Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is here again, and whether you’re celebrating or not, by your yourself or with others, why not take the opportunity to get a little dressed up for the day?

Our expert team of stylists have specially selected some outfit inspiration for a variety of situations, so you can feel put together and chic no matter the occasion…

What to wear for… an evening stroll

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While the concept of decorating parks, trees and streets with twinkling lights may have started as a Christmas attraction in Tokyo, very often these ‘light-up’ events last well into the new year making for a charming low-key after-dark walk, not to mention a photogenic situation too!

kay me stylists suggest our knit dresses in red and pink, exclusively woven for kay me with extra thick knit to keep out the chill, and give a nod to the traditional colors of Valentine’s day.

For those looking for a more subtle but still feminine touch, stylists recommend our floral jersey dresses with special fleece-lining to keep you extra warm even outdoors.

What to wear for… a dinner out

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If you’re out for dinner at a favorite restaurant, our pretty printed jersey dresses are always a classic choice that can be worn for any special event, from theater trips and exhibitions to posh presentations girls nights out. All our items are machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron, making them a time and stress saver for everyone.

kay me stylists suggest going all-in on floral themes such as our Rose and Candy Red flower patterned prints, or choosing the moonlight mystery of our stunning original Etoile dress.

For a non-patterned option, our Venus dress in striking red is a fabulous choice. Handmade from a single piece of fabric, our Venus dresses are artfully draped and tucked to create an effortless hourglass figure design – become Venus herself!

What to wear for… after-work drinks

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As Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Thursday, perhaps you’ll be heading straight out after work, with no time to change. Not to worry, as kay me is designed with these situations in mind! Founder and CEO Junko Kemi’s background in consulting gave her the perfect insight into the needs of working women, leading her to create versatile clothing that she couldn’t wait to wear.

kay me stylists suggest our ‘docking’ dress with beautiful bold pink frill blouse attached to a classic charcoal gray skirt for a chic way to bring color into your office outfit. Other suit styles include our pretty frill collar jacket and pastel pink suit with mermaid skirt and ruffled cuff detailing.

For a burst of inspiration, try our Victory dress in pink – Junko drew the V-like pattern to represent victory, a lovely story that’s sure inspire.

Wondering what to wear? Take a look at our shop by occasion categories, specially selected by kay me stylists!

Knitwear for winter and beyond

Did you know that all kay me knitwear is specially woven in Japan just for us?

The washable wools that we use have been selected to provide the maximum of warmth and comfort through autumn and winter and into spring, and are thick and soft, perfect for keeping you cozy and comfortable in cold weather.

When the sun shines it’s time to wear fewer layers, but you can still enjoy our knitwear!

This week on the kay me blog, we take a look at some of our favorite knit styles for winter and beyond…

Jacquard knits

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Specially woven for kay me, our original jacquard rose design brings a floral feminine touch to your winter knitwear! A beautifully thick knit, choose from skirts and dresses in classic navy and warm sepia.

Dresses feature a solid top matching with jacquard weave skirt, with a soft round neck and long sleeves. Our knit skirts have a particularly stretchy waistband with a tight-fitting style that pairs wonderfully with our turtlenecks and matching zip up knits.

Bold and bright

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Embrace warmth in color as well as texture with our red and pink knit dresses and tops. A thick and solid knit, our “milano rib” knitwear is fully machine washable and certainly able to keep out the winter chill – wear with our warm underdresses for even more coziness.

Roll up the sleeves of the dresses in warmer weather, and these tops look especially fabulous paired with kay me print jersey dresses when you’re in need of an extra burst of color and vibrancy.

A touch of sparkle

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Last but certainly not least, our cardigans with sparkling buttons and tops with crystal detailing, both using genuine Swarovski jewels. Our cardigans are available in red, white and charcoal gray, and tops can be found in pink, white and charcoal gray too.

Wear our cardigans with everything from matching knit skirts to contrasting solid and print dresses, and simply drape over your shoulders any time you need a touch of warmth and comfort.

Don’t forget that kay me offers free global shipping as standard, so make this your perfect chance to try kay me’s wonderful washable knitwear for yourself!

Design story – kay me underdresses

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

This time I’m here to tell you all about our wonderful underdresses

Did you know that underdresses have been our most popular items this winter? Although they may be overlooked by some, wearing a foundation garment like an underdress is so important to our overall look.

Underdresses are perfect for wearing under regular kay me dresses and skirt outfits to parties, on resort vacations and even under suits.

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Our best-selling underdress this season has been our new version with slightly longer sleeves. I wanted to make a stylish underdress that also made it easy to take measures against the cold. This underdress is your strong ally! Not only warm and soft to the touch, but our underdresses also offer a mild hugging effect that gently envelops the body and provides a smooth shape under any dress.

The elbow-length sleeves of this design have been specially made to allow for easy movement and no bunching at the elbow, with a wide neck to wear easily under other tops and dresses.

For maximum functionality, the top and skirt of our underdresses are made using different materials: the top is incredibly stretchy and comfortable, while the skirt portion provides more support and a smoothing effect that creates a beautiful body-line without feeling too tight or constricting.

These underdresses are a great choice all the way through autumn and winter into spring. Just wash and wear!

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Our underdresses with elbow-length sleeves are available in charcoal gray and beige, and don’t forget that we also have a lovely variety of other styles of underdress to choose from! Find the perfect complement to your outfit today!

Until next time… Yuko.

Introducing… Team coordinates, from kay me

Have you seen our new page? Visitors to the new kay me home page may have noticed a new section – team coordinates.

Featuring three key members of the kay me team, including founder and lead designer Junko Kemi, the team coordinates showcase the variety of ways to wear kay me through the week.

Enjoy a few examples…

Junko – TUESDAY: LECTURING

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Today, I have some consulting work.

I’m getting to the stage in my life when I am looking for sophistication as well as professionalism when choosing the perfect suit! This stretchy Lace Peplum Suit allows me to attend business seminars with elegance and grace.

The pale-tone lilac color is soft and pairs beautifully well with black, navy, gray, white, and an array of colors with ease.

Nick – NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

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Strong colors always inspire me, and nothing more so than a powerful blue. Blue reminds me of the ocean and sky – both seemingly limitless, a feeling I want to drive and inspire me through the beginning of a new year.

We all set resolutions in January, but 70% are broken within a month.

Adding a powerful-feeling Riders Jacket to the look gives the extra strength to carry on those resolutions into February and beyond. Our White Tassel Tote Bag stands out in contrast to the two tone setup on dress and jacket – this look is all about ‘feeling on top of the world’.

Hiroko – FRIDAY BUSINESS PARTY

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I attended a party Friday night at the embassy, a small gathering that I was invited to by a few close connections.

This Rose Jersey Dress gives the impression of an elegant yet approachable heroine, which gave me the opportunity to speak freely with many of the guests. I was able to make more contacts, even some that will open doors to new opportunities.

On cold nights like that evening, the Elegant Trench Coat not only keeps me warm but also adds a touch of luxury to my ensemble.

Discover more team coordinates here.

kay me bags for all situations

Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we know that a bag is one of the final steps to completing your full outfit, ready to face the world.

While we might not have the perfect answer to the debate of matching your shoes to your bag (stylishly chic or too matchy-matchy?), we asked our team of stylists for their ideas for selecting our original made-in-Japan kay me bags for different situations.

Don’t forget that kay me bags are cruelty-free and specially designed for busy days – what’s not to love?

Daily commute

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Our two-way business bag can be carried either as a backpack or held by the top straps, making it a great choice for those with plenty of items to carry with them. If a longer shoulder strap is preferable, our PC bag is the perfect choice. Both PC and two-way business bags feature zip closures with extra-wide mouths, built-in laptop sleeve and plenty of useful internal and external pockets.

Wear with… kay me’s machine washable stretchy suit separates for a variety of professional and polished looks.

Creating contrast

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Sometimes we like our bag to make a bold statement, and with kay me’s range of rich colors, there’s sure to be a bag that catches your eye. Choose from our abstract floral-inspired Tassel print on soft neoprene in two tones, as well as our bright red (a particular favorite in Tokyo!) and metallic silver bags, all available as surprisingly spacious compact tote bags, business bags, pouches and small essentials cases too.

Wear with… everything from sharp tailoring to relaxed knitwear.

Matching tones

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Calling all color-coordinators! The simplest way to create a cohesive outfit is to pick one color from your clothing and choose a bag in the same shade, such as our red bag and cardigan with Swarovski crystal buttons. Change things up by going for a similar tone, like our silver bag and charcoal gray cardigan, or pick out two colors from our Tassel print, off-white and gray, as the elements of your outfit.

Wear with… matching Japan-made knitwear, naturally! Try our selected cashmere scarves for even more possibilities.

kay me’s Marriage

For our recent event “The Marriage of Wine, Italian Cuisine, and kay me Dresses”, one of Tokyo’s top chefs, Daisuke Itagaki, was given several of our stylists’ favorite kay me dresses and items to take as inspiration for producing experimental dishes.

For each dish, a sommelier specially selected the perfect wine to be enjoyed with the delicious food and kay me’s artisan-made clothing.

Read on to learn more about the pairing of food and fashion…

CAVIAR AND GRAY

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Dish: Chilled flan with caviar

Wine: Sparkling wine from Burgundy, France

“The first impression I had from this outfit was “caviar”. The deep hue and warmth of the sturgeon fish’s gray color inspired me to add caviar alongside the chilled flan.”

kay me coordinating items:

Charcoal Gray Milano Rib Top

Charcoal Gray Knit Long Skirt

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HOT SPRING GETAWAY

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Dish: Gorgeously vibrant bagna càuda

Wine: Sparkling wine from Burgundy, France

“From this outfit, I imagined a relaxing getaway to an onsen, Japanese hot spring baths. Gathering inspiration from the hot springs, I chose to create a bagna càuda, a dipping sauce served warm.”

kay me coordinating items:

Baby Blue Soft Hoodie

Charcoal Gray Knit Long Skirt

Navy Two-Way Business Bag

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BESIDE THE SEA

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Dish: Seafood quiche

Wine: White wine from Loire Valley, France

“My first thought that came to mind when I saw this outfit was “oceanic”. From that, I was inspired to make a quiche including a variety of seafoods.”

kay me coordinating items:

Sapphire Lip Side Gathered Dress

Silver Pouch (large)

Pink Silk Wool Scarf

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MILANO VICTORY

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Dish: Milano-style cutlet sandwich with wild arugula

Wine: Red wine from Italy

“The first impression I had with this outfit was “the working women of Milano, Italy”. From this inspiration, I decided to create a Milano-style cutlet sandwich.”

kay me coordinating items:

Victory Black Side Gathered Dress

Snow Gray Kanazawa Short Cardigan

Taupe Two-Way Business Bag

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HONEY AND ROSES

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Dish: Gorgonzola cheese canapé with hundred-flower honey

Wine: White wine from Southwest France

“My initial thought from this outfit was “blooming flowers”. I took inspiration from this and made a dish that incorporated “hundred-flower honey”, which is honey that is produced from a variety of beautiful flowers.”

kay me coordinating item:

Rose Side Gathered Dress

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Many thanks to our fantastic chef and sommelier for providing kay me guests not only with an evening of wonderful wine and food, but also inspiration for kay me outfits and beyond.

Don’t forget that kay me offers free global shipping as standard, so you can enjoy your life with kay me by your side!

kay me’s best of 2018

Today on this final day of 2018, what better way to mark the passing of another wonderful year at kay me HQ than with a look back some of our favorite posts from the past twelve months?

We’ve covered everything from Japanese artists to advice on making tricky colors work for you, so let us guide you through our selection and maybe even help you discover something new from the kay me archives.

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How to create your own office uniform – learn how to take more formulaic approach to dressing for the 9-to-5, leaving more time to concentrate on what’s important to you, and of course there’s no need to compromise on classic office-appropriate style and easy-care fabrics from kay me.

Five Japanese woman artists from different disciplines – we take a look at selection of our favorite artists throughout Japanese history. Have you been inspired by art today?

Three ways to wear florals in the office – one of our most popular topics at kay me, we jus can’t resists a floral print! Bring a little nature into your workwear with our florals for the office.

Japanese proverbs for inspiration and motivation – if you’re in need of an extra boost at this time of year, then look no further than our exploration of traditional Japanese proverbs that motivate and inspire us here at the kay me atelier and beyond.

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Introducing… design your own dress, with kay me – one of our big projects this year has been making our ‘design your own dress’ service, previously only available at our Ginza and Shinjuku stores, open to all Japanese and international customers online, and we’re thrilled at the response so far! Design your own kay me dress today!

The beauty of Japanese summer flowers – it’s no secret that we’re inspired by the beautiful nature that surrounds us every season here in Japan, and summer flowers take a special place in our wide variety of floral prints and patterns.

Three challenging colors and how to wear them – it’s fair to say that some colours are easier to wear than others, yet here at kay me we love to provide a rainbow of options for everyone. Our stylists take you through ways to wear colors that fall outside your comfort zone, opening a new world of stylish possibilities.

2018 has seen many fantastic changes for kay me, including the launch of our new line of original bags for business and beyond all handmade here in Japan, the opening of our custom order service to international customers, and the total relaunch of our online site (still offering free global shipping with customs taxes included as standard!), and we’re so excited to share 2019 with you too!

Happy Holidays from kay me

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From all the kay me team in and around Japan, we wish you a very merry Christmas and seasons greetings from Tokyo!

Join us here on the kay me blog every week for the latest news and features from the kay me atelier, with staff updates, styling advice and new releases.

Be sure to keep in touch with kay me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make sure you meet your new favorite kay me items every day, with free global shipping from our new online store.

Print story – rose

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team here again to share with you the story behind our beautiful original rose print.

You may have seen that our lovely new rose print was released back at the end of October – it’s always so exciting for me to see the whole process through from design and development to testing and photoshoots and finally release to our wonderful customers.

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(Navy rose gathered dress, Navy rose venus dress, Pink rose cache-coeur dress, Pink rose shell dress)

Isn’t our rose print so pretty?

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Roses are a popular motif here at kay me, and this print was specially hand-painted for us by a design team in London. These roses are so elegant!

Of course, I had to think about the balance of the print on the dress… if the print is too large, the balance is off and the final dress will look a little strange. So, a smaller print is better in this case.

This time we also chose to produce our rose print in two colors, navy and pink.

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Here you can see some of the subtle differences between the navy print samples.

Which one would you choose?

We finally chose a slightly glossy finish to our print – the reverse of the fabric has a light fleece coating to keep you warm all winter long!

The ambience of our pink version is a little different to the navy, but of course still grown-up and glamorous. This is one of my favorite ways to wear floral prints!

Did you know that this hand-painted rose also inspired our knit version too?

Our knit jacquard is specially produced for kay me in Niigata, northern Japan, and is available in two colors (navy and sepia) as both a dress and skirt.

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(Navy rose knit dress, Sepia rose knit dress, Navy rose knit skirt, Sepia rose knit skirt)

Until next time… Yuko.

kay me’s holiday gift guide for 2018

Welcome to kay me’s guide to finding the right gift for the special person in your life.

Whether you’re searching for clothing, accessories or bags to give as presents (or making a list for yourself!), we’ve put together a selection of our favorite items for loved ones, coworkers, and (almost) everyone in between.

Our gift guide is of course by no means binding, but our simple suggestions to get you started…

For friends

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(Red tote bag, Gray silk wool scarf, Silver PC bag, Lavender long cardigan)

There’s nothing better than a cheery red bag to brighten up winter days, and our surprisingly roomy tote bag is a great way to put a smile on anyone’s face. For a friend who has received a promotion, why not treat them to our silver PC bag, specially designed to carry laptops and documents with minimum strain on the body.

A cosy knit is always in style, and our long cardigans woven here in Japan are perfect for when the temperature drops. The finishing touch is our silk and wool blend scarf, hand-dyed in a gray graduation, a little luxury for every day.

For coworkers

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(Pink tassel large pouch, Mosaic cardigan, Valuables pouch, Pink silk wool scarf)

If you’re searching for a thoughtful gift for a coworker, our essentials cases and pouches are a great choice – with an extra large opening and inside zips, our original pouches are the perfect partner to any kay me bag, while our essentials cases are just the right size for business cards, small electronics and other daily items.

If your office is known for its particularly chilly air-conditioning, then our mosaic cardigan and silk and wool blend scarf in pink are a hit regardless of season. Wear our cardigan with mosaic jacquard design weave in black, gray and white over any matching or contrasting outfit, and enjoy draping and knotting our pretty pink handwoven scarf in a variety of different ways.

For someone special

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(Mouse gray butterfly cashmere scarf, Red Venus dress, White tassel tote bag, Bordeaux satin butterfly camisole)

When it comes to the leading lady in your life, make an impression with our stunning Venus Drape dress in bold red, naturally complimented by our satin underdress in rich bordeaux with elegant butterfly-like lace.

For accessories, our tote bag in white tassel print can be used for any occasion from work to weekends, and the unrivalled softness of our hand-brushed pure 100% cashmere scarf with individually-placed crystals making fluttering butterflies is sure to be a hit with any recipient.

Are you feeling inspired by our gift guide? Don’t forget that kay me offers free global shipping as standard, with all customs fees included too!