Top Wrap Dress Tips from kay me

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly tie your beautiful new kay me dress? Never fear, our easy to follow video guides are here to give you a helping hand to recreate the best bows and form-flattering lines that make kay me cache-coeur and wrap dresses such a great choice for women on the way to work as well as relaxing at the weekend.

Keep reading and hit play to learn the secrets of how to tie your dresses…

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How to tie a kay me cache-coeur dress:

With the zip fully open, slip the dress over your head and then zip up.

Feed the left ribbon through the hole on the right hand side, then pull the right ribbon tight and pass both around your back. Try to keep the ribbons as flat as possible for the best effect.

Tie a bow in the centre, and spread out the ribbons for extra volume.

You can also experiment with different positions and ways to tie your bow, just like a kimono obi belt.

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How to tie a kay me wrap dress:

Start with the dress open, and thread the left ribbon through the hole on the right hand side.

Pull both ribbons behind you, making sure the dress is snug and there are no wrinkles in the ribbons.

Pass the ribbons around your back and to the front again, while still keeping the ribbons as flat as possible.

Tie a bow – our kay me styling team suggest slightly off-centre to the left and the larger the bow the larger the impact.

Finally, you’ll find kay me’s signature fastener on the left side – attach to the right, and you’ll be protected on breezy days.

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Not only are kay me dresses easy to wear, but our high quality fabrics with patented easy-care technology also feel great – no more stiff materials that crease too easily. We even took two years to find the perfect fabric blends to ensure that our top level standards continue across the whole kay me range.

kay me Now at Isetan Haneda Airport, Tokyo

Calling all international travellers and jet-setters… you can now find kay me at Haneda Airport’s Isetan department store!

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Whether you’re off on holiday or travelling for business, we’re sure you’ll find a kay me dress that catches your eye at our newest stockist, Isetan Haneda store in Terminal 1.

You can say goodbye to post-plane creases with our easy-care non-wrinkle high-tech fabrics – even if you’ve overpacked you’ll still be able to squeeze one more kay me dress in your handbag and be able to shake it out with no crinkles or damage at the other end of your journey.

Bon voyage!

kay me’s Junko Kemi on BBC Radio London

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On kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi’s recent trip to London, she was over the moon to be asked to appear as a guest on Jo Good’s show at BBC Radio London.

You can listen to the full show here*, and Junko’s interview starts at 2:05:10.

Many thanks to Jo and the BBC Radio London team for their kind hospitality and interest in kay me and Junko’s unique story.

* Available on BBC iPlayer until mid-September 2016.

Work-Ready Dresses for Women on the Go

We’ve already covered packing your suitcase for a holiday on the kay me blog, so now it’s time to turn our attention to business travel. While for some people this may be a perk of the job, for others it can feel like more hassle than its worth.

kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi channeled her frustrations with standard workwear into the drive to make kay me the international brand it is today – exasperated by non-stretch tight fitting jackets, skirts and dresses, she dreamed of creating a range of clothing that works for today’s busy women.

Our patented easy-care fabrics ensure not only no more creases but are also quick drying and non-iron, making them a great time saver as well as being stretchy enough to cope with travel on planes, trains and automobiles. Wherever you’re going, kay me will get you there in style!

Wrap dresses

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(Samuel wrap, Stardust wrap, Chopin wrap)

Our kay me wrap dresses have become a favourite of stylish Tokyo businesswomen, and it’s easy to see why – the contrasting skirt and top sections make for a fashionable choice for the city, and the prints and patterns are perfectly chic for both the office and a restaurant after work. Fabrics are key here, with the slightly heavier skirt creating a more structured shape, and with kay me’s special hidden inside button you have nothing to fear from even the most breezy of commutes.

Solid colour dresses

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(Perfect navy, Stripe grey, Asymmetry black)

The standard of many a working wardrobe, kay me solid colour dresses come in many shades as well as different cuts – from soft cache-coeur drapes to our waist-defining asymmetric styles, there’s a great variety to choose from no matter your taste. Thanks to the unique pattern-cutting techniques used by our Japanese artisans, all you have to do is zip up your dress and you’re ready to go.

Printed dresses

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(Cache-coeur cornflower, Shirt Dots dress, Minuet dress)

It’s great to be able to express yourself with a bit of colour and pattern, and if you’re lucky enough to work in an environment that allows you to, why not explore our signature range of printed dresses? Simply add one of our super-stretchy jackets for the office or a simple cardigan for a more relaxed look.

We’d love to keep you updated with all the latest kay me news from Tokyo – don’t forget to sign up on our homepage for our monthly newsletter!

Junko Kemi in London, Autumn 2016

Instant elegance with day-long comfort”, designed and handmade in Japan for professionals by professionals

junko01Meet with Junko Kemi, CEO and lead designer, for a personal introduction to kay me. Drinks and light food will be included with each appointment, and a hand-selected range of dresses will be available. Learn more about Junko’s unique story and see kay me quality for yourself.

Time: To be confirmed – please register interest.

Destination: 2 minutes from Aldgate station (Circle and Metropolitan lines).

Contact: shop@kayme.co.uk

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The Language of Flowers

One of the many distinctive features of kay me dresses, along with our easy-care fabrics and Japan-made quality, is our wide range of distinctive prints and patterns. Our Contemporary Kimono line features motifs from authentic antique kimono, and as in Japanese art, the beauty of nature is always the source of inspiration and cause for celebration.

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Florals for spring and summer are considered a classic for good reason, as wearing beautiful flower prints lifts any mood and bring to mind the hope and happiness of the season.  In Japan as well as in Victorian England, the complex symbology of flowers was used to convey meaning without the use of words – the perfect way to send a secret message to a loved one or subtly display your inner emotions.

A modern way of utilising the language of flowers is to literally wear your heart on your sleeve and instead of carrying a bunch of flowers or posy with you, to wear your favourite flower in dress form.

Here’s a bouquet of some of our best-loved floral print dresses, along with their mysterious meanings…

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Peony – romance, prosperity, good fortune / Japanese meaning – bravery

Stand out in this gorgeous peony-print dress, one of our most popular kay me designs. With its flattering colours and unique print, this wrap dress epitomises our ethos of instant elegance with day-long comfort.

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Cherry blossom – beauty of life / Japanese meaning – kind, gentle

Sakura season may be short-lived, lasting just around a week, but now you can enjoy the fleeting beauty of cherry blossom all year round! Traditionally a spring motif, delicate cherry blossoms are seen on our fabulous Edo Bingata dresses, inspired by traditional Edo-era woodblock prints.

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Plum blossom – strength / Japanese meaning – spring, protection, health

Earthy tones and a range of flowers make our Quiet Garden dress anything but a wallflower. Plum blossoms flower slightly earlier than sakura (cherry blossom) in Japan, and are seen as an early indicator of the coming of spring. Their tiny pink blooms add a much-needed splash of colour after the long winter, and certainly brighten everyone’s day.

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Bay leaves – glory, strength protection

Last but not least is our Holland Park print, inspired by kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi’s travels in London. Junko loved spending early mornings in the park, so much so that she created and named this design after her favourite place. We’re sure that Holland Park will become a firm favourite of yours too, and the soft chiffon fabric of this dress highlights the delicate leaf pattern.

Keep an eye out for even more lovely floral prints coming to kay me soon!

Try Before You Buy, Now in London

Live or work in central London? Too busy to go shopping? kay me has you covered – we’ll bring the shop to you!

kay me’s central London free “try before you buy” delivery service is now launching for a limited time from 8th to 13th August 2016.

Try on kay me’s ready-for-business and kimono inspired wrap dresses at your office or in the comfort of your own home. Everything handmade just for you in Japan…

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Seven Questions with… Hiroko Samejima, atelier andu amet CEO and chief designer

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Hiroko Samejima: Born in Tokyo. Worked at domestic manufacturer as designer, went to Ethiopia as a member of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV). After returning  to Japan and working as a marketing executive, founded aterlier andu amet ltd. in Japan in 2012, as as plc. in Ethiopia in 2015. Received many awards including the “Women of the Year 2013 (career create category)” from Nikkei Woman and “Changemakers of the Year 2015” from Nikkei Business Online.

Hiroko Samejima founded atelier andu amet in 2012, a high-end brand which produces luxury bags made by local artisans in Ethiopia using quality Ethiopian sheepskin. The first time she went to Ethiopia was when she participated in JOCV as a volunteer:

“I got the basic idea of andu amet when I conducted a fashion show which was a huge success there. They loved the products I designed and local craftsmen made. That’s when it hit me. I thought it was the business model which makes everyone happy. It was totally different from the business of mass production and mass consumption in Japan.”

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