chosen to highlight our loose-fitting sack dress with wide collar and mid sleeves, as well as our rib dress with front zip and contrasting fabrics panels.

Wear our solid navy dresses with handmade kay me Select scarves, or for warmth and stretch add our indigo riders jacket for that extra cool factor.

Three ways to wear florals this autumn

As follow up to our popular post featuring top tips on how to wear florals in the office, kay me stylists are back and ready to share with you three easy ways to wear florals in the fall season.

While summer suits bright colours and bold prints, and certainly we have no shortage of these at kay me, autumn provides us with a more mellow colour palette and chance to explore a softer side to our favourite florals…

With darker colours

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(Tribal black, Monotone leaf piping, Iris waist-gathered)

With the nights drawing in week by week, bring out the richer tones in our floral prints by pairing them with darker colours. Wear our Tribal Black venus drape dress with our cropped black bolero cardigan, and our Monotone Leaf piping dress with wool skirt and contrasting top with matching black tailored jacket. To bring our richness of the navy, our super stretchy Japanese indigo denim jacket is a great partner to our charming Iris dress.

Tailored jackets in black and navy are never out of style, and kay me’s easy-care fabrics can be washed and worn as often as you like.

With neutrals

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(Plume sack, Shisa terrace, Safari sunset)

For a modern look, try wearing darker floral prints with lighter colours to add contrast to your outfit. Our Shisa Terrace and Safari Sunset prints feature autumnal shades that capture the colours of the season here in Japan, and our Plume dress in grey watercolour tones is a grown-up take on a traditional floral design. Our stylists paired these items with our pure white lace stole and simple white knitwear to bring out the contrast present in these prints.

Discover more ways to wear our handmade stoles for every occasion.

As a contemporary kimono

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(Tokiwa midori 100% silk, Japan wrap, Otsukimi purple)

As with all aspects of traditional Japanese culture, from food to written greetings, kimono are seasonal too. Our top pick has to be our signature Otsukimi purple dress, named after the Japanese traditional of moon-viewing that takes place in October – just add mochi (rice cakes)! For a more dramatic look, try our Japan wrap dress in bold red, gold and black with distinctive kimono-style collar, or our patented washable silk dresses, such as Tokiwa Midori.

Learn more about the unique story behind our silk.

Autumn travel wear, from kay me

Our new travel capsule collection is now available online and in stores – where you will you wear yours?

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Inspired by the idea of an outfit that was as comfortable as pyjamas but elegant enough to wear from the airplane to the hotel, kay me founder Junko Kemi created our new hoodies and long dresses with this concept at the forefront of her mind.

From her history of traveling throughout Japan in her previous role as a consultant, to founding and designing kay me requiring international travel during the year, Junko is an expert when it comes to clothing that combines functionality with style.

Indeed, this was one of the principles that kay me was built on, and remains close to our heart today.

Our new hoodies and dresses both feature our original Petit print in navy and lavender, hand-painted in France with beautifully delicate watercolour flowers in shades of purple.

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Our travel dresses are available in pretty Petit Lavender print, as well as denim blue and grey, and feature a maxi-length skirt with soft mermaid flare and asymmetric seams that flatter the body. Made from the softest of materials, move with ease and grace, and pair with sneakers for days on the go.

Choose from our new ‘first class’ parkers in Petit Navy and Petit Lavender print, as well as white and navy. All hoodies feature luxurious satin ribbons and side and sleeve stretchy rib detail, as well as our exciting original zip pulls with the new kay me rose logo.

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Level up your travel style by mixing and matching our long dresses and parkers with kay me t-shirts and long skirts, and don’t forget to check our travel category for more made in Japan clothing that’s elegant and practical no matter where you’re going.

Three ways to dress for transitional weather

After several months of summer, we’re looking forward to cooler autumn temperatures here in Tokyo!

However, it’s all too easy to get caught out in this type of transitional weather: cool breezes, Indian summer days, different attitudes to air-conditioning, sudden showers, among others. We tasked kay me stylists with tackling this seasonal conundrum, and here are their three top tips…

Transitional layers

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Tip one: utilising various layers is the smartest way to both regulate your temperature and stay stylish all day long.

Great for those who love variety, choose from our made in Japan knitwear, tailored jackets and frill jackets for outer layers.

Wear our handmade jackets to the office and for commuting, with plenty of stretch you’ll be able to stay on the go all day long. For parties and events, try our charming frilled jacket, available in black and white, and the perfect topper to a special dress.

Our washable top-quality knitwear is made individually in Kanazawa on the coast of Japan, and looks just as effortless elegant in the office as on a brunch date or weekend at home.

Finally, our range of underdresses are on hand to provide the foundation for any outfit – from warm fabrics to smooth satin, these under-layers are the perfect match for kay me dresses and skirts.

Transitional scarves

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Tip two: add colour and interest with a scarf.

Specially selected in person by kay me founder Junko Kemi, our beautiful kay me Select scarves are made by hand by artisans in India.

Luxurious and ethically made, our range of stoles are a wonderful option for transitional days – wear around the neck, drape over the shoulders and even fold on the lap – the possibilities are endless. We hardly know what we did before our scarves!

Choose from wool and silk, and cashmere blends and bring sophistication and colour every day.

Transitional dresses

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Tip three: choose materials and colours for the season.

Transitional dressing is epitomised by our docking dresses that combine a skirt and top in contrasting fabrics to great effect. Our Chainon navy piping dress features a pure wool skirt and blended top to combine the best of both worlds in one stylish dress.

With a vast range of colours and prints, our patterned dresses offer a great array of options suitable for the changing seasons – just remember that these items are often limited, so be sure to secure your favourite new dress by signing up for our newsletter online.

This year, kay me stylists particularly recommend our abstract floral Tassel Flower dresses that look just as lovely with cool pastels as warm neutrals and darker colours, as well as our Tribal Black venus drape dress in black and beige – wear with a white jacket for warm days or a black jacket for chilly evenings.