Japanese Kimono. When it’s to talk about japanese fashion, the first thing coming in mind is the colorful trendy brands from Harajuku. Nevertheless, Japan has a very long fashion tradition and kimono until nowadays didn’t lose themself in the corridor of time. This is why you should at least know this 5 japanese kimono designer.
Bringing joy to all who wear kimono
Chiso was founded in Kyoto in 1555 by Hoi-Shozoku as a vestments trading company. Chiso long history and its skill have been passed down through the generation . Chiso’s kimono is elegant , luxurious and beautiful with using the Kyo Yuzen dyeing technique
“To create kimono, artisans and designers require superior techniques, skill, and experience. Chiso’s artisans belong to the company exclusively and benefit from Chiso’s inherited traditions. Chiso’s products are guaranteed by its ”made in Kyoto”label, and almost all elements of our kimono production – from threads to finished kimono – are domestic.” ( Source : Chiso.co )
Website : http://chiso.jp/
They use shuttle-loomed denim omes form the Okayama region of sourth western Honshu for their kimono
Website : http://denimdosu.jp/concept/
Pagong was created in 1919 by company Kamedatomi . “Kazuaki Kameda, the third generation owner of Kamedatomi Co. Inc., took over the company in 1984 from his father as they had watched in dismay as a heartbreaking phenomenon unfolded .
Our catalog of designs was made in collaboration with ‘nihonga’ (traditional Japanese painting) artists. We would select an artist whose style would best suit the pattern that we wanted to create. The artist would make the painting from which our yuzen dye stencils would be cut. Our team of yuzen artisans would then dye the fabric which would be used to make kimono..”
Source : Pagong.jp
Website : http://www.pagong.jp/en/
Suzusen’s kimonos are colorful and beautiful .
“Originally MAIWAI meant just celebrating a good catch, but over time it came to mean the kimonos that ship owners would distribute to fishermen for celebration of an especially good catch.
Actually it was not kimonos but cloth that was distributed, and fishermen’s wives used to make this cloth into long or short kimonos.
Then everyone would wear the same kimono for celebration.”
Souce : Suzusen.wixsite
Takuya angle – one of the best-known designer :
“The brand Takuya Angel was officially born in Osaka in 1995, but the brand’s story started two years earlier when designer Takuya Sawada started a shop named Angel in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi area. The shop sold handmade items made by 100 Osaka based designers, artists and photographers. Sawada also produced events and fashion shows.”
( Source Takuya-angle )
“Jotaro Saito was born into an artistic family in Kyoto, the members of which had established the foundation for modern dye artists. His late grandfather was one such artist, Saizaburo Saito, and his father is Sansai Saito, a modern kimono designer.
Since his debut at the age of 27 as one of kimono’s youngest designers, Jotaro Saito has pursued “kimono as fashion matched with modern space.” Repeatedly featured in the mass media, such as TV and magazines, he is energetically involved as a kimono designer. Today, Saito demonstrates his talent in fields ranging from the production of various products to the design of interiors, proposing “a lifestyle with which to enjoy Japaneseness.” He is a regular member of the Council for Fashion Designers, Tokyo.”
( Source : Jotaro.net )
Website : http://jotaro.net/static/profile_en.html