In the Media – ACCJ Journal

A wonderful interview Junko Kemi was recently featured in the American Chamber of Commerce Japan’s Journal:

My background is in marketing and consulting, but I was always aware that, at the root of all market analysis, is the Japanese phrase ishokuju, meaning the necessities of life: food, clothing, and shelter. When you look at Tokyo, there may be a lot of fashion, but that is the way it should be. It is as important and necessary as food and shelter.

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Read the full interview here.

kay me in the media – Japan

As well as a whole host of international media, kay me has also been featured in plenty of domestic Japanese papers and magazines too.

Keep reading for a small taste of kay me’s Japanese media presence…

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Nikkei Newspaper

With its professional analysis and deep insight, NIKKEI newspaper is renowned not only in Japan but globally as well.

Encompassing a variety of media and welcoming Financial Times to its group in July 2015, as a leading economic newspaper it has been constantly evolving since it was founded in 1867.

kay me was featured in the newspaper on 29th August 2015 as part of a special issue on business women’s wardrobe, and broadcasted on World Business Satellite in 2016, focusing on our global business expansion.

Women’s New Business Competition

The “Women’s New Business Competition” was launched by Development Bank of Japan Inc., (DBJ) in 2011.

With the core aim of “fostering new business by women as growing business that can make a positive change to society and economy,” DBJ has supported award winners by giving out subsidy for business to realise their business plan.

The founder of kay me, Junko Kemi proudly received “Award for the Best Female Entrepreneur” on 21st June 2016 – visitors to kay me HQ can see this award among others on display in the main office.

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WWD Japan

WWD JAPAN, published by INFAS Publications Inc., is the Japanese version of US Fairchild’s WWD (Women’s Wear Daily), a globally-recognised fashion magazine. It is the only fashion weekly magazine in Japan, and shares all the latest information on fashion business and trendy news every week.

kay me was featured on 27th July 2015, including our brand information and introduction to our future business plans.

Seihoku no Kaze

Once a year, Waseda University gives out its PR brochure, “Seihoku no Kaze” (Northwest Wind – named after the location in northwest Tokyo where the university was originally founded) to its graduates.

As well as sharing the news of the year, the brochure also introduces Waseda almuni who are now taking active roles in various fields.

The founder of kay me, Junko Kemi graduated from Waseda University in 2000, founded maojian works Inc., a consulting firm in 2007, and then launched her own fashion brand kay me in 2011.

Junko is on the special list of Waseda graduates in Seihoku no Kaze, published on 1st September 2015.

In the Media – Sophie’s Japan Blog

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Junko Kemi was recently interviewed by Sophie of Sophie’s Japan Blog about how she kick-started kay me and her inspiration behind the brand – Junko also had some wise words for budding fashion designers:

Become knowledgeable and experienced in business first. Creating beautiful designs is definitely a skill, but translating that into a finished product that is ready to sell and backed up by marketing and customer support is a much harder task

Read the full interview here.

In the Media – Lovely Silks Publishing “Successful Women in Business” Book

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Here at at kay me HQ in Tokyo, we’re very proud to announce that founder and CEO Junko Kemi has been featured as part of Lovely Silks Publishing’s Successful Women in Business book, alongside other inspirational and entrepreneurial women from around the world.

“My voice is often soft but the words I say are strong. After all, women having
opinions is a wonderful thing that can only benefit us all.”
Junko Kemi – From The Boardroom To The Catwalk

Click here for more details, and to read a sample from Junko’s chapter.

In the Media – Japan Times Newspaper

At the end of Fashion Week in October, the Japan Times newspaper published a wonderful interview with kay me founder Junko Kemi, focusing on her innovative approach to starting her own fashion business in Japan, as well as her personal motivation:

After the eve of the Great East Japan Earthquake I had a moment of reflection and realised that I wanted to have some kind of physical legacy, something like the kimono or antique tableware we pass from generation to generation. I decided that I wanted to make something beautiful, but with a social conscience.”

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Read the full interview online here.

In the Media – BBC Business and Blogs

Junko Kemi on BBC Business

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On Monday 3rd October, kay me founder Junko Kemi was invited on to BBC 1’s morning business television show to introduce kay me and talk about her experiences as a Japanese businesswoman expanding her brand in the British market.

If you’re in the UK, take a look at Junko’s appearance on BBC iPlayer* here and learn more about the kay me story.

(* available in the UK until early November 2016)

Firstclasslounge visits kay me in London

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Pauline from the popular travel and lifestyle blog firstclasslounge.net came to our London showroom near Aldgate for a personal shopping appointment with Junko Kemi. Check our Pauline’s blog post on her kay me experience here.


If you’re interested in visiting the kay me showroom in London and seeing kay me quality for yourself, as well as a personal meeting with Junko Kemi, email shop@kayme.co.uk for more information.