This blog post has been in my drafts for some time...it seems that now is the day to release it! The story: A while ago my friend and I did a little improv photoshoot to present a couple of vintage Kimonos which I found in Japan, as well as one hand-stitched and painted Kimono that … Continue reading Vintage improv Kimono photo shoot
Hello my lovely readers! I am spending part of my summer in London and I thought I'd blog about my favourite things to do. In a way, it's my secret London, those special spots and places that not all Londoner have visited and few tourists might know about. They are less crowded and give a … Continue reading My Secret London in Summer – Top 10
Ethical laundry: Washing without detergent - is it possible? Because this blog deals with fashion, it is only natural to ask: "How do you wash your clothes?" Recently, I wrote about sustainable fabrics for fashion and one way of reducing the environmental impact of your wardrobe is by washing consciously. So may I ask … Continue reading Ethical laundry: Detergent-free, in cold water or by hand?
What's retail doing in Berlin's up-and-coming Steglitz area in 2018? Here is a little update: On the large and long shopping Street of Schloßstraße in the South of town, a remarkable little shop has opened up and is situated right next to Uniqlo. The shop is called Miniso and when I first passed it, I … Continue reading Berlin (Steglitz) 2018 – feisty Miniso next to Uniqlo
How exciting! Kansai Yamamoto is one of my favourite designers who I have previously reported on when I discovered a cool sweater in London's Hammersmith! And now the Brooklyn Museum is hosting Kansai Yamamoto in person, who will be speaking to Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic for the New York Times. If … Continue reading The Brooklyn Museum is talking to Kansai Yamamoto about David Bowie – May 17th!
London is an eternal city, it is full of historical significance and amidst change and movement, there are places of complete standstill, older than any of the passers-by. The Old Curiosity Shop, 13-14 Portsmouth Street WC2A In Holborn, near the wonderful London School of Economics, not far from King's College and the Thames river, is … Continue reading London’s eternity: In books, buildings and bespoke shoes
Ladies and gents, boys and girls, Have you ever heard of the Japanese Designer Kansai Yamamoto? Yes, no or maybe? Just to give you a little hint (or reminder for those who know him), he is one of the most colourful, experimental and legendary designers who clothed David Bowie for his Ziggy Stardust Tour. 山本 … Continue reading Kansai Yamamoto thrifty Tribute
Dear readers, In March I gave two mini-lectures to the Business School students at the London College of Fashion on the subject of international branding and talked about brand names inside and outside of Japan. Here is part of the lecture which I hope you will enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Pretenders: A look at pseudo-international brand … Continue reading The Pretenders: A look at pseudo-international brand names
Today's post is once again influenced by my love for Japan, Tokyo and the amazing buildings that you can find there. Riddle me this: You do construction work in a multi-million people city and find a natural hot spring. What do you do with it? Answer: You do some more construction work and put a … Continue reading Hoshinoya Hotel Tokyo – a brand new old-style Ryokan
Dear Readers, I am reposting this great post on African-inspired Kimonos. As you know, I love love love Kimono and everything Japanese, so to see this project is just amazing. Enjoy!