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.