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We love to create beautiful bespoke frocks & other garments, so if you don't find something you love absolutely on our shop, look through our range of kimonos & designs available, and perhaps we can tailor something to your tastes.

If you’re in Tokyo, you can schedule an appointment to visit our home studio for a fitting and to peruse the kimonos we have available for reconstruction.

If you’re not sure what you’re after, or you just want to send you some love, just skip the extra details and send us a message! Would love to hear from you!

Please fill out the form below - feel free to give as much detail as possible

FAQ

1. All our kimonos are photographed to the best of our ability, if you wish to have extra photos to help your choices, please don’t hesitate to ask.

2. Our kimonos are pre-loved, hence due to their history any frays or oddities are all of part of their history & character. 

3. We will only make one of each particular design using a particular kimono, however the same design can be made in a different kimono & vice versa: the same kimono in a different design.

4. We are advocating the move of ‘slow fashion’ rather than fast, therefore we utilize all of the available kimono fabric to create different designs so that there is no waste.

5. Body measurements are very important for any custom order, so taking your bust, waist, hips, height ACCURATELY is crucial. We will send you a list of measurements required.

6.  A custom order generally takes around one month from when we start unpicking your selected kimono. Please allow for flexibility for this time frame, as numerous fittings may have to occur depending on the design & customer's measurements. 

7. Please be aware there is also at times a waiting list for custom orders. 

8. If you find a kimono you love that you wish no one else to claim but you’re not sure what you want made; the kimono can be held for you for a non-refundable deposit of 10,000JPY. The kimono can be held up for a period of 2 months, after it will be released back for availability.

BESPOKE ORDERS TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. All bespoke order pieces are non-refundable and require a 10,000JPY or equivalent currency deposit.

2. Bespoke orders will be made to the measurements taken on the day of fitting. Any changes to measurement will incur an alteration charge of 5000JPY

3. Once the design is finalized, any subsequent design changes will incur an alteration charge of 5000JPY

4. An installment payment option (lay-by) is available case by case.

5. Final payment must be received before the product is mailed out/given over. Any minor changes/alterations to the finished piece after the customer has picked up the finished order will be charged 5000JPY. Major changes' cost will be discussed individually.

6. We understand life happens, and unexpected things can pop up. If you have chosen a kimono & decided on design, but cannot afford to complete the order. We are happy to transfer your kimono deposit for a *future bespoke order. The kimono you’ve chosen will be placed back into availability for other clients.

*Please let us know as soon as possible *future bespoke order to be placed within 9months ie. choosing of new kimono & design.

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Please let us know what kind of design you are interested in for your custom order...
Please write the code of your top 2- 3 kimonos you are interested in to reconstruct for your bespoke piece, as not all weights of kimonos are suitable for certain designs. Codes are found if you hover each kimono image.
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When do you need this order by? Custom Orders take a minimum of 30 working days. If you need an EXPRESS Order please mention it in the "message" section below.
measure around the smallest part of your stomach - generally under the ribcage
measure around hips & the widest part of your bottom please.
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. HOW TK CAME INTO BEING .

“Tokyo Kaleidoscope & the concept & execution of our sustainability came about from a culmination of various events in my life.

It really began in childhood simply as a frugality & care for one’s self.

As a child I grew up suffering from eczema all over my body, so my mother took care to only dress me in natural materials next to my skin that were “breathable” ie. simple cottons, linens, cheesecloth,

( silks & cashmere blends when I was much older and better at taking care of my own clothes!).

Any type of wool was avoided as they were “insulator” fabrics which though great for keeping the warmth in, could also generate sweat further aggravating my condition.

Man made fabrics like polyester & rayon were also avoided because they too were not “breathable” increasing sweat and more itchiness.

My mother educating me about the strengths and weaknesses about fabrics resulted in me always being conscious of my fashion purchases and the materials they were made from. 

I’m a child of immigrants, when I look back now I realise little things they did, were not only to save money but to not be wasteful. Clothing, when I outgrew them were up cycled into cloth bags, made into warm blankets for our dog and ultimately torn into rags for cleaning day. I grew up with the thinking you don’t simply throw things away when you’re done with them but you find them new life until you literally cannot use them anymore.

We never shied away from thrift/vintage stores or the Salvos, for what could be someone else’s trash could be our treasure, especially as I grew up in an era where many clothes were being produced from man-made fabrics, fast fashion was becoming more apparent because it was cheaper - it was clothes of the past that I really saw the workmanship of tailors and the quality of materials. If the style was perhaps a bit old fashioned to my taste - I quickly learnt on a sewing machine how to alter it to my liking.

I still have silk blouses & vintage pieces I’ve discovered from various vintage markets & charity shops around the world. Even now I still love that thrill of discovery when I find a gem in a thrift store.

I entered University knowing I never wanted to sit behind a desk in a tall skyscraper with a whole load of paperwork in front of me, so I graduated from a course in which you had to have a business idea launched or in the making of. Working part-time in the Australian Fashion/Retail Industry as I studied, I saw a lack of “pretty, fashionable” clothing made from breathable, natural fabrics - everything was man-made fabrics or extremely expensive for a thin cotton/silk dress. The only brands creating clothes from purely cotton/linen/silk etc were for “basic items’ like a plain t-shirt or singlet.

I wanted to create clothes that were not only from good fabric but also something I could wear out for an event, a night out with friends, a date etc. I didn’t want it to be boring.

After I graduated from University - I hopped on a plane to Tokyo as I had discovered that Japan was one of the biggest population of eczema sufferers in the world. Having visited a couple of times before I also knew that Tokyo was highly fashion conscious but a lot of the clothes were created from man-made fabrics. I had a dream to create a fashion line called “breathe” of which the pieces were made from high-quality beautifully printed silks & cottons. However, after living here for a time; I saw the waste of fast-fashion, the quick turnover of seasonal wardrobes and knew that I didn’t want to contribute to such waste by creating a more traditional fashion production line.

I learnt whilst living here in Japan, that many Japanese after inheriting their family’s kimonos, simply did not have the space to keep them especially in central Tokyo - as a result, many kimonos were either sold to vintage dealers, thrown away or worst - burned because there was simply no capacity to store them or maintain them. It saddened me that such beautiful craftsmanship holding so many people’s life stories & such rich history were being discarded in such a manner.

One day as I was exploring one of my favourite vintage markets in Tokyo I found a vintage kimono that I liked, and having an event that night, needing something to wear - I knew that I could reconstruct something from the kimono. I bought that kimono and the first Tokyo Kaleidoscope frock was reconstructed that night.  

Tokyo Kaleidoscope grew from there, I loved that I was giving new life to these beautiful kimonos, that the majority of these vintage pieces were made from silks & cottons or silks/cotton/poly blends so that they were breathable to the skin and that what I was wearing was bespoke and no one else would have it!” LIA


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