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).
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.
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.
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.
Trove is now also offering wool hakama, the loose-fitting pants.
The 24,840-yen Wool Hakama feature the same wool/nylon/polyurethane material and colors as the Wool Haori.
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.
Kyoto-based fashion label Wazigen Shizukuyais celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new line named opus 9, giving us some new unorthodox kimono, leaving the traditional silk behind and using paper (!?) instead…..
Wrong image my friend, although I had the same image when I read the headline of their press release, but upon further reading things became clear..the paper they used is called kamico, which is paper treated with starch and rubbed and wrinkled until it is soft and flexible, this started as early as in the 14th century, which is a really long time ago. The first folks who wore clothes made out of this material were Buddhist priests who used it as robes and underwear, than later by the poor(ish) people as clothes and bedding because it was cheap….well due to inflation and some other things it has become a rather pricey product in our time and age. Nowadays kamico is still created the same way but the paper is sewn with hemp yarn and cotton yarn for extra strength.
Kamico (calling it paper would be the same as calling carbon fiber, plastic)has the advantages that it insulates and that it’s very light, which translates to highly comfy in modern English, actually a lot of kabuki costumes are made out of this material
A great disadvantage though is that these clothes aren’t washable which would upset your wife or mother, but they can withstand the rain, (not typhoons) and if due to a case of extreme clumsiness you tear it, you can repair it with kamico!
Okay enough bla bla let’s have a look, first up is the:
Zin parka Syoen
Material: Table – Japanese paper 100%, back – hemp 100%
Size: Free Size
Price: 160,000 yen + tax
Next up is the:
UKIYO SHINOGI – Hakama “Koboku”
Material: 100% paper (100% hemp only string)
Size: M ~ 2L range in tailoring of
Price: 280,000 yen + tax
And number three is:
Zin Parka “Karazishi”
Material: Table – 100% silk, back – hood lining and facing part hemp 100%, body back hemp 100%
Size: Free Size
Price: 140,000 yen + tax
Each product is carefully hand- made and the attention to detail is astonishing , they haven’t only focused on the looks but also on the wear-ability. These are custom made for one year only and therefore very exclusive.
I imagine myself wearing this on the red carpet ready to receive my grammy…oh yeah a man’s got to dream…
For their 10th anniversary, Wazigen Shizukuya is providing gorgeous modern hakama and yukata styles for all the men.
Hakama, yukata and kimono may be the traditional clothing of Japan, but there’s no reason that you can’t wear and enjoy them every day. Wazigen Shizukuya opened its doors in 2005 with the goal of combining original, innovative styles with traditional Japanese men’s clothing for the modern world. Whether it is a casual weekend outfit, something to wear to work or clothes for a formal occasion, Shizukuya has just the look for you.
Since this year marks their 10th anniversary, they are offering a limited special collection of hakama and yukata arranged in 10 beautiful and striking styles. Even on mannequins, the outfits display a classy, timeless appeal that anyone could envision themselves wearing next Monday morning.
▼Style 1 : Leather Hakama, “Godzilla Leather”. These pants look just like the kaiju’s skin.
▼ Leather Hakama, “Orochi Leather”. An outfit you just can’t look away from, either out of fear or because it’s so gaudy.
▼ Style 2: Feel the Wind, “Tayori”. This sytle is simple, refined and elegant and all wrapped in a garment light enough to feel the wind and the sun.
▼ Feel the Wind, “Kairoh”. The mix of various geometric shapes, colors and paisley designs give the impression of the Silk Road.
▼ Feel the Wind, “Kage E”. The vivid green undershirt paired with the see-thru black shirt evokes memories of kage-e or “shadow pictures”.
▼ Style 3: Yukata, “Nazca”. Decorated with ancient Peru drawings, this yukata is a brilliant mix of ancient times with simplicity and elegance.
▼ Style 4: Openwork Mantle, “Kaiko”. The colors and weave create the impression of a silkworm emerging from its cocoon.
▼ Openwork Mantle, “Kaheroh”. This piece is designed after mayflies and their brief and fleeting lives.
▼ Openwork Mantle, “Hotaru”. This is the manliest of the mantles and would look dashing with Japanese wear or a Western suit.
▼ Style 5: Casino Royale, “Specter”. Perfect for those long fall nights, it has patterns straight out of the beginning of a James Bond movie.
▼ Casino Royale, “Beautiful Targets”. The countless pure white threads and argyle patterned pants accentuate this gorgeous outfit.
▼ Casino Royale, “For Your Eyes Only”. The contrast of bold red and brown leaves a passionate impression.
▼ Casino Royale, “Never Say Never Again”. The showy yet tasteful arrangement of colors creates a look that says “license to kill”.
▼ Style 6: Wazi-Hasode, “Tomorrow Never Die”. An extension to the 5th style of clothing, this look will guarantee you have everyone’s attention no matter where you are. Perhaps it’s not a great spy outfit…
▼ Wazi-Hasode, “Erased License”. Whether paired with hakama or a suit, people won’t be able to keep their eyes off you.
Wazigen Shizukuya promises to reveal four more styles before the end of the year, but judging by what they’ve come up with so far, their new outfits are going to pair sophistication with traditional clothing in a fine, stylish design. For those of you who know nothing about traditional Japanese clothing, why not just let Wazigen Shizukuya choose your next outfit? You’ll quickly be known as the “samurai” of your group of friends when you start dressing in these fantastic options.
Japan’s old capital Kyoto and the kimono create an image of a traditional Japan, a Japan where people respect the old life style as once was before the modernization of our present society. A place where time stands still and all the basics of this island’s customs and traditions live on as they were when the samurai still roamed and ruled this country.
When you visit Kyoto though, you find out how much of the “now” and the “then” have mixed and on the surface it might seem to the casual observer that Kyoto has been swallowed up by modern times and to be spit out in what looks like a huge open air museum. And the way the temples and shrines present themselves as tourist attractions doesn’t help to suppress this feeling of disappointment.
But you don’t have to dig deep to find that old Japan, Kyoto is still the place where the purest forms of Japanese cultural aspects are performed, for example the tea ceremonies, the ikebana flower arrangement, traditional kaiseki food.
Kyoto brands stand for tradition and quality, it’s therefore quiet shocking to see a Kyoto kimono maker take an old concept, and throw it up side down.
Kimono Aya has come up with true extreme kimono designs, which would make the traditional kimono lover freak out, but then traditionalists are easy to freak out anyway….
They combine the techniques of this era with old techniques, they use inkjet (!?) printers as part of the process to create some kimono, they airbrush and even decorate some with Swarovski rhinestones.
Besides these modern made kimono they also enlist some traditional kimono maker to have kimono made according to the old ways. They are a Kyoto company after all and they won’t let an old craft die.
Now let’s check out some of their products;
First up; their Ukiyoe line of “haunted yukata”, a yukata is a casual kimono made of cotton and mostly worn in summer.
Also available as Kimono in Silk,
Now it’s going to get a little weird, have a look at their B.D.U series (battle dress uniform). This is their NWU (navy working uniform ) yukata (cotton)
Next up are their B.D.U. kimono made from the same original cotton as from the clothes they are based on..for example this US Army woodland inspired yukata made from original US military fabric.
This yukata would go great with this tote bag! (or maybe it’s a bit of overkill)
With the B.D.U. series they got the army and navy covered, but what about the airforce? Well for that they went back in time and drew their inspiration from WW2 fighters like; Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger
Or the P-51 Mustang
Yes they even have a Messerschmitt BF-109!
These are all made of cotton , but for an extra 50.000 yen also available in silk as kimono.
So there you have it, a new twist to an old genre, the cool thing about this is that these yukata or kimono would work well as a robe to walk around at home, since they don’t need a complicated obi (belt). Please don’t mistake, these yukata are high quality and not some cheap knock-off
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