KIMONO HAT Concept | Kimono Upcycled | Keiko Tagai

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 easy and enjoyable into the daily lives of people around the world who have never had the opportunity to experience kimono before.

Keiko Tagai sincerely hope for the sustainable development of the declining kimono industry and aim to globalize new kimono styles.

古物商許可証 (Secondhand Dealer License Certificate) 第631312300035号

One-of-a-kind, Handmade

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).

Unisex, Genderless

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 -

Kimonos in use | KIMONO HAT | Keiko Tagai

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? -

What is a real KIMONO? | KIMONO HAT | Keiko Tagai

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.