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.

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.

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.

Three ways to wear florals in the office

Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we love to wear our inspiration from nature quite literally on our sleeves. Florals are such a pretty choice on any day of the work week, and varying prints and colours can provide plenty of different styles to choose from.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite ways to wear florals at work…

As a dress that takes charge

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Stand out from the crowd in our dresses with a difference: designed specially for those on the go, our workwear is cut to flatter your natural figure, as well as being crease-resistant and easy to look after.

Pick bold green and black with our Pothos daily dress with waist tie, or unusual fabrics with our London-inspired Holland Park dress in light chiffon. For a touch of Japanese elegance, our playful Goldfish print in navy hits the right balance between fun and thoughtful.

As a top that’s just seen

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If you prefer your florals on the subtle end, try pairing our cache-coeur tops with a suit in a matching or contrasting colour. Our Plume print with grey, black and white design looks striking when matched with any of these shades, or even with pink or beige as a counterpoint.

It’s also possible to achieve this look with a one-piece dress instead of separartes: our ‘docking’ dresses with mis-matched top and skirt sections.

As a skirt with feminine flare

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Great for summer days, a floral skirt can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Wear our Pink Bella and Oana mermaid-style skirts with a simple top and suit jacket for meetings and business travel, or pair with our new designer t-shirts with secret message for days that fall on the relaxed side of business casual.

Extra special

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For a truly special occasion, our 100% silk Black rose dress feels just as good as it looks and for yet more ways to work florals designs into your office wardrobe, our beautiful inner dresses in burgundy, silver and gold feature floral embroidery lace.

Our specially selected handmade scarves are the ultimate in everyday luxury, with many using delicate floral lace in their unique design.

Print Story – Florals

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

Today I’m giving you a little preview of our flower print that will be released later this week…

It’s almost March already, spring is just around the corner, and we’re really in the mood for florals. The flower shops here in Tokyo look so beautiful and fresh.

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Our key word for this spring is 満喫 (mankitsu) meaning “fully enjoy” – we want you to fully enjoy spring with kay me!

I’ve been planning a whole flower print festival so you can find your favourite flower print.

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We recently held a talk event at our Shinjuku store, and Junko Kemi, kay me’s founder, wore this yellow print – it was very popular with her audience. We’ve also made a version with pretty blue gradation flowers on a pink background, and I imagined a sandy beach for these colours.

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How about wearing our green flowers for meetings or presentations? The bright colour feels fresh and helps you stand out. Keep an eye out for more variations of our beautiful blooms coming soon!

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For our flower festival, Junko asks “which flower would you like to wear?

I’d like to wear all of them!

How about you?

Looking forward to next time… Yuko.

Print Story – Christmas Floral Dresses

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from kay me’s atelier team here! This week I’d like to tell you all about our new Christmas floral print…

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December is always the busiest time of year, so I want everyone to feel good and have a gorgeous time! How about a new dress as a reward?

We wanted to make a beautiful floral print with a lot of tones in it.

From this we created the design, although colour is such a important factor… What colour is suitable for December?

What colour would you like to wear for Christmas? We made a lot of practice prints as usual.

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kay me atelier staff had fun playing with the designs!

As Christmas is suddenly just around the corner, I recommended planning everything at double speed.

 

As a result of our intensive testing, we decided on pink flowers on an off-white base, and blue flowers on a black base.

As these dresses are made for winter, we chose a very soft and warm fabric that’s good for cold days.

The fine adjustments continued even after we decided on pink and blue, for example we tried changing the size of the flowers – the impression created was so different even when changed by just a few percent!

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We also tried adjusting the tone a little to more mint and lemon colours, as even though this dress is made with mid-winter in mind of course we’d like to be able to wear it all year round.

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Changing the colour of the stamen and pollen also makes the print look very different.

I named these dresses Victoria, Stephanie and Caroline – I think English names sound so elegant!

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(Caroline, Victoria and Stephanie)

Until next time… Yuko.


 

Take a look at our florals and nature print gallery for more pretty flower-inspired dresses!

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.

Introducing… Comet, Lila, Denime and Nocturne – New Floral Dresses from kay me

Here at kay me we’re so excited to share with you our beautiful new printed dresses for the early autumn 2016 season. Themed around English gardens, these charming floral printed dresses are a wonderful way to capture the precious remaining days of summer and bring a little brightness to your winter wardrobe. Eagle-eyed kay me Instagram followers may also have seen a few exclusive preview posts…

Produced from high-standard specially sourced materials and, like all kay me items, handmade here in Tokyo, our new mini-collection of dresses is sure to bring a smile to your face. kay me’s founder and lead designer Junko Kemi has been thrilled to meet with lots of fans in London who love kay me’s signature quality and attention to detail, as well as our unique prints – not to mention our easy-care fabrics!

Rosehips, lilac flowers, sepia petals and even a flowery denim… Which dress will you pick to join your closet?

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Comet

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Available in both round-neck draped and v-neck waist-gathered short sleeve styles, our Comet dresses are perfectly pretty in pink. With a print based on rosehips, bold pink flowers are collaged with other petals and delicate stems with light touches of yellow and blue. The perfect dress for a picnic in the garden, visiting a stately home or taking tea on the lawn.

Lila

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Light and bright is the order of the day for our Lila dresses, in asymmetric long-sleeve and elbow-length sleeve v-neck options. The Lila print is great for those who prefer cooler tones, and the long and elbow-length sleeves make these dresses a natural choice for crisp evenings. Pair with a soft and stretchy kay me jacket for a fresh seasonal look.

Denime

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Our Denime dress is sure to turn heads, with its unique mix of a denim-like indigo print with contrasting stitching and floral highlights that pairs perfectly with our stretchy denim jacket. Our specialised double-process techniques ensure that our prints are more than just surface level – even when stretched they keep their colour!

Nocturne

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Black, white and grey don’t have to be boring – our Nocturne dresses in draped and cache-coeur v-neck designs with longer sleeves are the antithesis of dull. Shaded leaves and petals are contrasted with a white background, creating an eye-catching sepia monochrome effect that looks great with matching grey tones. A fantastic dress to wear to work and for the evening afterwards.

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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!