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.

kay me’s Marriage

For our recent event “The Marriage of Wine, Italian Cuisine, and kay me Dresses”, one of Tokyo’s top chefs, Daisuke Itagaki, was given several of our stylists’ favorite kay me dresses and items to take as inspiration for producing experimental dishes.

For each dish, a sommelier specially selected the perfect wine to be enjoyed with the delicious food and kay me’s artisan-made clothing.

Read on to learn more about the pairing of food and fashion…

CAVIAR AND GRAY

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Dish: Chilled flan with caviar

Wine: Sparkling wine from Burgundy, France

“The first impression I had from this outfit was “caviar”. The deep hue and warmth of the sturgeon fish’s gray color inspired me to add caviar alongside the chilled flan.”

kay me coordinating items:

Charcoal Gray Milano Rib Top

Charcoal Gray Knit Long Skirt

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HOT SPRING GETAWAY

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Dish: Gorgeously vibrant bagna càuda

Wine: Sparkling wine from Burgundy, France

“From this outfit, I imagined a relaxing getaway to an onsen, Japanese hot spring baths. Gathering inspiration from the hot springs, I chose to create a bagna càuda, a dipping sauce served warm.”

kay me coordinating items:

Baby Blue Soft Hoodie

Charcoal Gray Knit Long Skirt

Navy Two-Way Business Bag

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BESIDE THE SEA

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Dish: Seafood quiche

Wine: White wine from Loire Valley, France

“My first thought that came to mind when I saw this outfit was “oceanic”. From that, I was inspired to make a quiche including a variety of seafoods.”

kay me coordinating items:

Sapphire Lip Side Gathered Dress

Silver Pouch (large)

Pink Silk Wool Scarf

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MILANO VICTORY

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Dish: Milano-style cutlet sandwich with wild arugula

Wine: Red wine from Italy

“The first impression I had with this outfit was “the working women of Milano, Italy”. From this inspiration, I decided to create a Milano-style cutlet sandwich.”

kay me coordinating items:

Victory Black Side Gathered Dress

Snow Gray Kanazawa Short Cardigan

Taupe Two-Way Business Bag

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HONEY AND ROSES

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Dish: Gorgonzola cheese canapé with hundred-flower honey

Wine: White wine from Southwest France

“My initial thought from this outfit was “blooming flowers”. I took inspiration from this and made a dish that incorporated “hundred-flower honey”, which is honey that is produced from a variety of beautiful flowers.”

kay me coordinating item:

Rose Side Gathered Dress

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Many thanks to our fantastic chef and sommelier for providing kay me guests not only with an evening of wonderful wine and food, but also inspiration for kay me outfits and beyond.

Don’t forget that kay me offers free global shipping as standard, so you can enjoy your life with kay me by your side!

kay me’s best of 2018

Today on this final day of 2018, what better way to mark the passing of another wonderful year at kay me HQ than with a look back some of our favorite posts from the past twelve months?

We’ve covered everything from Japanese artists to advice on making tricky colors work for you, so let us guide you through our selection and maybe even help you discover something new from the kay me archives.

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How to create your own office uniform – learn how to take more formulaic approach to dressing for the 9-to-5, leaving more time to concentrate on what’s important to you, and of course there’s no need to compromise on classic office-appropriate style and easy-care fabrics from kay me.

Five Japanese woman artists from different disciplines – we take a look at selection of our favorite artists throughout Japanese history. Have you been inspired by art today?

Three ways to wear florals in the office – one of our most popular topics at kay me, we jus can’t resists a floral print! Bring a little nature into your workwear with our florals for the office.

Japanese proverbs for inspiration and motivation – if you’re in need of an extra boost at this time of year, then look no further than our exploration of traditional Japanese proverbs that motivate and inspire us here at the kay me atelier and beyond.

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Introducing… design your own dress, with kay me – one of our big projects this year has been making our ‘design your own dress’ service, previously only available at our Ginza and Shinjuku stores, open to all Japanese and international customers online, and we’re thrilled at the response so far! Design your own kay me dress today!

The beauty of Japanese summer flowers – it’s no secret that we’re inspired by the beautiful nature that surrounds us every season here in Japan, and summer flowers take a special place in our wide variety of floral prints and patterns.

Three challenging colors and how to wear them – it’s fair to say that some colours are easier to wear than others, yet here at kay me we love to provide a rainbow of options for everyone. Our stylists take you through ways to wear colors that fall outside your comfort zone, opening a new world of stylish possibilities.

2018 has seen many fantastic changes for kay me, including the launch of our new line of original bags for business and beyond all handmade here in Japan, the opening of our custom order service to international customers, and the total relaunch of our online site (still offering free global shipping with customs taxes included as standard!), and we’re so excited to share 2019 with you too!

Happy Holidays from kay me

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From all the kay me team in and around Japan, we wish you a very merry Christmas and seasons greetings from Tokyo!

Join us here on the kay me blog every week for the latest news and features from the kay me atelier, with staff updates, styling advice and new releases.

Be sure to keep in touch with kay me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make sure you meet your new favorite kay me items every day, with free global shipping from our new online store.

Print story – rose

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team here again to share with you the story behind our beautiful original rose print.

You may have seen that our lovely new rose print was released back at the end of October – it’s always so exciting for me to see the whole process through from design and development to testing and photoshoots and finally release to our wonderful customers.

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(Navy rose gathered dress, Navy rose venus dress, Pink rose cache-coeur dress, Pink rose shell dress)

Isn’t our rose print so pretty?

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Roses are a popular motif here at kay me, and this print was specially hand-painted for us by a design team in London. These roses are so elegant!

Of course, I had to think about the balance of the print on the dress… if the print is too large, the balance is off and the final dress will look a little strange. So, a smaller print is better in this case.

This time we also chose to produce our rose print in two colors, navy and pink.

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Here you can see some of the subtle differences between the navy print samples.

Which one would you choose?

We finally chose a slightly glossy finish to our print – the reverse of the fabric has a light fleece coating to keep you warm all winter long!

The ambience of our pink version is a little different to the navy, but of course still grown-up and glamorous. This is one of my favorite ways to wear floral prints!

Did you know that this hand-painted rose also inspired our knit version too?

Our knit jacquard is specially produced for kay me in Niigata, northern Japan, and is available in two colors (navy and sepia) as both a dress and skirt.

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(Navy rose knit dress, Sepia rose knit dress, Navy rose knit skirt, Sepia rose knit skirt)

Until next time… Yuko.

kay me’s holiday gift guide for 2018

Welcome to kay me’s guide to finding the right gift for the special person in your life.

Whether you’re searching for clothing, accessories or bags to give as presents (or making a list for yourself!), we’ve put together a selection of our favorite items for loved ones, coworkers, and (almost) everyone in between.

Our gift guide is of course by no means binding, but our simple suggestions to get you started…

For friends

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(Red tote bag, Gray silk wool scarf, Silver PC bag, Lavender long cardigan)

There’s nothing better than a cheery red bag to brighten up winter days, and our surprisingly roomy tote bag is a great way to put a smile on anyone’s face. For a friend who has received a promotion, why not treat them to our silver PC bag, specially designed to carry laptops and documents with minimum strain on the body.

A cosy knit is always in style, and our long cardigans woven here in Japan are perfect for when the temperature drops. The finishing touch is our silk and wool blend scarf, hand-dyed in a gray graduation, a little luxury for every day.

For coworkers

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(Pink tassel large pouch, Mosaic cardigan, Valuables pouch, Pink silk wool scarf)

If you’re searching for a thoughtful gift for a coworker, our essentials cases and pouches are a great choice – with an extra large opening and inside zips, our original pouches are the perfect partner to any kay me bag, while our essentials cases are just the right size for business cards, small electronics and other daily items.

If your office is known for its particularly chilly air-conditioning, then our mosaic cardigan and silk and wool blend scarf in pink are a hit regardless of season. Wear our cardigan with mosaic jacquard design weave in black, gray and white over any matching or contrasting outfit, and enjoy draping and knotting our pretty pink handwoven scarf in a variety of different ways.

For someone special

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(Mouse gray butterfly cashmere scarf, Red Venus dress, White tassel tote bag, Bordeaux satin butterfly camisole)

When it comes to the leading lady in your life, make an impression with our stunning Venus Drape dress in bold red, naturally complimented by our satin underdress in rich bordeaux with elegant butterfly-like lace.

For accessories, our tote bag in white tassel print can be used for any occasion from work to weekends, and the unrivalled softness of our hand-brushed pure 100% cashmere scarf with individually-placed crystals making fluttering butterflies is sure to be a hit with any recipient.

Are you feeling inspired by our gift guide? Don’t forget that kay me offers free global shipping as standard, with all customs fees included too!

Styling tips for party season

As we edge closer towards the end of the year, party season is fast approaching in its blaze of lights, canapés and clinking glasses.

As tempting as it is to splurge on one party dress for one specific occasion, here at key me we love being able to style our dresses, jackets and suits in different ways to make the most of each item.

Yes, we’re all about cost-per-wear (the price of the item divided by how many time it’s worn), and our versatile designs and easy-care fabrics encourage you to make the most of your beautiful kay me clothing.

This week on the kay me blog, we’ve rounded up our selection of party outfits for different occasions from work to casual, and have asked our team of expert store stylists in and around Tokyo for their top tips and tricks for styling your way through the season and beyond…

Business party

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While this party may be obligatory, sombre clothing is not. Stand out from the crowd in our stunning frill docking dresses in vivid pink and warm mustard, designed to look like and have all the convenience of a one-piece dress. These special dresses wonderfully utilize contrasting materials, with a stretch chiffon for the top and our washable wool blend for the skirt.

Remember that suits don’t have to be characterless – try our pretty frilled jacket for a feminine and sculptural look, or our new lace peplum suits, available in lilac blue and navy, for a suit setup with an elegant retro twist.

Styling tip: keep accessories simple with bright colors, and re-wear our lace slit skirts with blouses and knitwear for 9-to-5 in the office.

Family and friends

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A true kay me classic, our cache-coeur dresses have been painstakingly developed from scratch by our atelier team to create the most flattering fit-and-flare design with built-in waist sash and cross-over bust, making for a truly versatile dress that’s a pleasure to wear again and again.

Choose from our range of colors updated for 2018, including red, royal blue, navy and green, all rich hues designed to be dressed up and down as you like.

Styling tip: wear these feminine and comfortable dresses with our stretchy riders jackets for weekend outings, and simply pop on a matching or contrasting kay me tailored jacket for the work week.

Festive fun

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For those that love to make an impression, our loose-fitting bold red V-neck dress is a must for the festive season, along with our Baby Emerald print dress that captures the frosty florals of winter. This print in particular also looks stylish well into spring with the addition of light knitwear.

For a touch of Japanese elegance, our unique washable 100% silk kimono dresses are a timeless choice. Enjoy the beauty of traditional Japanese design and craftsmanship with the ease of our practical easy-care fabrics for a dress that’s sure to be closet staple for years to come.

Styling tip: our kimono dresses look just as pretty with kay me made in Japan knitwear for hosting at home as with a tailored jacket for outings including wedding parties.

Discover a wide variety of clothing and styles specially selected by kay me for seasonal parties and more social occasion on our newly-relaunched online store – three cheers and season’s greetings!

Fall for autumn leaves, with kay me

Autumn in Japan means one of our favorite things – it’s time to admire the beautiful ever-changing autumn leaves, known as both koyo and momiji in Japanese.

Celebrated for centuries as part of the countrywide appreciation of the four seasons, seen in food, clothing, literature and more, autumn is a time for reflection on the passing year before the harshness of winter creeps in and the leaves change from their vibrant colors and fall to the ground.

We’ve rounded up a selection of our dresses that capture some of the dramatic shades and tones that the fall season in Japan is known for.

Enjoy our selection of bold colors and take your spot amongst the trees…

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(Primitive Art, Y-Genic, Venus Drape red, Shisa Terrace, Jupiter 100% silk)

As the weather cools down, it’s also time to start thinking about outerwear for chilly evenings.

Naturally, kay me has you covered for any autumn occasion with our knitwear, jackets, soft hoodies and coats.

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(Milky White short cardigan, Snow Gray long cardigan, Lavender soft hoodie, Taupe riders jacket, Navy trench coat)

Time for the finishing touch – our selection of handwoven stoles, specially chosen for kay me fans by founder Junko Kemi.

Choose from lace, cashmere and crystal detailing to add warmth and depth to any outfit.

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(Coral I-lace, Marigold I-lace, Ivory lace gradation, Aubergine cashmere, Camel cashmere butterfly)

Don’t forget that our new online store offers free global shipping with customs charges included – whatever the season!

What to wear to… a presentation

For a presentation or pitch, preparation is key!

But once you’ve memorised what you want to say and brainstormed potential questions, there comes the inevitable question: what should I wear?

As kay me founder Junko Kemi is no stranger to public speaking, you can be sure that kay me clothing is perfectly suited to pitching – our easy-care fabrics are crease-resistant and machine washable, as well as soft and stretchy, making sure you look and feel your best when it comes to the crunch.

To find the presentation outfit that works for you, we’ve broken our styles into three groups based on your goal. Keep reading below and discover your new favourite go-to outfit…

I want to… stand out from the crowd

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Choose bright colors to make yourself the center of everyone’s attention. This technique is great for creatives and those who aren’t shy about playing with color.

Try our dresses with pretty frilled blouses in bright pink and mustard for an eye-catching look that will make sure all eyes stay fixed on you.

I want to… celebrate my femininity

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For situations when you wish to highlights your feminine side, pick our pretty pastels and pale colors, for suit separates as well as print dresses.

Mix and match dresses, jackets, skirts and tops to create different looks, and explore different fabrics including lace and chiffon.

I want to… inspire confidence

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Far from somber and dull, kay me’s darker tones, such as navy and charcoal gray, are available in a variety of fabrics including our washable wool which has a beautiful soft shine to the weave.

To change things up, pair with long cardigans for a more relaxed style, or our frilled jackets for a sculptural touch.

Discover more clothing suggestions for presentation and pitches on our newly-relaunched online store!

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.