Spring Flowers in Japan

It’s a chilly February day here at kay me HQ in Tokyo, so what better time to take a quick look at beautiful spring flowers in Japan? With a few matching dresses, of course!

Plum Blossom (February to March)

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One of the first spring flowers to be spotted, plum blossom can be found from February. With petals ranging from white through to deep pink, plum blossom is often overshadowed by its cherry cousin, but is certainly equally as charming and brings a smile to one’s face on cold days when spring warmth seems far away. You can find plum in parks across Tokyo and Japan.

Capture the vibrancy of plum flowers with our Amaranth dress in bold pink, in a cross-over style new for spring 2017. Let this dress shine on its own with minimal block-colour accessories in monochrome.

Cherry Blossom (March to April)

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Perhaps Japan’s most famous flower, cherry blossom is known for its short-lived fluffy flowers in all shades of pink. Don’t miss out on Japan’s hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties, and kay me recommends a stroll along Meguro river in Tokyo to see countless trees draping their boughs and blossoms in the water.

The perfect dress for spring occasions, our Cherry Flower dress was created with hanami in mind, great for spring events. Soft and feminine with a strong traditional Japanese kimono influence, style with a kay me jacket for more formal occasions.

Tulips (April to May)

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A non-native flower, tulips have been growing in popularity in Japan, and with their bright colours and variations, it’s easy to see why these bulbs have captured imaginations. Gunma Flower Park in Gunma prefecture, north-east of Tokyo, is famous for its beautiful floral displays throughout the warmer months and nightly illuminations in winter.

Our Perfect Lila dress is a riot of floral petals and brushwork in cool blues and lilacs. A wonderful dress for the transitioning seasons, Lila can be worn with matching kay me jackets and knitwear and looks equally gorgeous with a simple string of pearls.

Wisteria (April to May)

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Known for its delicate purple flowers and winding branches, wisteria trees have a long history in Japan and in artwork too. kay me recommends Tokyo-based wisteria hunters visit Kameido shrine (see how many turtles you can spot in the pond!), and those after a dramatic experience should head to Ashikaga in Tochigi prefecture.

Blend in with the flowers in our classic cache-coeur dress in violet, a deep purple that flatters many skin tones. Keep it spring-like with floral patterned accessories, or take a more urban approach with metallics and a kay me biker jacket.

Work-Ready Dresses for Women on the Go

We’ve already covered packing your suitcase for a holiday on the kay me blog, so now it’s time to turn our attention to business travel. While for some people this may be a perk of the job, for others it can feel like more hassle than its worth.

kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi channeled her frustrations with standard workwear into the drive to make kay me the international brand it is today – exasperated by non-stretch tight fitting jackets, skirts and dresses, she dreamed of creating a range of clothing that works for today’s busy women.

Our patented easy-care fabrics ensure not only no more creases but are also quick drying and non-iron, making them a great time saver as well as being stretchy enough to cope with travel on planes, trains and automobiles. Wherever you’re going, kay me will get you there in style!

Wrap dresses

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(Samuel wrap, Stardust wrap, Chopin wrap)

Our kay me wrap dresses have become a favourite of stylish Tokyo businesswomen, and it’s easy to see why – the contrasting skirt and top sections make for a fashionable choice for the city, and the prints and patterns are perfectly chic for both the office and a restaurant after work. Fabrics are key here, with the slightly heavier skirt creating a more structured shape, and with kay me’s special hidden inside button you have nothing to fear from even the most breezy of commutes.

Solid colour dresses

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(Perfect navy, Stripe grey, Asymmetry black)

The standard of many a working wardrobe, kay me solid colour dresses come in many shades as well as different cuts – from soft cache-coeur drapes to our waist-defining asymmetric styles, there’s a great variety to choose from no matter your taste. Thanks to the unique pattern-cutting techniques used by our Japanese artisans, all you have to do is zip up your dress and you’re ready to go.

Printed dresses

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(Cache-coeur cornflower, Shirt Dots dress, Minuet dress)

It’s great to be able to express yourself with a bit of colour and pattern, and if you’re lucky enough to work in an environment that allows you to, why not explore our signature range of printed dresses? Simply add one of our super-stretchy jackets for the office or a simple cardigan for a more relaxed look.

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The Language of Flowers

One of the many distinctive features of kay me dresses, along with our easy-care fabrics and Japan-made quality, is our wide range of distinctive prints and patterns. Our Contemporary Kimono line features motifs from authentic antique kimono, and as in Japanese art, the beauty of nature is always the source of inspiration and cause for celebration.

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Florals for spring and summer are considered a classic for good reason, as wearing beautiful flower prints lifts any mood and bring to mind the hope and happiness of the season.  In Japan as well as in Victorian England, the complex symbology of flowers was used to convey meaning without the use of words – the perfect way to send a secret message to a loved one or subtly display your inner emotions.

A modern way of utilising the language of flowers is to literally wear your heart on your sleeve and instead of carrying a bunch of flowers or posy with you, to wear your favourite flower in dress form.

Here’s a bouquet of some of our best-loved floral print dresses, along with their mysterious meanings…

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Peony – romance, prosperity, good fortune / Japanese meaning – bravery

Stand out in this gorgeous peony-print dress, one of our most popular kay me designs. With its flattering colours and unique print, this wrap dress epitomises our ethos of instant elegance with day-long comfort.

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Cherry blossom – beauty of life / Japanese meaning – kind, gentle

Sakura season may be short-lived, lasting just around a week, but now you can enjoy the fleeting beauty of cherry blossom all year round! Traditionally a spring motif, delicate cherry blossoms are seen on our fabulous Edo Bingata dresses, inspired by traditional Edo-era woodblock prints.

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Plum blossom – strength / Japanese meaning – spring, protection, health

Earthy tones and a range of flowers make our Quiet Garden dress anything but a wallflower. Plum blossoms flower slightly earlier than sakura (cherry blossom) in Japan, and are seen as an early indicator of the coming of spring. Their tiny pink blooms add a much-needed splash of colour after the long winter, and certainly brighten everyone’s day.

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Bay leaves – glory, strength protection

Last but not least is our Holland Park print, inspired by kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi’s travels in London. Junko loved spending early mornings in the park, so much so that she created and named this design after her favourite place. We’re sure that Holland Park will become a firm favourite of yours too, and the soft chiffon fabric of this dress highlights the delicate leaf pattern.

Keep an eye out for even more lovely floral prints coming to kay me soon!

Packing for Holiday Travel with kay me

Everyone loves a summer getaway, whether you’re heading for the cool Karuizawa countryside in Japan or jetting off for a European holiday. Once you’ve settled on where to go, the next challenge is deciding what to pack – how much can you fit in your suitcase, and how many situations you’re likely to be in, not to mention caring for clothing while away from home.

kay me takes the stress out of holiday packing with our premium jersey and silk fabrics that are crease-resistant as well as being luxurious to the touch – no more wrinkled fabric, and with our innovative patterning techniques, you’ll have a perfect fit every time.

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(Side drape orange and Monet)

Keep reading for our travel packing tips as well as our five favourite holiday dresses…

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Stylish Summer Dresses

Hello, summer!

The sun is shining down on us in Tokyo, and Japan is getting in the swing of the season. Summer in Japan brings to mind watermelon and shaved ice, uchiwa (traditional Japanese fans) and yukata (light kimono), fireflies and the sounds of cicadas and furin (glass wind chimes). But that’s not all – summer events such as garden parties, weddings and evenings in the city are as much a part of Japanese life as elsewhere around the world.

Here at kay me, we’ve put together a top selection of our premium signature dresses that we know you’ll love this summer. Whether you’re off on holiday or staying closer to home, these versatile dresses will have you eager to get outside and show off your summer style.

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