>> On my hopefully pending trip to Tokyo, I'm making it a self-assigned journalistic task to try and find out why is it that so many of the Japanese labels (including the 'big' ones that I know of, exempting the smaller ones that I'm sure would also blow my mind…) hardly make it over to Europe-bound stockists… or more specifically and selfishly London.  It's a connecting question to why certain brands have different Japan/Europe/USA regional stock variations.  Perhaps I'll get a big fat inconclusive in-need-of-translation mess but seeing as I have thus far loved the process of commissioning myself (when you think of bloggers in that way, I suddenly see "Saddo" branded across my forehead…), it's still an issue I'd love to get my investigative teeth stuck into.

In the meantime though, I'm consoling myself with the beginning inklings of e-stores such as Koshka.  Based in Berlin, they aspire to "an aesthetic that encompasses both the calm and pure beauty of Japanese pottery and the jittering neon of contemporary Asian metropolis."  Err… which perhaps is an English statment lost in translation as I'm not sure if Japanese fashion should even be let loose near those seemingly naive cliches.  Still, the intentions are clear as they are now stocking Tsumori Chisato which is a good enough reason for me to give it a thumbs up seeing as Chisato UK-available stockists are literally a handful.  Farfetch have a few pieces and now Koshka adds more to that pool…

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Of course life would be a happier one with plait/rope suspender cloud wooley tights… I know tights aren't meant to be trews but perhaps an exception needs to be made when clouds and plaits and 100% opaqueness are involved…

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Sticking to the hoisery category, Koshka also stock Ayame socks, made in the old city of Nara where Japanese artisan techniques and fabrications are applied to designs that are anything but 'old'… the sock drawer refuses to be shrunk and is actually the one category of wardrobe which I didn't reduce in my big clear out…

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Through Koshka, I've also learnt that Hall Ohara a design duo I knew from their London-Tokyo love story, have renamed their label as In Process.

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Shida Tatsuya's website is pretty scant with information or images but all I need to know is that I'm willing to restrict arm movement for this cracked metallic effect woolen mishapen cape that is THE chunky cocoon to fight of all the other chunky cocoons that are out in force for this winter…

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Comments (31)

  1. phil says:

    whatchu mean “hopefully”???

  2. Gon says:

    Uuuh ! It all looks really fun! Speacially the leggings and the trousers on the second photo from the bottom!
    xx,
    Dimogonda blog

  3. Brigadeiro says:

    Lusting after all these pieces, especially that wool cape!
    xx

  4. Oooh, those printed In Process trousers and the Shida Tatsuya cape are both stunning!
    xxxx

  5. i wish i could pull off printed trousers. this one looks perfect. i wish i am as playful as you when it comes to dressing up!:)
    cheers.
    http://www.poisepolish.com

  6. janet says:

    that printed pants are great!

  7. Sophia says:

    I want those chainmail trousers so badly!! I just checked out the store. Amazing stuff!! Is this only online or can you actually go to a store because then it would be just around the corner from me!! With so many Japanese people living in Düsseldorf that should prove to be a gold mine in terms of things being stocked for those residents? Mmh, I should research that! <3
    skiepies.blogspot.com/

  8. Nolita says:

    The stockings and tights look awesome!
    http://www.nolitavintage.com

  9. maria says:

    this is terry!!!
    this is her wbsite: http://ohleoluca.tumblr.com

  10. vasilieva says:

    i like the looks, there is a great variety of colours and all the designs are so modern and so today. and that woollen metallic cape is absolutely stunning. loved it
    vasilieva
    http://elenavasilieva.blogspot.com/
    xx

  11. pink says:

    wohooo!!! love them all:-) extremely COOL!!!
    check out my fashion blog at thetalesofselfindulgence.blogspot.com!!!
    and follow it at blog lovin:-)

  12. istarblog says:

    wow love all of these

  13. finks says:

    stunning post..love those dress too

  14. asocdgarchive says:

    When you take this hopefully pending trip to Tokyo, will you need a translator?
    We’re totally here for you if you do.

  15. Mariel says:

    Stunning pieces, those printed trousers are amazing!
    When are you heading out to Japan?

  16. You going with empty suitcases to Japan I hope??

  17. Good luck on your quest. If there was a petition to sign I would be right there with you. I would also love to see many more and easily available Japanese designers here too. Xxxx

  18. There are so many styles I just want to get them in my bag.My favorite is for sure the nude colored shirt-dress.A piece to fell in love.

  19. I find it strange that more Japanese designers aren’t available in the UK, as I think our aesthetics are often very close. Good to know that Tsumori Chisato is being stocked in another store, I wrote about her recently and was really surprised by how unavailable her clothes are here.
    http://pennydreadfulvintage.blogspot.com/

  20. lyrebirdgully says:

    I know I shouldn’t even give those suspender tights a second thought (repeats mantra to self, “tights_are_not_pants”)but I can’t help loving them all the same. I just have to work out how to wear them..

  21. Kellebelle says:

    Wow they’re all amazing. Would definitely wear all the above. Now… I just need to save to go to Japan *swoon*
    I wish – Amazo food and clothes!
    x
    http://kellebelle.wordpress.com/

  22. Olive says:

    I have seen her from lookbook! She has amazing style and update her store regularly. I can’t believe you wrote about her, it such a long time that i found her and i forgot to save her link. i relly like this post! 🙂

  23. Becca says:

    The socks are my favourite

  24. Julie-Ann says:

    Lived in Japan for 4 years, you’ll love the variety, but will not like the time you won’t have to look at everything. Tsumori Chisato is one of my fav. Japanese brands, you won’t need to look very hard..look in Parco or department stores, it’s in the mainstream so..Have fun
    http://www.modearchives.blogspot.com

  25. Kaite says:

    I have to let you know that reading your lovely lovely blog inspires in me clothing lust. Right now I’m suffering from it because of those chain printed pants and that fuzzy, wooly cape. (For some reason I find that I like descriptive words about clothing a lot. Especially ‘fuzzy’, ‘wooly’, and/or ‘nubby’.) XD

  26. LeanSpa Acai says:

    Amazing!! she is looking so gorgeous that I fell in love with her.

  27. Spjork says:

    One reason Japanese brands aren’t prolific in the uk is that the cost price of units are prohibitively expensive (especially so because of the exchange rate from yen to sterling). This is before distribution costs such as freight for stock, nevermind showroom samples, customs duties, VAT, administration, and agent commissions are factored in. The final retail prices ends up being much more than what the market can bear if the standard trade markup of 2.3-2.5 is applied. There are always exceptions to the rule, such as the cult brands visvim, neighborhood, Yamamoto but they have spent years cultivating brand awareness and a very specific following that is willing to pay over the odds.

  28. leanspa says:

    Yeah!! she has really stolen my heart.

  29. It’s a shame that very little empirical evidence is known on this question. I’ve been working on some experiments, but need to finish up those working papers with the results.

  30. canvas art says:

    Really great post, thanks so much for sharing this with us! Love the outfits.

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