kay me Knitwear and Pure Wool

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder – here at kay me HQ we’re wrapping up warm in our beautifully-made knitwear and wool items. All handmade in Japan with our knits coming exclusively from Niigata in northern Japan and Kanazawa, kay me is here to help you cosy up this autumn and winter.

Following our philosophy of comfort, style and easy-care, all our knitwear is soft and stretchy, and washable at home with no need to iron, meaning more time to focus on what’s important to you.

Knit Tops and Cardigans

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Sparkle and shine in our turtlenecks, available in charcoal grey and off-white, perfect for layering with kay me skirt and jacket. Add a taste of Japanese glamour with our long cardigans in black and off-white, knitted in Kanazawa and featuring a draped collar inspired by Japanese robes. Pair our boleros in black and white with pretty shawl collar with any kay me dress for an effortless day to night look.

Knit Dresses

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In pink, grey and black, our Milano rib wool dresses can be dresses up for the office or down for the weekend with just a simple change of accessories. For a more dramatic style, try our rich wool dresses in navy and light grey with V-neck and stunning waist detailing and painstakingly-placed pleats.

Rich Wool Suits

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In pure rich wool, our suits in navy, light grey, light beige and black for autumn and winter are a great way to keep warm at work and while commuting. Soft, warm and stretchy, there’s no need to worry about rain as our suits are also washable and drip dry. Wear the jackets with a matching skirt for weekday elegance, mix and match colours to ring the changes, or pair with a printed kay me dress for easy style in any weather.

Shine in kay me Select Scarves

Following on from our first exclusive range of handmade scarves specially chosen by kay me Junko Kemi, we’re very excited to share our new line-up for autumn and winter 2017. Hand sewn in India by a family-run atelier known for creating scarves for Maharajas, and with pure cashmere, delicate lace and sparkling sequins, there’s a scarf for everyone and every occasion!

Lace Scarves

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A top favourite of Junko Kemi, our scarf in a wool and silk blend is available in a blue gradation from light to dark, with matching hand-dyed lace. Junko can be spotted around our Ginza head office in Tokyo wearing this scarf, as well as travelling on the shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka. New for autumn 2017, our lace scarf is also on sale in light grey, with our grey and pink version having sold out instantly!

Cashmere Scarves

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Take your pick from bold fuchsia pink and cool turquoise for our 100% cashmere pashmina scarves. This extra-large style is light and soft, making it the perfect accessory for brightening your day. Pair with a kay me suit for work, or a patterned dress for weekends in the city.

Sequin Scarves

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Bring sparkle to your special events – from dinner dates to popping to the shops! – with our glamorous silk and wool blend scarves in navy, silver and champagne gold with wide sequin band. Wear with matching tones of blue, silver and gold, or try a contrasting look for a glittering season.

These scarves make wondering gifts for someone special in your life, as well as a treat for yourself, needless to say…

Print Story – Kimono and the Beauty of Nature in Japan

Hello everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team here. Today I’d like to tell you about our kimono prints…

As you may already know, kay me founder Junko Kemi’s grandmother ran a kimono boutique in Osaka for many years, and being around these beautiful patterns from a young age really inspired Junko.

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Here at kay me, we have many ‘wa’ () Japanese taste prints and designs, including our Belvedere and Quiet Garden dresses (above), both with prints from genuine antique kimono.

We also tasked an award-winning design company based in London to create their own kimono-inspired prints. I’m working through many ideas right now…

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Our Otsukimi Purple jersey dress is inspired by Japanese moon viewing nights, and is soft, stretchy and washable at home – much more convenient than a traditional kimono, but with all the elegance and refined style of Japanese dress.

Personally, I love kimono!

But, it’s even better to be wear it easily, isn’t it?

 

With our stunning Contemporary Kimono dresses, you can feel the beauty of Japanese natural aesthetics every day.

Looking forward to next time… Yuko.

kay me Colours for Autumn and Winter 2017

Here at kay me HQ, we love choosing which colours to focus on for each season. As always, we’re very inspired by Japan, and the changing seasons allow us to explore both trendy and favourite colours.

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Our pretty shades for autumn and winter 2017 are a great way to expand your wardrobe in a thoughtful way, as each pair well not only with each other but also with other neutrals, solid colours and prints.

Navy

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Many of our kay me best-sellers are navy, and it’s no surprise – this versatile dark blue pairs beautifully with white and cream for the summer and with caramel and pink for a splash of autumnal colour. This season brings our lovely A-line coat in navy wool, as well as our popular stretchy suits in rich wool, and new prints too.

Discover our navy dresses and navy items.

Pink

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Bold and bright or pretty and pastel? At kay me, we’re always in the pink and we’ve got you covered with florals and geometric prints, as well as solid colour dresses that are just as great for the morning commute as well as for evening events with just a quick accessories change. Autumn will find both lipstick pinks and soft pastels coming soon.

See all pink dresses.

Grey

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From knitwear to princess coat-dresses, and from silver to dark charcoal, there’s a grey for everyone. Grey doesn’t have to be cold: wear with navy and rich bordeaux for warmth or white and lilac for cool beauty. Add a kay me Select scarf and warm underdress for extra layers on chilly days.

Click here for grey dresses and knitwear.

Print Story – Finding the Right Fabric

Hello everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team again…

Today I’d like to talk about something a little different – combining the print with the textile.

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Even though it’s tough to balance different fabrics and knits, prints are a way to really express yourself freely!

It’s important to distinguish between different methods – we change the printing method depending on the compatibility between the design and materials.

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We always want to highlight the beauty and delicacy of our weaving and knitting, so one version will use overlapping screen-printing, such as for our stretchy tweed on textured fabric (above).

For long-lasting colours with natural tones like our watercolour-inspired Bella print (left), we use inkjet printing.

 

The finish also depends on which fabric is being printed on. The textile is pure white before printing, but the differences in knitting methods can be seen when the print is applied. Although it’s a subtle difference, the colours look slightly different. We have to choose the best match between fabric and print style.

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(Coming soon!)

Even though I imagine what the finished print will look like, it often looks different! I have to make many adjustments and create prototypes for every new print design.

All this hard work means that we can share our prints with the world with confidence!

Looking forward to next time… Yuko.

Find all kay me’s unique prints patterns on our Print Gallery page.