Discover new stoles from kay me Select

Our latest range of world-class luxury artisan made scarves is now available here at kay me!

Continuing our kay me Select line, founder Junko Kemi travelled to India to visit the atelier responsible for hand-weaving, dyeing and embellishing our beautiful stoles. Narrowing down the choice to just 6 lines was a tough choice, but we’re confident that you’ll find a scarf for every occasion…

Lace jacquard stoles

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Always popular in Tokyo, our amazing lace jacquard scarves feature layers of lace, gauze and jacquard fabric, all handwoven together on a specialist loom, ensuring the reverse looks just as beautiful as the front.

Delicate beading and sequin details compliment the rich design.

Choose from sakura late, olive grey and indigo shades.

Silk-wool stoles

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Our new stoles are a lovely soft blend of silk and pure wool, light and soft but lovely to wear on chilly days.

To create the stunning ombre effect, scarves are dip dyed in dark then light colours, with the overlap being hand-brushed to ensure a smooth blend between the two shades.

Choose from purple, grey, blue and pink options.

I-lace gradation stoles

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Using ‘shibori’ tie-dye techniques also found in Japan, the lace for these unusual scarves is expertly painted with a variety of dyes in complimentary and contrasting colours creating a unique effect every time.

The diamond weave fabric layer behind the central lace panel is removed, making for a light and semi-transparent look.

Choose from plum (off-white), marigold (blue) and coral (grey) stoles.

100% cashmere butterfly stoles

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The loose weave of this 100% cashmere scarf is so incredibly soft we can’t keep our hands off it!

The secret is in the brushing of the knit which leads to the felting of extra soft fibres. Take flight with the hand-placed crystal butterflies, with each crystal added individually for a subtly unique finish.

Choose from pink, blue-grey, grey and camel tones.

Lace gradation stoles

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Will you choose a matching or contrasting ombre effect?

The lace and diamond weave silk-wool base of our gradation scarves are dyed separately then painstakingly hand sewn together using the smallest of hand-stitches. Just like our silk-wool stoles, the fabric is brushed wet to create the final soft effect.

Choose from powder blue and ivory scarves.

Aubergine 100% cashmere motif stole

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Last by no means least is our luxurious 100% cashmere stole in rich aubergine purple.

This scarf features a series of original Indian floral designs picked out in crystals, and is a wonderful way to add that special finishing touch to an outfit for an exceptional evening.

Introducing… Elegant Silk Dresses, from kay me

Perfect for party season, our 100% silk dresses are the ultimate in Japan-made luxury. Fully machine washable with no compromise on kay me’s handmade standards, our silk dresses feature unique prints you won’t find anywhere else and flattering cuts to show off your style.

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Fall in love with our elegant and eye-catching silk party dresses…

Jupiter

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Reach for the stars in Jupiter, our fabulous gold silk dress. Watercolour-like flowers burst from the background and the print placement for all our silk party dresses has been influenced by authentic Japanese kimono traditions. kay me silk uses double the amount of threads as the standard, making for a more luxurious feel and weight to our silk.

Cosmo

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Pretty in pink, our Cosmo dress is both feminine and fun, great for special events at any time of the year paired with a light jacket or knit bolero. Fully machine washable, our silk dresses use special patented printing techniques to ensure colours stay sharp and strong for longer.

Labyrinth

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Dramatic purple silk with contrasting teal flowers and dark pinwheel patterns make our Labyrinth dress a wonderful option for those who like their elegance with a large splash of glamour. As with all kay me dresses, each piece of each dress is carefully hand cut and matched by our team of skilled artisans working here in Tokyo, to ensure a beautiful finish every time.

Black Rose

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Proving to be this season’s hit in Tokyo, our Black Rose silk dress is simply stunning paired with striking red high heels that capture the passion of this beautiful print. This fuss-free dress looks wonderful on its own, and our crease-free premium washable silk means you can relax and enjoy yourself this festive season.

See all our party-ready silk dresses here.

Florals for Winter, from kay me

Here at kay me, we love a beautiful floral print, so much so that we’re not ones to reserve our flowers only for spring and summer! We’re happy to introduce our new winter florals, three dresses that capture kay me’s lovely original prints and are a great choice this winter season.

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(Crisantemo, Tiny Flower, Rose Labyrinth)

First up is our super Cristantemo dress in kay me signature cache-coeur style, featuring a flower print inspired by traditional Japanese family crests. The circular shapes contrast with the wood-block style petals, and the indigo shade is one found in ancient dyeing techniques found in Japan. Made from double-faced fabrics, this dress is guaranteed to keep you warm this winter – pair with our stretchy white faux-leather biker jacket to contrast traditional and modernity in one outfit.

Our Tiny Flower print dress is a firm favourite at kay me HQ this winter, with the small print just the right side of busy, and lending itself well to coordinating with our knit bolero in black and grey with matching tights, or with bold coloured tights for a more casual setting. As with our Crisantemo dress, our Tiny Flower dress is also made from extra-warm fabrics with the reverse in plain black.

Finally, our Rose Labyrinth dress sees traditional Japanese indigo meeting a more fluid floral design. The mix of positive and negative roses make for a striking print that’s just as beautiful in the office as at outside events – this is certainly a desk-to-dinner dress that makes for a fuss-free day.

As with all kay me items, these dresses are also machine washable and crease-resistant, and fully responsibly handmade here in Japan.

New Knitwear, from kay me

Welcome to the second part of our knit collection for autumn and winter 2017, with even more cosy knitwear perfect for these cold months…

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(Grey turtleneck dress, Tower Bridge dress, faux-leather and knit biker jacket)

We’ve added two more dresses to our popular knit line (see our introduction here), with our new charcoal grey turtleneck dress made from high quality super soft lambswool made here in Japan to the top standards that kay me is known for. Fully machine washable like all our knitwear, this style can easily be paired with tights and boots and a kay me jacket for a classic winter look. Our Tower Bridge dress is also made from lambswool and features bold graphic lines in contrasting shades of grey, and is inspired by Junko Kemi’s adventures in London, visiting the city for business and finding her own hidden treasures in the UK capital. Tower Bridge has a flattering funnel neck, and is the star of the show with either boots or pumps.

Both dresses are shown here with our fantastic faux-leather and knit biker jacket in black – the perfect update on a modern classic that combines style with practicality. Zipped up or left open, this biker jacket is just as soft, stretchy and comfortable to wear as you can expect from kay me – an instant way to elevate your outfit.

Time to Shine… with kay me

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We love our new suit jackets and skirts, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the hand-crafted structural peplum that makes our peplum jacket so special.

The kay me design team went through several rounds of the design process to make the perfect peplum, with founder and brand leader Junko Kemi not resting until her dream of the ultimate peplum jacket was fulfilled. We’re sure you’ll agree that our peplum is pretty as well as practical, with hidden closures giving the elegant lines of the tailored jacket a lovely fit and flare, and a back pocket on the skirt for small essentials. The carefully placed darts and panels of the jacket emphasise the shape of the peplum, making this a stand-out addition to any workwear or special occasion wardrobe.

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Take a closer look at the peplum jackets and skirts you’ll notice a subtle sheen to the fabric, as well as an understated leopard print pattern woven directly in. As with all kay me items, from knitwear to printed dresses to underdresses, this mini collection is fully machine washable and drip-dry, with no need for ironing.

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The new kay me peplum suits are available in a pale pink (jacketskirt) and dark navy (jacketskirt), making them a great and versatile addition to your kay me wardrobe. Needless to say that these suits also follow the core kay me philosophy of being stretchy, elegant made in Japan and so comfortable to wear!

Introducing… Japan-made Knitwear, from kay me

With the leaves changing from green to gold and the nights getting cooler, it’s safe to say that autumn has arrived here in Tokyo. Hot on the heels of summer, autumn is a time for reflection before the upcoming winter season, and the perfect time to explore a new season of wardrobe additions.

New for autumn 2016 is kay me’s Japan-made knitwear, available as boleros, knit tops and fabulous dresses, the first part of our knitwear collection for autumn/winter with more coming soon.

Knit Dresses

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Staring with our wonderful knit Blousing dress, this black and white dress is a great addition to any closet with office wear in mind. The skirt features a soft thick knit, with an elasticated waist and looser top allowing you to style the dress in a number of ways. Simply add a kay me jacket and you’re ready for work in an instant!

Our Milan Rib knit dresses in pink, grey and black are an excellent choice for any casual occasion. The v-neck and long sleeves make them perfect for laying with other knit items, and all three dresses feature handy pockets that are great for stashing small essential items such as train tickets, mobile phones and keys.

Made from a specially selected wool and acrylic blend, our knit dresses are soft, study and fully machine washable.

Boleros and Tops

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A staple in any closet, our new season boleros are available in both off-white and black, pictured with our Milan Rib knit dresses. Featuring long sleeves and a slightly cropped cut, these boleros are a brilliant match with any kay me dress, and great for chilly evenings.

Our signature cache-coeur style gets a knit makeover as versatile off-white and grey tops, with deep crossover drapes that create an incredibly flattering figure. Made from New Zealand merino wool and handmade here in Japan, these cache-coeur knit tops are so soft and cosy you’ll be glad to see the cold weather!

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Release Your Inner Animal – New Season Dresses from kay me

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For the new autumn winter season, kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi wanted to explore an edgy side to the feminine shapes and cuts of the dresses we adore at kay me. Inspired by exotic animals, our new mini-collection embraces a seductive aesthetic, while still maintaining the instant elegance that kay me is known and loved for.

Take a walk on the wild side and say hello to three of our latest dresses, handmade in Tokyo from specially selected materials for cooler temperatures and with our signature double-printed fabrics that not only wash and wear incredibly well but also feature prints that will have you rushing to share your new favourite dress with the world.

Cherry Python

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Just as stunning from far away as close up, our Cherry Python dress demands attention. A delicate lace style pattern in pinks, greys and golds becomes a snake-like print with a trick of the eye. The beautiful range of tones in this dress are perfect for the autumn season and make this dress easy to pair with other colours including black, grey and even metallics.

Sunset Giraffe

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Long eyelashes and even longer legs – capture the essence of the giraffe’s grace with our charming Sunset Giraffe print. A bold design that is striking in its simplicity, the cache-coeur style and flared skirt of this dress keep the silhouette feminine and flowing for daily wear. Keep things simple with neutral tones, or play up your dramatic side by emphasising the burnt orange colour.

Town Panther

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A chic take on animal prints, Town Panther’s monochrome print is versatile enough to work for the office as well as for evening and weekend events too. One of our most popular styles, our wrap dresses really are an outfit all by themselves – just add accessories and a jacket and away you go on your next adventure! All kay me wrap dresses also feature our hidden tab and button to ensure that you remain safe and secure all day.


See all of our wild and wonderful dresses here, and keep in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for even more coming soon.

New Botanical prints from kay me

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Get ready to explore lush vegetation and intricate flower patterns with our latest mini-collection inspired by all things botanical. New for the autumn/winter 2016 season, these dresses feature rich vibrant colours that take full advantage of the advanced double printing techniques used on all kay me dresses, ensuring that colours stay strong after multiple washes.

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Our botanical mini-collection has two main prints: Blue Mucha – a bold and striking royal blue and black design with various baroque-style flowers against a latticework pattern, and Y-genic, a modern realistic style print with vivid red tropical flowers contrasted with green leaves on a black background.

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Blue Mucha is available in both wrap dress and waist-gathered style, with Y-genic as a wrap dress. Both stylish wrap dresses feature bracelet-length sleeves, and utilise slightly heavier fabric for the wrap skirt creating a subtly more defined silhouette, as well as our special hidden tab and button to keep you safe and secure in your wrap dress. Our lovely waist-gathered dress has elbow-length sleeves and a moderately flared hem to take full advantage of the original print.

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Pair these dresses with a simple chic kay me jacket for effortless office style, and with our stretch denim jacket or washable faux-leather jacket for weekend wear with a difference.

Introducing… The New Tweed, from kay me

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Tweed fabric has its roots firmly in the wild Scottish highlands, but how can you update a traditional material for the modern world?

Here at kay me HQ in Tokyo, we’ve found the perfect way to celebrate beautiful traditional tweeds in a way that works for busy city life. Introducing the new tweed: It’s light, it’s stretchy and it’s machine washable – of course it’s kay me!

kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi wanted to capture how sentimental tweed makes us feel and celebrate the wonderful British history of the fabric, as well as offering a practical solution to stiff and itchy old-fashioned woollen weaves.

Enter kay me’s tweed: printed using our specialist artisan techniques in Tokyo on beautifully textured cloth, this is tweed for a new generation. As with all kay me items, everything is machine washable, non-iron, non-crease and incredibly stretchy and soft. We only use the highest quality Japanese materials, both natural and man-made, in order to ensure that every kay me piece lives up to the highest standards of quality production and longevity.

kay me tweed is available in two beautiful colours:

Tweed Stretch Bolero and Dress in Mocha Pink

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Eat your heart out, Paris! Pretty in pink, and possibly the most perfect outfit for strolling around the French capital, our mocha pink tweed has been a big hit in Tokyo this season. The bolero features a standing notched collar with pale pink lining throughout, and bracelet-length sleeves that can be rolled up for instant chic. Pair the dress with black and white accessories – croissants not included.

Tweed Stretch Bolero and Dress in Navy

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Classic colours get a boost for 2016 with our lovely navy tweed jacket and dress, a great match together or as separates with white, plain navy, black and even grey. The dress is V-neck with a structured style, back zip and two side pockets that are the ideal size for stashing small-size essentials such as a mobile phone or compact mirror. Enjoy a meal at a cafe, brunch on the lawn and of course work at the office in style.

See all tweed items here.

Introducing… The New kay me Contemporary KIMONO Line for 2016

Looking to bring a little Japanese ‘wa’ to your wardrobe?

kay me’s Contemporary KIMONO line has been updated for 2016, with five beautiful new dresses designed and made in Japan especially for the coming season.
Our Contemporary KIMONO dresses are a great choice for every autumn event, from weddings and parties to evenings occasions at home or abroad. Stand out from the crowd with an elegant touch of authentic Japanese style.

kay me CEO and lead designer Junko Kemi explained her inspiration for the new mini-collection, saying that she wanted to explore geometric and floral motifs along with traditional kimono worn specially for auspicious events.

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Ai Michelle

Delicate white flowers bloom on a dark teal background on our waist-gathered Ai Michelle dress, with just the right amount of petals picked out in a contrasting shade of orange-red. Highlight this lovely detail with a pair of red shoes (and lipstick to match!), or create a bright and timeless look with a white jacket and accessories.

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Aka Michelle

Bringing warmth to any day, come rain or shine, the beautiful Aka Michelle dress is certain to become a holiday favourite. Handmade gathers at the waist and the gently flared skirt compliment the flowing orange and white florals and the soft grey of the print background. Add metallics for a modern city style, or neutral tones for the ultimate in glamour.

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Toki Michelle

Taking direct inspiration from real antique kimono patterns, Toki Michelle is available in 100% silk jersey in our cache-coeur style. Our patented luxury easy-care fabrics are the height of sophistication, reinforced by the rich floral pattern on pink background. Take advantage of the cache-coeur cut and tie the ribbon any way you like – our kay me stylist recommends trying out a Japan-influenced obi-belt look.

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Edo Murasaki

A favourite of Junko Kemi, our Edo Murasaki 100% silk dress is influenced by traditional Japanese colours and patterns dating from the Edo era (1603 – 1868) – the geometric design is offset by the mauve mallow flowers placed specially to echo the print position on kimono.
Junko also wore this dress to accept the first place in the Development Bank of Japan’s Women Entrepreneur Center awards – it’s become a hit in our Japanese stores!

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Tokiwa Midori

Our Tokiwa Midori dress is available in 100% silk in kay me’s stunning asymmetrical gathered style, highlighting the pattern placement. Orange and teal leaves fan out against the soft drapes and bold graphics of this design, based on authentic imagery used in Japan for auspicious occasions. Add statement shoes to take this dress effortlessly from day to night.

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Shop the Contemporary KIMONO line here, with free global shipping (customs duties included) for all kay me customers.

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