On and off style, with kay me

Everyone loves clothes that can do double duty and can be worn for both work and weekends, transitioning from long days in the office to evening events and everything in between.

Today we’ve taken our top pick of items and, thanks to kay me stylists, have suggested different ways to wear the same key pieces. With all kay me looks being machine washable at home, with no need to tumble dry or iron, our principles of style, comfort and instant elegance are well covered.

Keep reading for outfit inspiration…

Cardigans

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Baby blue Kanazawa long cardigan – in the office // after-work drinks

Mist grey Kanazawa long cardigan – team meeting // brunch with friends

Our favourite transitional layer for autumn and beyond, we love our made-in-Japan long cardigans. Knitted specially in the city of Kanazawa for kay me, our long cardigans feature large size pockets and side slit for ease of movement. The shawl collar drapes beautifully, and is a nod to traditional Japanese kimono design.

Wear our long cardigans with solid colour dresses, or add texture and detail with tops and skirts.

Print dresses

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Safari sunset waist-gathered dress – dinner date // al fresco lunch

Coffee beans daily dress – weekly presentation // errands in town

We are no strangers to a print dress here at kay me, and today we’ve chosen to highlight our Safari Sunset and Coffee Beans dresses with vibrant tribal-inspired prints. While a print dress can feel like the star of the show, with careful styling a single dress can be adapted to a great variety of situations and outfits simply by changing up your outer layers.

Wear our prints with suit jackets and bolero cardigans for formal occasions, and our “first class” parkers for casual days.

Navy dresses

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Navy sack dress – city shopping // catch-up cocktails

Navy rib zip front dress – independent theatre // to and from the gym

Our neutral of choice, navy dresses are wardrobe workhorses and genuine chameleons that can be dressed up and down as you see fit. We’ve chosen to highlight our loose-fitting sack dress with wide collar and mid sleeves, as well as our rib dress with front zip and contrasting fabrics panels.

Wear our solid navy dresses with handmade kay me Select scarves, or for warmth and stretch add our indigo riders jacket for that extra cool factor.

Autumn travel wear, from kay me

Our new travel capsule collection is now available online and in stores – where you will you wear yours?

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Inspired by the idea of an outfit that was as comfortable as pyjamas but elegant enough to wear from the airplane to the hotel, kay me founder Junko Kemi created our new hoodies and long dresses with this concept at the forefront of her mind.

From her history of traveling throughout Japan in her previous role as a consultant, to founding and designing kay me requiring international travel during the year, Junko is an expert when it comes to clothing that combines functionality with style.

Indeed, this was one of the principles that kay me was built on, and remains close to our heart today.

Our new hoodies and dresses both feature our original Petit print in navy and lavender, hand-painted in France with beautifully delicate watercolour flowers in shades of purple.

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Our travel dresses are available in pretty Petit Lavender print, as well as denim blue and grey, and feature a maxi-length skirt with soft mermaid flare and asymmetric seams that flatter the body. Made from the softest of materials, move with ease and grace, and pair with sneakers for days on the go.

Choose from our new ‘first class’ parkers in Petit Navy and Petit Lavender print, as well as white and navy. All hoodies feature luxurious satin ribbons and side and sleeve stretchy rib detail, as well as our exciting original zip pulls with the new kay me rose logo.

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Level up your travel style by mixing and matching our long dresses and parkers with kay me t-shirts and long skirts, and don’t forget to check our travel category for more made in Japan clothing that’s elegant and practical no matter where you’re going.

Travel in first class style with kay me

Although we love vacations as much as anyone else, sometimes the travel itself can feel like the most stressful part.

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With this in mind, and a keen traveller for business and pleasure herself, kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi decided to create our new travel capsule made specially for situations on the go.

Consisting of long dresses and parkers, with more items coming soon, our new items have been designed from start to finish with comfort and style foremost in mind.

Rib Flare Long Dress

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First up in our new travel series is are our long dresses with stretchy fitted side rib detail. A long sleeveless dress with a scoop neck, the rib panels on either side create an effortless hourglass effect on the wearer.

Wear with heels for cocktails minutes after touchdown, and stay warm and comfortable on air-conditioned planes.

First Class Parker

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New for kay me, our “first class’” parkers were specially created by Junko Kemi as she couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for in terms of a high-quality hoodie jacket that could be worn in a variety of travel situations.

With specially layered fabric providing extra softness, satin ribbons and generous pockets, there’s plenty of details to fall in love with, not to mention easy-to-coordinate colours.

Discover all kay me travel items here

Autumn Festivals in Japan

There’s nothing better than marking the changing seasons with a good festival.

Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, Japanese festivals offer a unique chance to experience the sights and sounds (and often tastes) of traditional Japanese culture in a modern setting. With friends old and new, family or attending by oneself, at kay me we’ve rounded up a few of our autumn favourites from around Japan.

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(Japonsim print dresses)

Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival

October 4th – 6th, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima

Enjoy the spectacle of beautiful paper lanterns being paraded through the streets of Nihonmtasu in Fukushim,a northern Japan. Explore this 300-year-old tradition at one of Japan’s greatest lantern festivals.

Ginza Matsuri

October 10th – 17th, Ginza, Tokyo

Home of our flagship and HQ, Ginza is Tokyo’s historic shopping district with high-end designers and department stores as well as fantastic cafes and restaurants. Since 1968, in mid-October the Ginza area plays host to parades, live bands and special events. Pop in to kay me while you’re here!

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(Solid colour dresses)

Health and Sports Day

October 9th (second Monday of October)

It’s time to get stretching for Japan’s annual sports and health day – let this be your motivation to try something new this year. Whether you’re climbing a mountain or starting a new yoga class, there’s an activity for everyone.

Jidai Matsuri

October 22nd, Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto

Over 1700 participants representing figures from Japanese history take part in this five-hour parade through Kyoto, all impeccably dressed in period costume. Take in the best of Kyoto culture and cuisine while you’re here, with many local temples and shrines also getting into the spirit of the season.

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(Floral print dresses)

Made in Japan by our team of skilled artisans, kay me dresses are the perfect partner for special occasions. Choose from our Contemporary Kimono line featuring authentic prints from Junko Kemi’s grandmother’s kimono boutique, floral and nature-inspired patterns, and rich colours that capture the beauty of Japan.

Junko Kemi Visits India

kay me founder Junko Kemi recently visited India to source firsthand new items for our exclusive kay me Select line, bringing together the finest quality with the best handmade craftsmanship from around the world.

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Hello, it’s Junko Kemi here…

Last month I visited Delhi in India for the first time. This time was purely for work, so I was only able to stay for one night. I was sad that I couldn’t see more, but my first impression was of all the people!

There was a long line at immigration control, and I read that India has a population of 1.3 billion compared with Japan’s 100 million, and is predicted to exceed 1.5 billion by 2100. When I visited Manila last year for an ASEAN meeting, I saw on the streets that the average age was 23 years old, while in Japan it’s 46!

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I also thought about many things while on this trip, including consumption tax (a big issue in Japan), recruitment, how to become a valuable human being, how to train people in organisations, and how we can change the structure of the labour market. These issues came to the top of my mind once again.

On this trip I brought with me some of my favourite kay me items, including our chiffon Monet print dress, new navy stripe dress and two kay me Select scarves – these are essential for surviving strong air conditioning!

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I had a wonderful time in India even though it was a short trip, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of my adventures again.

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You can find kay me Select items online here, with more coming soon…

Celebrating Golden Week in Japan

Welcome to May! The days have started getting a little longer and certainly much hotter here in Tokyo, and at kay me HQ in Ginza we’re looking forward to Golden Week – a collection of national holidays that fall close together at this time of year.

Constitution Memorial Day – chosen to remember the implementation of the Japanese constitution, many people and media outlets take the chance to reflect on the meaning of democracy and government in Japan.

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Greenery Day – how lovely to have a day to celebrate the beauty of nature! The timing of Greenery Day couldn’t be better, as early May sees all the flowers in public parks and private gardens in full bloom. kay me team members like to take this opportunity to head out of the city and into the countryside: Mt. Takao a short train ride from Tokyo, or Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture for a longer stay amid the trees.

Children’s Day – also known as Boy’s Day (like Hina Matsuri or Girl’s Day), but now seen as a celebration of children and parents, this annual festival has been recognised since ancient times. Children’s Day is one of our favourites, as we love to see the brightly coloured carp streamers (koinobori) swimming in the beautiful blue sky – each carp represents a member of the family.

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Celebrate in style with kay me, from Japan to the world.

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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