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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.

Name *
Name
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.
Date
Date
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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the process

the original roll of kimono in tanmono form wrapped around Lia

the original roll of kimono in tanmono form wrapped around Lia

the separate top worn strapless

the separate top worn strapless

separate shorts paired with a plain tank

separate shorts paired with a plain tank

the separate shorts & top combined into a playsuit

the separate shorts & top combined into a playsuit

the summer/spring frock

the summer/spring frock

the autumn/winter frock

the autumn/winter frock

. THE PROCESS OF FABRIC ORIGAMI .

Fabric Origami is a term coined by Lia as she spent more and more time reconstructing from vintage kimonos.

Kimonos are traditionally made in 36-38cm width, which is significantly shorter from the metre-yard width of the average fabrics; so it required some creative thinking to reconstruct the pieces into our bespoke pieces.

Since she was little, Lia was always creating pieces by just looking at it & logically deconstructing the design in her mind - then reconstructing it in another material.

Having been trained in traditional pattern-making & tailoring techniques during her University days (at the encouragement of her mother) - Lia combined the skills learnt from those techniques along with the logical deconstruction of designs she liked (mathematics!) and applied a love of pleating/folding to the kimonos to create the necessary lengths of fabric for creation but still keeping the original width of the kimonos within each fabric panel as much as possible.

With what has now become her signature pleating accents in many of her designs; the pleating/folding process reminded Lia of her childhood making paper origami into fantastical, fun shapes & creatures without cutting the paper.

Henceforth, she began using the term “Fabric Origami” to help explain how the Tokyo Kaleidoscope designs are reconstructed. Minimal cutting is utilized (only for neck holes, occasional armhole, required lengths of fabric, etc) as the rest of the fabric is pleated or folded away to create the necessary size (which also allows for future adjustments in size to be made if needed.)

<<<<<< see in the photos how one tanmono kimono roll became 4 different bespoke pieces (dependent on an individual’s measurements! waste not, want not!



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