Dark colors for summer

Are you the kind of person who just can’t pass up another Little Black Dress? Is the majority of your closet a sea of navy and dark neutrals? If so, here’s our special blog post just for you!

Here at kay me, as well as our beautiful prints and gorgeously saturated color jersey dresses, we also have a lot of love for our darker color dresses and know that these tones don’t have to be limited to the colder months of the year.

This week we’re celebrating the versatility of our summer dresses in black and navy…

Dark colors for… the office and formal situations

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(White x navy shoulder venus, Navy x navy dot shoulder venus, Navy venus drape, Black square neck)

kay me stylists know that you can always count on dark colors for workwear, and our specially-selected high-performance fabrics can be easily washed and worn, with no need for ironing.

Our new Shoulder Venus dresses combine a beautifully draped contrasting top with a classic A-line skirt, creating instant office chic with mix-and-match jackets.

Our classic Venus and square neck dresses both feature painstakingly made tucks and fold that effortless flatter the body, and all kay me clothing is crease-resistant making our dresses a great choice for travel as well.

Dark colors for… the weekend and special events

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(Lace stretch, Navy chiffon long, Blue fonce flower waist gather, Navy blue ribbon)

For special occasions, our wonderful stretch lace dress is a surefire hit, and the combination of tech fabric with stunning lace is sure to turn heads. Our chiffon is also soft and stretchy and extra light while remaining opaque, and our long chiffon dress is a wonderful day-to-night option – simply change footwear and accessories for a totally different look.

For florals with a twist, our Fonce Flower print has been updated for 2019 with an ivory tone to contrast with the dark navy, in our popular waist gather style. Made by our team of expert artisans working here in Tokyo, each waist gather dress uses 72 hand-placed tucks and drapes to create our wonderful three-dimension design with charming mermaid flare skirt that moves with each step.

To find your perfect dress, don’t forget that you can filter our dress category pages by color and pattern, as well as size…

We’re also excited to share our customer order service as well: take your pick of skirt and sleeve lengths for our popular dress patterns and fabric colors including black and navy, to have your dream dress specially made here in Tokyo by our team of expert artisans.

Summer styles for the office

It’s June, and the weather is certainly heating up here in Tokyo!

As with every year, it’s a constant battle between keeping cool, defying freezing air-conditioning and looking professional in the office. This timely conundrum isn’t going anywhere, but fear not – kay me stylists are on hand to offer their expert advice.

This week we’ve asked our stylists for their top tips for warm-weather work wear…

Sleeveless/short-sleeve dresses

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(Greige i-line dress, Greige polka dot shoulder venus dress, Navy square-neck dress)

We’re so proud of our great selection of versatile short-sleeve and sleeveless dresses, perfect for work and weekends. Here, we’ve chosen to highlight some of our most office-appropriate dresses, with clean lines and figure-flattering draping.

New for 2019 are our Shoulder Venus dresses, available in four chic color combinations, and pretty square-neck dresses with a retro feel and soft over-layer that showcases the impeccable draping.

Easily pair any of these dresses with matching or contrasting jackets and cardigans for an extra touch of smartness when necessary.

Light outerwear

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(Kanazawa white short cardigan, Blackberry vitamin cardigan, White collarless jacket)

Speaking of outerwear, our stylists recommend our stylish cardigans in light tencel blend knit that’s perfect for hot weather. Our cardigans are breathable and feel soft on the skin, while providing protection from the sun as well as overactive air-conditioning.

For those who need to wear a suit jacket, our unlined jackets are specially made for the summer months, and combine classic tailoring with our machine washable drip-dry fabrics, leaving more time for you to focus on what’s important to you.

Light layers

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(White chiffon top, Lovely pink blouse, Light gray camisole)

Light and airy, there’s nothing better than pretty chiffon for spring and summer – unless it’s our soft and stretchy chiffon!

Specially selected to be hard-wearing as well as a pleasure to wear, our chiffon tops keep you cool in the office, while still providing coverage. Choose from prints and patterns such as our Lovely Pink floral design, and plain colors to mix and match with ease.

While it might sound counterintuitive to add an extra layer in summer, our comfortable underdress can provide a soft solution to layering, and with an extra-absorbent cotton-blend top paired with a lightweight skirt, our camisoles are a wonderful addition to any kay me wardrobe.

Stress-free vacation styles

Have you planned your summer vacation yet?

Aside from researching, booking and double checking everything, one of the most stressful aspects of travelling can be the difficult question of what to wear!

This week on the kay me blog, we’ve broken our wardrobe planning into three core sections to create your perfect travel wardrobe.

No matter where you’re off to this summer, or if you choose to stay close to home, find inspiration from our beautiful selection of dresses, skirts and bags – needless to say that all kay me clothing is machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron, as well as being crease-resistant, making kay me a great choice for any travel situation.

On the plane

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(White t-shirt, Light gray t-shirt, Black t-shirt, Petit navy long skirt)

…or on the train, in the car, or elsewhere!

Specially designed by kay me founder, and travel-fan, Junko Kemi, pair our long skirts in pretty prints with soft and wide waistband and handy pockets with our charming t-shirts.

Our new t-shirts feature delicate lace detailing and embroidery, making them a wonderful addition to our easy to wear line-up – kay me stylists even suggest wearing these t-shirts under our chic suits for a casual touch.

Daily wear

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(Optical gray, Orange, Dramatic yellow)

Whether you’re off to the beach or exploring a new city, our fabulous Marilyn dresses are so versatile, and with plenty of colors and prints to choose from, there’s dress for everyone.

Our Marilyn dresses feature handy pockets, a full flared skirt and beautiful ribbon-like gathered bust. Easily wear with kay me cardigans and both casual and tailored jackets for a stylish coverup that’s made to move with you.

Special occasion

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(Aquarium long chiffon, Cherry pink ribbon, Chinoiserie side gather)

If you’ve planned a special night (or more than one!), our stunning selection of dresses is a great place to start for evening outfit inspiration.

Our long dress in stretchy chiffon with eye-catching original print looks fantastic with both kay me summer-weight knit cardigans and light scarves, and our Chinoiserie-inspired red and blue dress is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

For a solid color option, or bold and bright cherry pink ribbon dress with cocoon silhouette and graceful twist detail looks marvellous against a holiday tan.

Travel bags

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(Two-way business bags 2.0)

Our new two-way business bags have been updated for 2019 – and they’re suitable for more than the daily commute!

With handy and easily removable straps, our two-way bag can be carried as a regular handbag or used as a backpack for hands-free style.

We’ve also added a special zip pocket on the reverse that can be used to attached the bag to suitcase handles, and inside you’ll find not only our special laptop section with secure strap, but also a new reinforced small pocket that can be used for pens and other delicate items.

With new colors to choose, from there’s never been a better time to try two our two-way bag.

Print story – Aquarium

Hi everyone! It’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team, here again to tell you all about our beautiful original prints.

Today I’ve chosen to highlight our stunning Aquarium print…

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In spring and summer, we love to wear lots of prints! It’s a great chance to explore wearing lots of different colors and styles. I think our new print is perfect for this exciting season.

Since the launch of kay me, we’ve been collaborating with our special partners in London to create stunning unique print designs that are just as individual and stylish as our customers.

I love designs that look like wearable art, it’s so inspirational and I just love looking at them.

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Our Aquarium print is perfect for early summer, and really captures the beautiful light of this time of year. We chose to create this stunning aqua blue color, the perfect match for our flowing Marilyn dress in light and airy chiffon.

kay me’s chiffon is comfortable against the skin, with a moderate amount of sheerness (of course there’s an inner layer to this dress!), and is wonderfully stretchy. Finding stretch chiffon is actually quite rare, so we’re really happy with our selection.

Every time I see this dress, I think it’s more and more beautiful!

It’s especially enchanting when the chiffon catches the light and sways as you move…

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As well as a long dress, we have also used this fabric to make our regular length Marilyn dress too, for a slightly more toned-down look.

Which length do you prefer? I can’t decide!

Until next time… Yuko.

Celebrating the colors of Japan – spring and summer

As April turns to May, we’re approaching summer again – and looking forward to sunshine and  summery styles!

Today we’re taking a look at some beautiful spring and summer colors to put an extra bounce in your step this season whatever the weather…

Pinksakura (cherry blossom), a light touch of prink brings to mind the delicate and short-lived petals

Purplelavender, now becoming something of a tourist attraction, Hokkaido’s lavender fields are truly impressive

Blueseaside, it’s finally time to head to the beach and explore Japan’s dramatic coastline

Greennew leaves, whether mountain climbing or strolling through the local park enjoy signs of new life

Yellowsun and sunflowers, there’s nothing more cheery than pretty yellow shades, guaranteed to bring a smile

In the office

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(Mustard frill dress, Pale blue bow tie dressLavender frill dress, Lovely Pink bowtie blouse, Black switch skirt)

Bring a touch of sunshine to your office outfit with our pretty frill docking dresses that look just like a skirt and blouse, but with all the fuss-free convenience of a one-piece dress. Our sunny mustard yellow is surprisingly easy to wear, and looks fantastic with a matching kay me jacket for instant suit style.

Stay cool and fresh in our pale blue bow tie dress that looks just as good at the desk as at a restaurant table – simply change up your accessories for a quick day-to-night look.

If you’re looking for a fresh way to wear florals at work, then our Lovely Pink chiffon blouse is a great choice, made from our light and airy stretch chiffon, with stunning floral print that pairs well with a wide variety of matching and contrasting colors.

At a party

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(Pink dot gather dressFresh lime daily dress, Nuance blue lace dress, Dramatic Yellow ruffle dress)

Spring and summer parties, no matter the occasion, certainly call for a bright splash of color! Our floral prints in green and yellow capture the energy of the season, while our pink polka dot dress is a popular choice here in Tokyo. Our stunning lace dress in blue (also available in classic navy) is naturally fully machine washable, and combines sheer sleeves with an opaque body for maximum elegance.

If you’re in the mood to tone down your outfit a little, kay me stylists suggest pairing our colorful dress with white knitwear such as our cardigans with pockets and bijou buttons, for a refreshing and subtle style.

On the move

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(Lavender soft hoodie, Petit Navy long skirtDramatic Yellow long skirtPink beige flight riders jacket)

Whether you’re out and about for a stroll or taking a longer trip to somewhere wonderfully sunny, kay me’s specially designed travel wear is made just for you. Our long skirts in Dramatic Yellow and Petit Navy floral prints provide the perfect coverage while still allowing freedom of movement, with pockets and a wide and super stretchy waistband for extra support.

Top off your look with our soft hoodie in Lavender floral print, and our new sporty riders jacket in soft pink with stretchy rib detailing.

For even more colorful options, try filtering our clothing categories by color to find your perfect shade!

Three ways to dress for transitional weather

After several months of summer, we’re looking forward to cooler autumn temperatures here in Tokyo!

However, it’s all too easy to get caught out in this type of transitional weather: cool breezes, Indian summer days, different attitudes to air-conditioning, sudden showers, among others. We tasked kay me stylists with tackling this seasonal conundrum, and here are their three top tips…

Transitional layers

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Tip one: utilising various layers is the smartest way to both regulate your temperature and stay stylish all day long.

Great for those who love variety, choose from our made in Japan knitwear, tailored jackets and frill jackets for outer layers.

Wear our handmade jackets to the office and for commuting, with plenty of stretch you’ll be able to stay on the go all day long. For parties and events, try our charming frilled jacket, available in black and white, and the perfect topper to a special dress.

Our washable top-quality knitwear is made individually in Kanazawa on the coast of Japan, and looks just as effortless elegant in the office as on a brunch date or weekend at home.

Finally, our range of underdresses are on hand to provide the foundation for any outfit – from warm fabrics to smooth satin, these under-layers are the perfect match for kay me dresses and skirts.

Transitional scarves

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Tip two: add colour and interest with a scarf.

Specially selected in person by kay me founder Junko Kemi, our beautiful kay me Select scarves are made by hand by artisans in India.

Luxurious and ethically made, our range of stoles are a wonderful option for transitional days – wear around the neck, drape over the shoulders and even fold on the lap – the possibilities are endless. We hardly know what we did before our scarves!

Choose from wool and silk, and cashmere blends and bring sophistication and colour every day.

Transitional dresses

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Tip three: choose materials and colours for the season.

Transitional dressing is epitomised by our docking dresses that combine a skirt and top in contrasting fabrics to great effect. Our Chainon navy piping dress features a pure wool skirt and blended top to combine the best of both worlds in one stylish dress.

With a vast range of colours and prints, our patterned dresses offer a great array of options suitable for the changing seasons – just remember that these items are often limited, so be sure to secure your favourite new dress by signing up for our newsletter online.

This year, kay me stylists particularly recommend our abstract floral Tassel Flower dresses that look just as lovely with cool pastels as warm neutrals and darker colours, as well as our Tribal Black venus drape dress in black and beige – wear with a white jacket for warm days or a black jacket for chilly evenings.

Three ways to keep cool in the office

As the long hot summer just keeps on going here in Tokyo, we’ve been brainstorming our favourite ways to keep cool in the office. Staff from all departments shared great advice, including portable desk fans, re-freezable ice-packs and handy thermos bottles.

As much as we’re looking forward to unpacking our autumn knitwear, there’s still time to enjoy the summer season before fall arrives.

Aside from battling with the air-conditioner and making frequent trips to the office freezer for ice-cream, here are three of our top ways to stay cool and stylish:

Wear light colours

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(White tailored jacket, White mermaid flare skirt, Beige tailored jacket, White lace peplum dress, Pink chiffon top, Shell white design tuck skirt)

As much as we love navy, in summer light colours are a better choice as they reflect light rather than absorbing it.

Play with pastels and wear with our white suit jackets and skirts for easy styles that are as fresh as they look – a hint of pale pink adds femininity to workwear, and light beige instantly creates a grown-up image.

No need to worry about white: our stretchy jackets and skirts are made to move with you, and are all fully machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron.

Choose short sleeves

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(Pink lace peplum, Peach sleeveless flare, Light grey future flare, White chiffon top, Shell white design tuck skirt)

Continuing with our theme of light colours, pick a light and airy dress with a little flare, literally and figuratively, with short sleeves a must in sunny weather.

Shape up in our peplum dress, or choose a touch of retro style with our sleeveless flare and future flare dresses. Alternatively, our chiffon tops are a lovely choice for the office, with layered cap sleeves and an opaque under-layer that can be tucked into a skirt or kept over the waistband.

Try a Tencel knit cardigan

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(Navy, Baby blue, Mist grey, White)

Cool and airy, Tencel is made from natural cellulose fibres making it a wonderful choice for a light summer cover-up that doesn’t compromise on style or practicality.

Choose from four colours: navy, baby blue, mist grey and white. Pair with a light-coloured kay me dress or suit set-up for an elegant look every day.

Crease resistant and easy to look after, our long cardigans are also lovely for travel, whether you’re speeding on the Shinkansen or relaxing on the beach.

Summer national holidays in Japan 2018

This week on the kay me blog, we’re taking a look at the national holidays that are celebrated during the summer season.

All year long, national holidays are celebrated throughout the country, and naturally summer is no exception. Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we’ve pinned down our favourite summer holidays with styles and colours to match! Keep scrolling for vacation inspiration…

July 16th – 海の日 – Marine Day

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(Blue-grey Marilyn, Light blue goldfish, Ice blue stripe cotton)

A day to celebrate the beauty of the sea and its bountiful ocean life. Near Tokyo, the historical Kamakura area is popular with tourists and locals alike, and did you know that Chiba, best known as Tokyo’s adjoining suburb, is now a surfing hotspot?

Capture the freshness of sea breezes with cool blues and whites, featuring hidden goldfish and marine stripes.

Don’t forget to add one of our luxurious handmade scarves in matching tones to protect from UV rays, as well as add an extra style element to your outfit.

August 11th – 山の日 – Mountain Day

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(Italian olive cotton, Pothos daily, Aurora wrap)

With Mt Fuji visible from many an office building and apartment in Tokyo, it’s no wonder that this world-famous natural feature is marked on the newly added Mountain Day. As well as Fuji, Mt. Takao, Mt. Mitake and the Oku-Tama countryside are just a train ride from central Tokyo.

Add a natural feel to your wardrobe with our botanical-inspired prints, and shades of green.

Our super stretchy fabrics are certainly comfortable enough for low-level hiking, but we’ve yet to put our dresses to the ultimate test…

September 17th – 敬老の日 – Respect the Aged Day

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(Wagasa cache-coeur, Peony grey wrap, Hana kurenai 100% silk)

Japan is know for having some very long-lived residents, with many previous world’s oldest citizens holding the crown. Indeed, the story of kay me begins with brand founder Junko Kemi’s grandmother’s kimono boutique in Osaka, and we celebrate our Japanese heritage every day with our authentic kimono-inspired prints and 100% silk dresses.

Discover the beauty of true Japanese design with our wagasa (Japanese umbrella) and pretty peony print dresses.

Our patented washable silk jersey is practical as well as pretty, using unique techniques developed here in Japan. Learn more about our silk production here.

September 23rd – 秋分の日 – Autumn Equinox

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(Beige pink leaf chiffon, Carrot orange wrap, Aka-michelle)

Brining us to the official end of summer, even when the hot temperatures regularly continue to mid-October, is the autumn equinox, this year falling on 23rd September.

Many people in Japan practice koromogae, the act of changing your wardrobe for the seasons by putting away spring and summer clothes such as light dresses and skirts and taking out autumn and winter items such as coats and heavier jackets.

As a nod to the change from summer to autumn, why not introduce rich warm colours again? Start with our glamorous leaf print long dress in chiffon…

The Beauty of Japanese Summer Flowers

We’re no strangers to a floral print or two here at kay me, and the stunning nature that surrounds us in Japan in every season is a constant source of inspiration for us, as well as for artists through the ages.

The hot and humid summer is a riot of colour if you know where to look: as well as the extensive countryside and large parks, balconies, side streets and even staircases in the Tokyo metropolis are home to flowers of all shapes and sizes.

Join us today as we look at a selection of summer flowers that can be found in Japan, and dresses that capture the essence of colourful floral beauty.

Hydrangeas – ajisai (Taisui Inuzuka)

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(Lila waist-gathered, Blue space, Utopia wrap, Blue one-shoulder)

Probably our favourite part of rainy reason, gorgeous hydrangeas in all shades of blue, as well as pinks, purples and even greens, can be found all over Tokyo during June.

Pick up on the variety of colours with our Lila and Utopia prints, or capture the elegance of shimmering petals in the rain with our one-shoulder shimmering blue dress.

Sunflowers – himawari (Sakai Hoitsu)

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(Limone flare, Flower dance wrap, Yellow dalmatian peplum, Spring yellow wrap)

Nothing brings a smile to our faces like a charming sunny sunflower!

Bring a little more sunshine into your life with our Limone and dalmatain peplum dresses, or bring out the contrast in our Flower dance and Spring yellow wrap dresses, both with hidden tab and button to ensure maximum comfort and skirt security.

Iris – ayame (Shoson Ohara)

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(Labyrinth 100% silk, Purple drape, Purple botanical waist-gathered, Lavender wrap)

Brining summer colour lakes and ponds across Japan, the deep purple iris flowers is complimented by their delicate petals.

These frills and folds are echoed in the pattern of our Purple drape and Purple botanical waist-gathered dresses, while our 100% silk Labyrinth dress calls to mind the opulence of royal palaces with ornamental gardens.

Rose – bara (Ohno Bakufu)

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(Pink cache-coeur, Toki michelle 100% silk, Burgundy flare silhouetteBlack rose 100% silk)

Romantic and alluring or cute and charming? Roses can be spotted in all manner of colours, and our favourites have to be classic reds and pinks.

Our Black rose dress in 100% silk is a natural choice to celebrate the classic beauty of roses, or choose the flowing A-line shapes of our cache-coeur and flare silhouette dresses, the latter with charming ribbon detail that looks like an origami rose.

Keep your eyes open for a new and very special rose coming soon…

Simple summer styling tricks

We’re now officially in the heat of summer here at the Tokyo kay me atelier, with August set to be the peak of the season.

Summer can be hot and humid, so we turned to our trusted stylists working at kay me stores around Japan for their top tips for surviving and thriving stylishly this summer…

Go sleeveless

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(Navy rib front zip, Navy Swarovski, Light denim mermaid, Milano rib navy)

The easiest trick of all – choose a sleeveless style for a breezy look that works all day long. Choose from a variety of silhouettes for different occasions, available in different fabrics. We’ve highlighted just a few of our favourite styles, and we’re sure you’ll agree that for versatility in summer, sleeveless is the way to go.

For formal situations and strong air-conditioners indoors and on transportation, top off with our made-in-Japan knitwear to guard against the chill.

Stylist tip: Darker colours are less likely to show sweat and stains, but remember that all kay me items are fully machine washable!

Add a scarf

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(Light grey future flare & Rose pink lace jacquard, Orange marilyn & Pure white silk wool, Navy future flare & Paris pink silk wool lace frame, Blue-grey marilyn & Mist grey foil print lace)

While this may feel counterintuitive in hot weather, a scarf can be a useful coverup – draped over the shoulders it can protect from harsh UV rays, it can be folded on your lap during meetings or travelling, and adds a splash of colour in any situation.

Our kay me Select scarves are handmade individually by expert craftspeople with generational of knowledge behind every design.

Take a look at our favourite scarf tutorials here and try a new way to style your stole today.

Stylist tip: Go for contrasting colours to highlight your individual style, or matching colour families for a harmonious look.

Pretty prints

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(Monet chiffon, Limone flare, Oana chiffon blousing, Wonder earth daily)

Naturally, at kay me we love a floral print. Inspired by the beautiful nature and culture surrounding us here in Japan, we often look to the natural world to guide us, as well as the incredible authentic kimono prints discovered in kay me founder Junko Kemi’s grandmother’s kimono boutique.

Stylist tip: Let your dress do the talking with our bright and bold designs, keep all eyes on you with simple accessories in plain colours.

Enjoy the summer wherever you are, and don’t forget the sunscreen…