Yesterday, I was invite to the preview of SS14 collections by two Japanese brands.
Kaval by Kenichi Kogasaka showed clothing from beautifully dyed indigo fabric as well as high quality natural materials. Every piece is manufactured at their own small factory based in Tochigi, Japan. Kenichi has been saving old machineries abandoned by other factories that went bankrupt because of competition with cheaper asian factories. They even weave own fabric using those special machines, dyes fabric in natural dyes and sew pieces using antique sewing machines which give details that new machinery can not.
Andrew Driftwood is a brand created by Aogu Otsuka who worked as a Menswear designers at Arts&Science, one of the most regarded fashion brands in Japan. Being interested in craftsmanship, he created truly one-off pieces made out of vintage fabric dyed naturally using tea and charcoal, for examples. The cut is well-thought and very comfortable to wear.
The exhibition is on for 6 days from today. Using this opportunity, it is worth having a look at the beautifully crafted fashionable wears made in Japan. Personal orders are possible, too!
Kaval & Andrew Driftwood S/S 2014 Exhibition