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Japanese “boyfriend’s dress shirt dresses” are boyish and girlish all at once

Clever alterations make this a better choice than anything hanging in your boyfriend’s closet.

Japanese and Western fashion preferences don’t always perfectly align with one another. However, there is some overlap in tastes, and you’ll find plenty of people in both regions who think there’s a special mix of playfulness and cuteness in a woman slipping on an oversized man’s shirt and wearing it like a dress.

But thanks to Japanese designer Gomi Hayakawa and fashion label Double Chaca, there’s no need to go raiding a guy’s closet to pull off the look. Hayakawa, who’s also contributed designs for small-bust lingerie brand Feast, has recently unveiled her latest creation. Called the “Hubby One-Piece,” the dress keeps several visual cues from a man’s dress shirt, but makes a few key adjustments to make it a viable garment to wear out and about.

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The dress if form-fitting in the torso and down to the small of the back, but loose in the sleeves and near the hemline, providing a slimming and relaxed look. Meanwhile, hidden snaps keep the openings along the front of the dress securely closed, so as not to let the wearer’s skin peek out between the gaps in the buttons.

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The other half of Hayakawa’s spring lineup for Double Chaca is the Little Tail One-Piece. The fishtail design may not be as unique as that of the Hubby One-Piece, but it still makes for a breezy, feminine look that’s versatile enough to be paired with various styles worn underneath the sleeveless dress.

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Both dresses are available in the two colors seen here, with the Hubby One-Piece priced at 23,000 yen (US$204) and the Little Tail at 21,000 yen. Orders can be made online through retailer Lavi Shop beginning on the evening of March 13, and for those who can’t wait that long, both dresses will also be offered for sale at the pop-up Lavi Shop at Tokyo’s Laforet Harajuku between March 7 and 16.

Interested? Drop us a mail and we’ll order one for you.

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Walk like a robot cat from the future with Doraemon Reebok shoes

To the casual observer, Doraemon must appear to be the patron saint of Japan; his image can be found everywhere. Doraemon’s face or colour scheme crops up on goods ranging from McDonald’s toys to PC cushions to face masks.

For those unfamiliar with His Works, Doraemon is a robot cat sent back from the future to help schoolboy Nobita navigate the trials and travails of everyday life by producing a series of amazing devices.

While we may have to wait a little longer for a genuine “anywhere door” or “memory bread,” we can now walk, run, and exercise in style with these new Doraemon Reebok trainers, which certainly catch the eye.

Coinciding with the Japanese release of the latest Doraemon movie, Doraemon’s Great Adventure to the South Pole on the March 4, these funky trainers are a collaboration between Reebok Instapump Fury and design company atmos and also go on sale on the same day.

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But, fashionistas may ask, what could possibly go with garishly light-blue shoes?

The answer may be yet more Doraemon-themed blueness. Perhaps in the form of this Kway jacket. It does however look a little bit thin for Antarctic adventuring, so that’s probably best left to those with amenable robotic felines.

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▼ The shoes proclaim the wearer’s love of Dorayaki, Doraemon’s favourite snack.
Whether this will result in being handed the delicious snacks is unclear.

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▼ The pump resembles Doraemon’s signature bell.

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▼ Even the inner soles feature Doraemon.

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The shoes are available from the Reebok Harajuku store or the atmos website and retail at 21,600 yen (US$190), including tax. While at time of writing the atmos website only had sizes up to 24.5 (US size 6.5) there is the option to request sizes up to 30 centimetres (US size 12).

The Kway jacket is also available from the atmos website for 13,824 yen. Perfect for that well-known Doraemon and Crossfit-fan niche.

Source: Atmos via God Meets Fashion
Images: Atmos (1, 2)

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A perfect school girl uniform/blanket to keep you warm during the cold winter days.

Regular visitors of this blog and website, know about our love for that little weird Japanese company called Bibi Lab…they create things which not only bring a smile to your face, but also actually enrich our comforts.

▼ Say hello to the “Sera Kore Wearable Blanket Type Sailor Uniform Pyjamas”.

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Now that we’re all used to the idea of a fleecy school uniform, thanks to Bibi Lab’s previous roomwear collections, the company is now giving us a wearable blanket that looks like a sailor uniform. Despite the “pajama” classification, this roomy outfit is designed to keep the wearer warm while lounging around at home.

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The long, flared skirt style makes it easy to walk around the house, and even twirl around in like a schoolgirl if you want to, but the design really comes into its own when worn in a seated position.

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According to the makers, this is when it becomes a “Self Kotatsu”, meaning it traps heat around the legs in the same way as a kotatsu, which is a low, blanketed table equipped with a heater underneath.

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And because the outfit doubles as pyjamas, you won’t have to worry about getting changed and exposing your skin to the cold before bedtime. Although it might feel strange at first to drift off to sleep while wearing a Japanese-style uniform.

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▼ We wonder if Japanese schoolgirls wish they could wear this at school instead of their own uniforms, to help cope with those freezing classrooms.

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The thick fleece material extends to the sailor-style collar, which means people around you can use the outfit to keep their hands warm too!

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The wearable blanket is if you live in Japan, currently available to purchase from online retailers like Village Vanguard, , if not just fill out the form below. It’s sold in one size and has a recommended retail price of 9,720 yen (US$85.66). With so many weird yet wonderful features, we’re sure this is going to be another popular hit for the Bibi Lab team!

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Japan couture at its finest, men’s winter kimono sets and coats.

Kyoto-based fashion brand Wazigen Shizukuya’s creative philosophy is all about taking traditional samurai-era clothing designs and giving them modern updates. That fascination with the flow of time extends to the frequency with which it updates its catalog, as the company released new lines earlier this year in both the summer and fall.

We received  a lot of interest and inquiries into these products and we were able to get our hands on a few and sent them to some very lucky customers as far as New York and South Africa!

With cold weather now setting in, stylish contemporary samurai need a way to keep warm. Following up on its line of high-class samurai hoodies form last year, Wazigen Shizukuya has just unveiled more than a dozen new fashion options for winter.

Starting with the fundamentals of samurai fashion, Wazigen Shizukuya has three new paired sets of kimono and hakama pants.

▼ Wool/silk hakama and wool/polyester kimono with silk lining (left), wool/polyester hakama and silk kimono (right); hakama priced at 40,000 yen (US$350), kimono at 45,000 yen

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▼ Polyester hakama and wool kimono with silk lining (45,000 yen each)

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For when it’s time to bundle up, Wazigen Shizukuya can set you up with a vest-like leather Battle Formation Parka for 195,000 yen…

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…a polyester hanesode wrap with flared, wing-like drapings (70,000 yen)…

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…a hooded robe, made of a polyester/cotton/acrylic blend, with warm cupra rayon lining (185,000 yen)…

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…or one of four different Iverness coats, made with material ranging from nylon to alpaca wool, and prices starting at 80,000 yen and topping out at 130,000.

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And finally, if you want to go really old-school, Wazigen Shizukuya also has straight-up capes. Wool, acrlic, and polyester shells are available, all with cupra linings, and prices run from 80,000 to 110,000 yen.

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Quantities on select pieces are extremely limited, so if you’re looking to add these to your wardrobe, you’ll want to contact Wazigen Shizukuya right away or of course let us contact them and or visit them, before samurai from some rival clan snatch them all up for themselves.

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The most comfortable pajama…ever!

Those who’ve been following our blog or have been visiting our website know of our love/double love relation with Bibi Lab and its refreshing original and useful products. We actually survived this summer unbitten by those pesky tiger mosquitoes thanks to the  Net man, a full body mosquito net

Earlier this year offbeat clothing and housewares company Bibi Lab released its Damegi roomwear. A one-piece garment for relaxing at home, the Damegi gets its name from dame (“no good”) and gi (“clothing”) because of the implied promise that it’s so comfortable it’ll absolutely kill any sort of productivity while you’re wearing it.

While the previous model was marketed to women, a brand-new version of the Damegi, called the Fuyu no Damegi (“Winter Damegi”), has just gone on sale, sporting a number of improvements over the original design. For starters, instead of the drab gray of the original, you can now chose between five different colors: Pinky Peach, Chocolate Mellow (brown), Green Rush, High Risk Red, and Midnight Navy. The medium size fits wearers up to 165 centimeters (65 inches) in height, while the large is for those up to 180 centimeters.

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Made of extra warm, heat-retentive material, the new Damegi will keep you toasty not just from head to toe, but to your fingertips too, thanks to its four-way convertible mitten-style sleeve cuffs.

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A hood and zip-up mask will also help keep heat from dissipating out of your head.

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Down at the end of the pant legs, you’ll find snap-shut coverings for slipper-like comfort.

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And, as is standard with the Damegi, the hood contains two openings to pass twintails through.

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And, for a last bit of functionality, the Fuyu no Damegi has a zip-out section at the rear, so you can go to the bathroom without having to take the entire thing off.

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Bibi Lab says the Fuyu no Damegi is great for happy families and loving couples alike.

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The company also bills it as the perfect “gaming wear” for cold-weather video game binges.

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▼ Pop in a game with a setting on a tropical beach, and kiss winter good-bye.

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And being the holistic-minded company it is, Bibi Lab also recommends enjoying the Fuyu no Damegi in tandem with some of its other products, such as the Cotton Wife/Husband or Sandwiched Between Twintails Pillow.

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With prices starting as low as 5,709 ten (US$55) there is nothing to hold you back to get as comfy as possible this winter…Don’t blame us, though, if after you put it on you end up spending all winter loafing on the couch.

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Reebok teams up with Chocomoo to create future noise.

The title might have you left scratching your head, but no worries I left the capital letters of Future and Noise out on purpose to get your attention, cheeky eh? Future Noise is the theme of this collaboration and not some preserved noise to be opened in the future (well some folks would say that a wrapped CD would fulfill that description too, but that’s so imaginationless).

Chokomoon Yuka is a gifted Harajuku illustrator who has lend her pop art illustrations to several projects and products like Dr.Martens, the pop group Exile, Newneu skateboard products, Disney etc etc.

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This time she teamed up with sports apparel maker Reebok to create five distinctive pieces.

When you say Reebok, you say Instapump, the super light and oh so comfy kicks. The model used by Chocomoo is the Fury CM.

 

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Simple yet outstanding ¥21,589

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Next up is a jacket in black (hint:All the products are black)

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¥14,029

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For ¥10,789 you can get yourself this backpack in simple black, but with enough small details (mmm is there such a thing as BIG details?) to make it instantly recognizable as something extra ordinary.

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If you try to avoid the “ninja”look you should get the T-shirt in….white, just leave your jacket casually unzipped and folks can catch a glimpse of the awesome printed shirt underneath.

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¥6,469

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Finally to top it off there’s a cap.

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¥5,389

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Chocomoo showing off the the whole set!

To see how the whole set looks like in action, you’ll have to check out this video of Kandytown!

 

If you want to find more Chocomoo products then by all means check out her site COBRAMOON

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Limited haori inspired coats are back!

No I’m not going to insult your intelligence by calling these “samurai coats”, it would only cheapen an otherwise high quality products in my opinion, no these coats are based on the kimono men wear called haori,  haori  are nowadays only worn during festivities like weddings and coming of age day (the day 21 year old youngsters celebrate their entrance into the “adult” world).

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The men’s kimono is one stylish piece of clothing though, worthy to be worn much more often than just once a year or less. Wearing a hoari on an ordinary day would give you a lot of puzzled looks, kind of like wearing a swimsuit during winter.

Fashion brand Trove introduced last year the Haori “wa-robe” with wa (和)meaning  Japanese style, and it proved to be a very successful concept. selling out in a short time.

This year, the lineup has been expanded to four different pieces, with the warmest being the 29,700-yen (US$288) Wool Haori, with a soft-to-the-touch wool/nylon/polyurethane shell and cupra rayon lining.

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While the haori is an old-school garment, the simple, understated design means that they can be paired just as easily with modern fashion as they can traditional Japanese clothing.

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Made of waffle-patterned cotton instead of wool, though with the same lining as the Wool Haori, this ivory-colored coat is also priced at 29,700 yen.

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Trove is now also offering wool hakama, the loose-fitting pants.hc-9

The 24,840-yen Wool Hakama feature the same wool/nylon/polyurethane material and colors as the Wool Haori.

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The entire lineup can be ordered here through Trove’s website, with special instructions for overseas customers found here or use the form below. Shipping is scheduled for early December.

Source: Japaaan

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