Made in Japan, by kay me

Previously featured on our Facebook, learn about the story of “Made in Japan” with our five-part series exploring the factories and the inspiration behind our luxurious silk dresses…

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Silk from Kyoto

kay me’s washable 100% silk jersey dresses have been designed to be the ultimate in luxurious daily wear.

We’re passionate about the quality of texture and fabric, and use high quality silk jersey which weighs in at 170g per metre. Using specialist techniques from our Kyoto dye house, we have been able to create fully machine washable silk that doesn’t compromise on print colours or luxurious texture.

Our silk processing technique has been patented by our Kyoto partners, and is made with their outstanding craftsmanship.

Sewing in Toyko

kay me dresses are sewn by experienced artisans, predominantly working in Tokyo in factories that far exceed minimum standards.

A high level of technical skill is needed when sewing jersey – three different types of stretchy threads are needed for different parts.

With our belief in making a wholly good product, we put all our heart into creating each dress by keeping close communication with our team of expert artisans from start to finish.

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Printing in Gifu

kay me uses some unique prints originally from a Premiere Vision Paris-award winning design team in the UK, and we recompose the colours and patterns according to the fabric and design concept of each dress.

For part of our iconic Contemporary Kimono series, we use designs and patterns inspired by antique kimono, without losing any of the beautiful texture of silk.

For printing, kay me decides on the best method of hand-screen printing, auto-screen printing, ink jet printing and transfer printing, depending on the fabric and pattern of the dress.

Knitting in Niigata

All our knit items are all made in Japan and are fully machine washable, using only the highest quality wool available. Designed to be specially shaped to fit, our knitwear uses the latest technology to create the perfect pattern of stitches.

kay me’s knitwear is thick, lightweight and is super soft, keeping you cosy all winter long – popular for days out and about as well as relaxing at home.

Kimono Inspired by the Beauty of Japan

kay me’s Contemporary Kimono series is inspired by the childhood experiences of Director and lead designer Junko Kemi – influenced by her grandmother, a kimono shop owner in Osaka, and fascinated by kimono and traditional fabrics.

The Contemporary Kimono series applies patterns inspired by antique to modern dresses, and features gorgeous prints with bright colours that express kacho-fugetsu, the beauty of Japanese nature.

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Introducing… New Valentine’s Day Dresses, from kay me

New for spring 2017, we’re so happy to introduce our latest gorgeous dresses. Created with Valentine’s Day in mind, designer and founder Junko Kemi wanted to share the idea of giving yourself the perfect gift – you’re guaranteed to get exactly what you want!

Spring is also the season of cherry blossom in Japan – the delicate petals have been a source of inspiration here dating back centuries and have become an integral part of Japanese culture. Accordingly, our spring dresses have a floral theme in shades of pink, from bold magenta to pale pastel, just like cherry blossom flowers themselves.

Pink Sapphire

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Kicking off with our gorgeous new Valentine’s Day dress, Pink Sapphire features pink and purple flowers on a contrasting grey background. The double twist at the front of this dress creates stunning natural drapes that flow softly and highlight the the print design.

Maria and Amaranth

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With pink brushwork flowers on a black background, our Maria dress is as bold as it is beautiful. kay me Venus Drape dresses are made from a single piece of specially hand-printed fabric that has been carefully draped by our skilled artisans working in Japan, creating each unique piece by hand.

Stand out in our bright pink Amaranth dress, with cross-body panels designed to flatter your figure. kay me stylists recommend pairing our Amaranth dress with a white kay me jacket for a fresh spring look. Just add matching lipstick!

Cherry Flower and Optical Pink

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Perfect for spring events, our Cherry Flower dress features a lovely floral print of flowers and petals on a pale pink background. The crossover collar and asymmetric design bring to mind the elegance of traditional Japanese kimono worn and sold by brand founder Junko Kemi’s grandmother, always an inspiration here at kay me.

Keep things delicate and pastel with our Optical Pink dress. Taking its cues from classic 1960s print design in shades of pink, grey and contrasting petrol blue, this dress features asymmetric waist-gathered tucks and a gently flared skirt. Pair with a matching grey or white kay me jacket to take you from the office to any event.

See all new arrivals here.

kay me in the media – Japan

As well as a whole host of international media, kay me has also been featured in plenty of domestic Japanese papers and magazines too.

Keep reading for a small taste of kay me’s Japanese media presence…

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Nikkei Newspaper

With its professional analysis and deep insight, NIKKEI newspaper is renowned not only in Japan but globally as well.

Encompassing a variety of media and welcoming Financial Times to its group in July 2015, as a leading economic newspaper it has been constantly evolving since it was founded in 1867.

kay me was featured in the newspaper on 29th August 2015 as part of a special issue on business women’s wardrobe, and broadcasted on World Business Satellite in 2016, focusing on our global business expansion.

Women’s New Business Competition

The “Women’s New Business Competition” was launched by Development Bank of Japan Inc., (DBJ) in 2011.

With the core aim of “fostering new business by women as growing business that can make a positive change to society and economy,” DBJ has supported award winners by giving out subsidy for business to realise their business plan.

The founder of kay me, Junko Kemi proudly received “Award for the Best Female Entrepreneur” on 21st June 2016 – visitors to kay me HQ can see this award among others on display in the main office.

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WWD Japan

WWD JAPAN, published by INFAS Publications Inc., is the Japanese version of US Fairchild’s WWD (Women’s Wear Daily), a globally-recognised fashion magazine. It is the only fashion weekly magazine in Japan, and shares all the latest information on fashion business and trendy news every week.

kay me was featured on 27th July 2015, including our brand information and introduction to our future business plans.

Seihoku no Kaze

Once a year, Waseda University gives out its PR brochure, “Seihoku no Kaze” (Northwest Wind – named after the location in northwest Tokyo where the university was originally founded) to its graduates.

As well as sharing the news of the year, the brochure also introduces Waseda almuni who are now taking active roles in various fields.

The founder of kay me, Junko Kemi graduated from Waseda University in 2000, founded maojian works Inc., a consulting firm in 2007, and then launched her own fashion brand kay me in 2011.

Junko is on the special list of Waseda graduates in Seihoku no Kaze, published on 1st September 2015.

Early Spring Dresses, from kay me

Starting 2017 as we mean to go on, our new dresses are a beautiful burst of colour and florals prints that will be sure to carry you from this season to the next.

As always, kay me’s philosophy of creating a balance between elegance and practicality is at the core of every design, and we’re sure you’ll agree that our new dresses are a great start to 2017.

Bold prints – Elena and Charlotte

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Already a hit in Tokyo, our two new printed dresses for early spring 2017 are named Charlotte and Elena. Charlotte is available in our super-flattering venus drape style, with bold monotone graphic print making a statement for the season, while Elena’s expressive blue flowers on black base colour in our signature cache-coeur style brings a touch of edginess to kay me’s elegant femininity.

Print contrast dresses – Charlotte, Blue Botanical and Navy Dot

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Beloved by businesswomen in our Tokyo home, our print contrast dresses feature printed tops with plain skirts. With the appearance of separates but actually a single item, these dresses take the stress out of getting ready in the morning – simple add coordinating kay me jacket and go!

The prints in this collection feature the bold graphics of our Charlotte dress, the chicness of polka dots and a special reworking of of our London-inspired Holland Park print for our new Blue Botanical dress.

See all new arrivals here.