From grandmother to daughter to granddaughter – kay me’s new Coral Water and Ice Water dresses have a long history that begins with a gift…
As kay me fans may already know, brand founder and lead designer Junko Kemi’s grandmother ran a kimono boutique in Osaka, west Japan, packed with beautiful handmade kimono in seasonal colours and patterns. The story of our two new dresses starts with a special present, a lovely silk kimono in blush pink tones with contrasting mustard and green shades in a brushwork print, that was given by Junko’s grandmother to Junko’s mother for her wedding.
Reminiscing on kimono, Junko says, “Growing up I didn’t see my mother wearing kimono so much… She had many beautiful kimono from my grandmother but everything was like new even thought she was given it 45 years ago!
“I often saw the kimono pattern and fabric but couldn’t wear it either – it’s mottainai (a bit of a waste) for both my mother and grandmother, so I felt motivated to do something.”
This beloved kimono became the direct inspiration for the Coral Water and Ice Water dresses – now transformed from traditional clothing into easy-to-wear and care for dresses that meet the needs of modern women. There’s no compromise here: kay me dresses are handmade in Japan, use top quality materials that can be washed and drip-dried, and are soft and stretchy and move with you all day.
“I would like to see my mother wearing this kimono, but she was too busy looking after us, so I decided to make into a dress so she can wear it easily. When we were taking photos of this dress I sent her a message to see if she recognised her kimono!”, laughs Junko.
Our Coral Water dress keeps the original pink colour tones of the original kimono, while our Ice Water dress gets a make-over with cool blues and touches of grey and purple – perfect for the office, and evening summer events.
Junko recommends pairing both of these dresses with white kay me knitwear, or a white kay me jacket for workdays or more formal events. Speaking at a recent conference, Junko chose to wear Coral Water with our white tailored jacket and matching white pumps, effortlessly updating the kimono given by her grandmother to her mother into a dress that’s perfectly suited for a thoroughly contemporary situation.
Fall in love with our gorgeous Coral Water and Ice Water dresses, and become part of their special history and heritage today.
(For purchase enquiries, please contact email@example.com – the kay me team is looking forward to hearing from you!)