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!

Six Japanese Proverbs for Inspiration and Motivation

Statistics say that only a mere 20% of new year resolutions are kept by February, and less than 8% of people achieve their full new year goals, which everyone can agree is pretty low.

At the kay me atelier in Tokyo today we’ve collected some of our favourite Japanese proverbs (諺 – kotowaza) to keep us motivated this January and well beyond:

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案ずるより産むが易し (anzuru yori umu ga yasushi)

Translation: Giving birth to a baby is easier than worrying about it

Worrying never helped anyone! Don’t put off that big project because you’re worried about, instead dive in and start working – you’ll feel much better.

虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず (koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu)

Translation: If you don’t enter the tiger’s cave, you can’t catch its cub

He (or she, or they) who dares, wins. If you don’t even try, you’ll never have the chance to succeed…

雨降って地固まる (ame futte jigatamaru)

Translation: After rain falls, the ground hardens

Difficult experiences can toughen us up – sometimes in unexpected ways. We love learning from mistakes, and try our best to treat everything as a learning point.

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花より団子 (hana yori dango)

Translation: Dumplings over flowers

Or, substance over style. At kay me we’re so lucky that we can share substance and style with our amazing customers around the world!

七転び八起き (nana korobi ya oki)

Translation: Fall seven times, stand up eight

It’s a classic for a good reason – when our print designs have to be reworked or a pattern isn’t quite right, we get right back on track (sometimes after a soothing green tea or walk around the atelier!).

継続は力なり (keizoku wa chikara nari)

Translation: To continue is power

Similar to the above phrase, it’s possible to find power in perseverance, whether that’s learning a new language, sticking to good habits or even starting your own business just like kay me’s Junko Kemi.

Join us throughout the year as we continue our journey from Japan to the world!