Move over Paris, pack a bag London, see you later New York because there’s a new style icon in town! This year, and probably most of next, Japanese fabrics, styles and origami inspired clothing collections are dominating the catwalks as the heart of Asia promotes its gorgeous silks, wools, and cotton, making lounge wear look better than a high-end couture gown. Japanese designers and manufactures have created butter soft, smooth and oh so wearable items that hopefully’ll firmly shut the doors on tight, uncomfortable fashion forever!
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Inspired by people’s weekend trips and the short to Onsen’s, or Japanese bathhouses located in the mountains. Theatre Products, a prominent Japanese designer, presented their casual, capsule collection in partnership with Nakaden Keori. Whose textile factory in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture focuses on producing luxury mixed weave and woven material in a wrinkle-resistant fabric that’s perfect for soft, linen shirts, casual Palazzo and wide leg trousers and velvety, luxurious cashmere sweaters.
A standout feature of the collection was the fact that none of the items would need ironing, or steaming after having been squashed into a small bag, or holdall and customers would be able to wear any outfit straight away. Other fabrics have been created using specialist manufacturing techniques that give them a more ridged surface while improving the stretch quality of the material itself which, in turn, gives you a more fluid, wearable garment.
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If you’re looking for a wrinkle resistant, satin soft and sweat-absorbent T-Shirt, then look no further than A-Girl’s unique garment that’s making waves across the world. They’re light, can be worn with just about anything and is sure to be a sure fire hit with trendsetters everywhere. Vice President, Tomohiro Yamashita, is so confident in his product A-Girl uses the T-shirt fabric in dresses, tops, and skirts for their own brand. Fancy trying out one of their sleek, stylish T-shirts? Head on over to https://www.jamesperse.com/ t-shirts select your size and then step out in aviator shades, a pair of skinny blue jeans, some hoop earrings like these ones available at https://www.frostnyc.com/collections/gold-hoop-earrings and a gorgeous mittente trench and you’ll have spring fashion nailed!
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Home Grown Success
It’s not just Nakaden Keori who’ve found fame with their fabrics as eager journalists, and industry buyers alike clamored for samples. Other designers including Calvin Klein have launched collections with Japanese denim, and Los Angeles brand James Perse uses Tokyo-based manufacturer A-Girl’s Co to produce their statement T-shirts. The Asian influence doesn’t end there either, Komatsu Seiren Co in Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture, uses the fabric it supplies to European designers for its own brand, mittente.
Their cute, colorful trench coats are a must for fashionistas as well as those looking for a coat that stays dry as these garments have been created with water-repellent and wind-resistant material which makes them the most desirable raincoat ever. Over the next few months, you’ll also start to see Japanese influences everywhere from clothes, kitchenware, and decor trends to noodle based fast food and Asian/ European fusion dishes!