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More Kyoto Inspiration

Posted on 25 April 2011

Today was the first sunny day after two cold and rainy days, but it didn't stop us from our explorations.  In our wanderings I discovered a new vintage obi and kimono store and found some very interesting fabrics for what will be the Spring/Summer 2011 collection.  Because of the fear of radiation and uncertainty following the recent earthquake and tsunami, my sourcing trip had to be delayed until now. Though, I believe good things are always worth waiting for and I hope my upcoming collection will not disappoint.
This is one of my favourite new finds. It's not the typical colourful Fukuro obi that I choose for my Envelope Clutches. This is aMaru obi, woven in the Nishijin style of Kyoto and more subdued in colour.
 
 You can see in the close up that it is an intricately woven pattern of cranes and ferns on a black background, with gold and bronze threads.
In the upcoming collection you will be seeing a new style of clutch!  I've been using the prototype for a few weeks and am convinced that fans of MISCHA will embrace it. Although my original Envelope clutch, has been my favourite since the beginning, I anticipate that the new "Folio Clutch" will surpass it in popularity. I've chosen to use mostly Maru obi for the new shape. They are more subdued in pattern and colour so the feeling is more androgynous and contemporary. And the best part; you won't have the problem you usually do with smaller clutches of deciding what you can bring, everything fits inside it!X

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