Kimonos that once colored Japan are now either sitting in closets or being discarded without ever being worn again.
We create hats and clothes by breathing new life into vintage kimonos.
The items in our collection were born from our desire to bring something that people around the world can enjoy Japanese culture and traditions in their daily lives.
古物商許可証 (Secondhand Dealer License Certificate) 第631312300035号
We make products by dry-cleaning kimonos (or washing, depending on the kimono), carefully untying the threads, pressing them with steam to make a single piece of fabric, then cutting and sewing each piece one by one while considering the layout (the way the pattern appears).
Keiko Tagai offers items that transcend the realms of race, gender, and age, valuing the beauty and individuality of all people.
All items are suitable for everyone, as long as the size fits.
- Kimonos in use -
We use vintage and antique kimonos. They range from those in good condition to those that are difficult to wear as kimonos.
We use clean parts except for stained parts, but some items may have slight stains or smells peculiar to kimono, but we hope you can feel Japanese culture and history.
* For more information about the kimonos we use, please click here
"Types, Grades and History of Kimono".
- What is a real KIMONO? -
A kimono is a traditional Japanese garment.
The kimono is created through the combined efforts of many Japanese craftsmen by hand.
From creating the pattern, to basting, rough sketching, gluing the pattern and fabric, dying, steaming, washing, applying gold leaf, embroidering, tailoring, and more, there are approximately 10–20 processes — requiring craftsmen to combined their strengths to create a single kimono.
It takes decades to become a professional craftsman.
The traditional Japanese kimono is the result of decades of experience, craftsmanship and sensibility.