This week I was invited back to cover the LA Fashion Market shows at the CMC again. One of my favorite discoveries at the Select Trade Show was Shibori-Ya Kahei. I am so excited about this line! Shibori-Ya Kahei is a Japanese company that was primarily known for making traditional kimonos. Shibori is Japanese for “tye-dye”. Originally established as a textile brand, they have collaborated with many well known brands and created textiles for the likes of Issey Miyake and others. Over the years they have perfected a technique known as “Arashi” which is a Japanese word for “tornado”. They have taken the same arashi technique that was previously used for kimonos and applied it to denim, scarves and leather handbags. Although they still make kimonos, the application of the arashi technique to denim, handbags and scarves has created a renewed interest for the younger generation, and is helping to carry that traditional print into the future.
Shibori-Ya Kahei is newly debuting in the US and Japan and at this time is only available in Japan, but will soon be available in the US. (I’ll keep you posted! ☺)