T-Kimono: Traditional Suit Meets Traditional Kimono

Don’t you feel that Japanese culture has increased in our recent daily life? Sushi, Japanese green tea, Manga and Anime, all of these things are fairly commonplace in the western world now. But classical Japanese menswear has not yet found its way into the western mainstream. An initiative started by Yamato, the biggest player of the kimono industry, will try to change that with their new collaboration that has brought forth the T-Kimono.

The T-Kimono is a collaboration between Norwegian tailor and designer T-Michael and Japanese company Y. & Sons. T-Michael is one of the masterminds behind Norwegian Rain, a successful bespoke fashion brand that specializes in waterproof outerwear. Y. & Sons is an offshoot of Yamato, and is distinguished by their efforts to modernize the kimono for a younger, hipper, male audience.

The T-Kimono is a wool-suit kimono that was developed in collaboration between T-Michael and Y. & Sons. The line of kimonos debuted at Pitti Uomo earlier this year. The fabric features a heavy flannel cloth with a mono stripe running through the entire length. Suits are known for their tailored, structural curves; kimono’s are known for their untailored straight lines. Another big difference between the two garments is the approach as to how they are intended to cover the body.On the one hand suits traditionally are made to fit snugly around the body, on the other hand kimonos are meant to have a more loose fit. The T-Kimono tries to unite the best of both worlds.

The T-Kimono will be available at Y. & Sons beginning in October 2017. It’s priced at 81,000 yen and the haori jacket is 75,600 yen.

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