What to wear to… a presentation

For a presentation or pitch, preparation is key!

But once you’ve memorised what you want to say and brainstormed potential questions, there comes the inevitable question: what should I wear?

As kay me founder Junko Kemi is no stranger to public speaking, you can be sure that kay me clothing is perfectly suited to pitching – our easy-care fabrics are crease-resistant and machine washable, as well as soft and stretchy, making sure you look and feel your best when it comes to the crunch.

To find the presentation outfit that works for you, we’ve broken our styles into three groups based on your goal. Keep reading below and discover your new favourite go-to outfit…

I want to… stand out from the crowd

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Choose bright colors to make yourself the center of everyone’s attention. This technique is great for creatives and those who aren’t shy about playing with color.

Try our dresses with pretty frilled blouses in bright pink and mustard for an eye-catching look that will make sure all eyes stay fixed on you.

I want to… celebrate my femininity

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For situations when you wish to highlights your feminine side, pick our pretty pastels and pale colors, for suit separates as well as print dresses.

Mix and match dresses, jackets, skirts and tops to create different looks, and explore different fabrics including lace and chiffon.

I want to… inspire confidence

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Far from somber and dull, kay me’s darker tones, such as navy and charcoal gray, are available in a variety of fabrics including our washable wool which has a beautiful soft shine to the weave.

To change things up, pair with long cardigans for a more relaxed style, or our frilled jackets for a sculptural touch.

Discover more clothing suggestions for presentation and pitches on our newly-relaunched online store!

Introducing: kay me bags for business and every day

Here at kay me in Tokyo, we’re incredibly excited to share our wonderful new range of original bags and pouches, designed and made in Japan by kay me.

Our bags are available for pre-order now, with shipping in early November – mark your calendar now!

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As you may already be aware, the story of kay me starts with founder and lead designer Junko Kemi’s search for stylish and functional business wear that was also comfortable and suitable for many situations. We’re very happy to say that our bags are no different – after extensive research, design and testing, we’re now ready to share our amazing bags with the world!

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First in the line-up is our two-way business bag, which can be worn as a rucksack for commuting or carried as a handbag when meeting with clients.

This bag is specially designed to sit slightly higher on the back, alleviating extra pressure on the back.

Available in silver, taupe, navy, red, white, pink Tassel, and white Tassel.

 

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Our PC bag can also be worn as a cross-by bag, or carried as a handbag.

Fitting laptops up to 13 inches as well as A4 papers, the inside features a special pocket to ensure computers and electronics are kept safe and secure.

Available in taupe, navy, red, white, silver, white Tassel and pink Tassel.

 

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Next is our tote bag, also with different strap options for carrying.

A deceptively roomy design this bag also features a D-ring inside that attaches to our essentials case.

The perfect accompaniment to our business and PC bags, our Japanese customers love carrying these tote bags with matching and even contrasting larger kay me bags.

Available in red, taupe, navy, white, silver, white Tassel and pink Tassel.

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Last but not least are our pouches in large and small sizes, and our essentials cases.

kay me pouches have an especially wide mouth to ensure that every item inside can be easily found, and our essentials case comes complete with a clip that attaches to any other kay me bag for safety and security.

Pouches available in large and small sizes, in gold, silver, white Tassel and pink Tassel.

Essentials cases available in taupe, navy, white, red, silver, white Tassel and pink Tassel.

All our bags and pouches are made from top-quality faux-leather, ensuring that no animals are harmed at any point of production. This faux-leather is soft and durable, and waterproof too. The straps for our bags contain a foam-like material, making them extra soft and comfortable to wear for long hours or when carrying heavy items.

Inside our pouches you’ll find an extra zipped pocket, and as well as a special laptop holder inside our PC bag and business, you’ll also see outer side pockets too.

To learn more about the development behind kay me me bags, click here to discover the full story.

Click here to see all bags.

Discover kay me Riders Jackets’ Four Key Features

Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we’re excited to show off our latest collection of riders jackets, specially made in Japan and designed for those on the go. With three colours to choose from, taupe, grey and ivory, our riders jackets can be worn with everything from our washable knitwear and suit set ups to feminine floral dresses. Add a little edge to your outfit with an instant dash of classic biker style!

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Stretchy

Unlike traditional materials, our new riders jackets are made from soft, stretchy and flexible fabrics: everything from the lining and stitching to the outer faux-leather is made to move and bend and flex with you.

These jackets are so comfortable, you can even try out a few yoga poses in them – that’s how we tested them in the atelier!

 

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Washable

One of the key concepts behind kay me was the idea that all items could be easily washed at home, thus eliminating expensive dry-cleaning bills. Our riders jackets are no exception, and be popped in the washing machine at your convenience (please see the tags for detailed instructions).

These jackets are also waterproof, making them a great choice for changeable weather in autumn and beyond.

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Made in Japan

Proudly supporting the Japanese sewing industry, and local expert craftspeople here in Tokyo, our riders jackets are also made in Japan.

The vast majority of kay me items are created individually in Tokyo, with a few other collections created outside the city, such as our soft knitwear, woven in Kanazawa on the coast of Japan.

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Design

Reimagined for the modern woman, our riders jackets take on classic biker elements, such as the distinctive zip, notched collar and cuff details.

Using 3D patterning technology, we redesigned our jackets to specially move with you as you go about your day, and to create a more feminine and compact silhouette.

 

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Print story – Instagram-worthy pink!

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team again!

Today I’d like to share with you a little about the development behind our Tassel print in pink. You may recognise it from my previous post here!

By the way, from now until the end of the year, we often have a lot of formal events to attend, right? I have to mention that kay me prints are always popular for this type of occasion.

Consider bold pink, the perfect colour for gorgeous situations!

When we say pink, the tonal range is quite broad, beginning with light shades, adding a little touch of blue, and gradually increasing the saturation. Here’s an example of some of the variations we made for consideration:

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It’s a challenge to balance the colors correctly, as even just changing the tone of the flower gradation will also change the impression. If we make it too dark, it looks very strange to me!

In the atelier team, we always check our print colors against our team’s skin to see how the color reflects. If it looks good on many people, we know it’s a good choice for our customers too.

Here’s the final print colour we chose, with a touch of bordeaux for the flowers for a more grown-up feeling:

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Here at kay me in Tokyo, both pink dresses and floral dresses are always popular, so I’m really excited about this pink floral dress! I recommend wearing our Lovely Tassel print with white kay me knitwear and jackets, and lots of sparkling accessories too.

Until next time… Yuko.

Three ways to wear florals this autumn

As follow up to our popular post featuring top tips on how to wear florals in the office, kay me stylists are back and ready to share with you three easy ways to wear florals in the fall season.

While summer suits bright colours and bold prints, and certainly we have no shortage of these at kay me, autumn provides us with a more mellow colour palette and chance to explore a softer side to our favourite florals…

With darker colours

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(Tribal black, Monotone leaf piping, Iris waist-gathered)

With the nights drawing in week by week, bring out the richer tones in our floral prints by pairing them with darker colours. Wear our Tribal Black venus drape dress with our cropped black bolero cardigan, and our Monotone Leaf piping dress with wool skirt and contrasting top with matching black tailored jacket. To bring our richness of the navy, our super stretchy Japanese indigo denim jacket is a great partner to our charming Iris dress.

Tailored jackets in black and navy are never out of style, and kay me’s easy-care fabrics can be washed and worn as often as you like.

With neutrals

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(Plume sack, Shisa terrace, Safari sunset)

For a modern look, try wearing darker floral prints with lighter colours to add contrast to your outfit. Our Shisa Terrace and Safari Sunset prints feature autumnal shades that capture the colours of the season here in Japan, and our Plume dress in grey watercolour tones is a grown-up take on a traditional floral design. Our stylists paired these items with our pure white lace stole and simple white knitwear to bring out the contrast present in these prints.

Discover more ways to wear our handmade stoles for every occasion.

As a contemporary kimono

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(Tokiwa midori 100% silk, Japan wrap, Otsukimi purple)

As with all aspects of traditional Japanese culture, from food to written greetings, kimono are seasonal too. Our top pick has to be our signature Otsukimi purple dress, named after the Japanese traditional of moon-viewing that takes place in October – just add mochi (rice cakes)! For a more dramatic look, try our Japan wrap dress in bold red, gold and black with distinctive kimono-style collar, or our patented washable silk dresses, such as Tokiwa Midori.

Learn more about the unique story behind our silk.

Autumn travel wear, from kay me

Our new travel capsule collection is now available online and in stores – where you will you wear yours?

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Inspired by the idea of an outfit that was as comfortable as pyjamas but elegant enough to wear from the airplane to the hotel, kay me founder Junko Kemi created our new hoodies and long dresses with this concept at the forefront of her mind.

From her history of traveling throughout Japan in her previous role as a consultant, to founding and designing kay me requiring international travel during the year, Junko is an expert when it comes to clothing that combines functionality with style.

Indeed, this was one of the principles that kay me was built on, and remains close to our heart today.

Our new hoodies and dresses both feature our original Petit print in navy and lavender, hand-painted in France with beautifully delicate watercolour flowers in shades of purple.

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Our travel dresses are available in pretty Petit Lavender print, as well as denim blue and grey, and feature a maxi-length skirt with soft mermaid flare and asymmetric seams that flatter the body. Made from the softest of materials, move with ease and grace, and pair with sneakers for days on the go.

Choose from our new ‘first class’ parkers in Petit Navy and Petit Lavender print, as well as white and navy. All hoodies feature luxurious satin ribbons and side and sleeve stretchy rib detail, as well as our exciting original zip pulls with the new kay me rose logo.

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Level up your travel style by mixing and matching our long dresses and parkers with kay me t-shirts and long skirts, and don’t forget to check our travel category for more made in Japan clothing that’s elegant and practical no matter where you’re going.

Print story – Iris and Lavender

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

Today I’m here to tell you all about our new original floral print…

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In early July, we held a special anniversary party to commemorate the opening of our Shinjuku store and club lounge, and seven years of kay as a company. As well as a lovely speech from kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi, we also previewed some of our new autumn collection, including this popular new print….

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Lavender! It’s an elegant and pretty flower bouquet print, available in soft pink with purple flowers.

How about another colour? Well, we tried a few other variations, aren’t they all so charming?

Of course, we chose a navy version too! Although kay me has many popular navy prints, our Iris design with blue flowers has quite a different taste. It’s very fresh, and might be my favourite!

This new print comes directly from a French workshop, where they create beautiful watercolours by hand especially for kay me.

In the print world, various elements including design, method, colour and material are combined to make the finished look. It’s so deep and interesting.

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(Iris waist-gathered dress, Lavender waist-gathered dress, Iris side-drape dress)

Naturally, the dress designer also plays a large role – the same print in the hands of two designers will look totally different…

We just love our original prints!

Until next time… Yuko.

Print story – tassel flowers

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

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This time, I’d like to share with you the story behind our new dynamic Tassel Flower print, an elegant pattern with core strength that shines through.

Now available in kay me stores, this print has proved to be very popular – thank you so much, and I’m glad you like it as much as I do!

I likened this design to a lady leading a busy life: she’s dynamic and you can really feel her strength when she walks into a room.

Capture the feeling of our original print and channel the energy and dynamism of this lady – energetic brushstrokes create petal-like patterns and use a variety of tones.

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This print is available in cool black and white in our Venus drape style made from a single piece of draped fabric, and also our daily dress with ribbon tie to define your waist.

In pretty prink, our new print is available in our ribbon dress style, with a front bust twist that feels light and feminine. A great choice for the summer!

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Style with stretchy tailored suit jackets for the office, or with our special Japan-made knitwear for elegant evenings.

Stay cool in the heat…

Until next time… Yuko.