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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!

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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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THE TK WORLD

simple skincare basics

leanne yew

If you’ve known me for awhile, you’ll know its more of a rare occasion to see me with make up then without.

FRESH FACED

FRESH FACED

PLAYING WITH MAKE UP

PLAYING WITH MAKE UP

Taking care of my skin naturally & being comfortable with my appearance has been inbuilt in me since childhood (due to my mother) because I suffered from eczema quite strongly (as do lots of Asian children) all over my body. I became so used to saltwater baths/wading into the ocean (salt dries up the wetness of the eczema which lets it heal over quicker) and the stinging that if I ever get an ulcer in my mouth now - I just straight up put salt on it to kill it - it stings unbearably for a couple of seconds but then its over.

Generally my mother & I treated my eczema with all natural products for my entire childhood like saltwater, aloe vera, eating healthy, drinking loads of water etc, only if it became ridiculously bad - did I ever resort to cortisone cream. I still remember my dermatologist telling me that (back then) “don’t use this cream ever on your face, as its like poison - it kills the bad skin but also kills the good skin!”. That has stayed with me forever, and made me realise a lot of the formal medications being prescribed for any sort of ailment had a lot of power to not only do good to your body but bad too.

So don’t get me wrong, I do love splurging on the “natural skincare cosmetics” you can find in beauty stores to help take care of my skin, but I believe first that you have to have good basic foundation of healthy natural, ingredients intake and just live by a some simple rules. I’m not a dietician, licensed beautician or anything like that - these are just my experiences in taking care of my skin.

  1. DRINK WATER & KEEP ON DRINKING WATER!!

    I cannot emphasize how much the simple act of consuming drinking water is soooo good for your skin! Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water and the skin is the largest organ on our body. Organs require water to function, you can see straight away when your skin is feeling dehydrated because our skin become dry, flaky, scaly & gross. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkling too.

    Even as I type this - I have a large glass of water right next to me which I’ve been steadily drinking (and which is probably due for a refill!). I probably drink about 2-3 litres (plus) a day - I don’t actually religiously monitor it - but I know I drink a lot.

    SO DRINK THAT WATER!!

    I get it though - some people find water boring too drink - so add some fresh slices of lemon/cucumber/fruits/a splash of apple cider vinegar to it - water doesn’t have to be boring. I’m a bit lazy so I only add little extras when I’m consciously thinking I want to create a fancier water.

  2. WHEN YOU HAVE A PIMPLE/SPOT - DON’T COVER IT WITH MAKE UP!!

    To me this is just basic, whenever I get a spot (or can feel one under my skin) - I NEVER EVER cover it up with concealer/foundation! I never understood why people cover it up with make up.

    The reason you have a spot is because your pores are blocked with oils/dirt etc - if you cover it up you’re just adding more to it and making it worse! Your pore needs to breathe & get that dirt out of it!

    SO HOW DO YOU GET RID OF IT?

    When I do get a spot, I tend to alternate between a few natural remedies which I have found work well for me. I generally do these mini treatments, after I’ve showered/washed my face/about to go to bed/steamed my face.

    • organic apple cider vinegar

      I swear apple cider vinegar works for almost everything! I include it in my daily life so much (from putting it in tea/water/salad dressings/hair rinses/hair masks/toners etc ). It deserves a post of it own which I will do one day. For pimples/spots/skin blemishes, tho I tend to just get a little bit of it on the finger & dab it onto the spot directly. You can dilute it with water & put it in a spray bottle too as for some skin types - it can be a bit harsh. My laziness just kicks in, and I apply it directly. I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (get it in a glass bottle rather than plastic!)

    • garlic

      Now I can be a bit of a pimple popper… *whoops I know its the worst thing to do - hubby always scolds me* & then it can scab a bit… I googled “how to get rid of a spot/scab quicker naturally” and a lot of blogs mentioned cutting a garlic clove & rubbing it on the spot. I thought why not… so I tried it and my goodness it worked well!! So as long as you don’t mind smelling like garlic - it does work well for spots/scabs! I read some recipes that people minced the garlic & mixed it with honey (which has great anti bacterial properties!) to make more of paste to leave overnight on the spot…but that required more effort than I wanted to do…

    • tea tree oil

      Tea Tree oil is very popular to dry out spots/pimples. I actually don’t use it too much as I find it then dries out the skin area surrounding the spot too much and when that happens I have to apply aloe vera gel over it. However it works really well for my hubby, so each to their own, as everyone’s skin type is different.

  3. LET YOUR SKIN BREATHE

    Good skin is clear pores, if you’re wearing make up every day - you’re blocking those pores and increasing the risk of filling them with dirt, oil & other gross things. Generally, I’m not wearing make up at all - I only put on make up if I’m shooting my outfits, kimonos in the studio or if I have an event to go too.

    Even when I wear make up, I only cover the bags under my eyes with concealer, and perhaps a few little skin blemishes to even it all out, do some eye make up and the occasional red lippie. I never coat my face all over in concealer, foundation - you can still see my freckles (sunspots as my mum calls them! haha)

    Letting my skin breathe like this has definitely helped me in maintaining clear skin.

    If you can’t go out fresh faced (because of work or whatever) try and minimize what you put on your face - a tinted moisturizer/concealer with SPF - only cover the areas you really need too.

  4. MOISTURIZE/SUNCREAM

    Moisturizing your skin is also helpful to keeping it hydrated. There’s lots of creams available obviously and I’ve yet to find an absolute favourite but what I have started to love for my skin moisturization is oils! I love alternating between different types of organic oils as its great to give your skin a change every now and again. I will do a more specific post about oils later but these are the ones I have used/still used.

    • argan

    • calendula

    • carrot

    • coconut

    • rosehip

    • vitamin C serums

    SUNCREAM SPF+

    I have a love-hate relationship with suncream & SPF.

    The smell, the greasiness, the heaviness of many of them just makes it feel so gross upon the skin & takes days to scrub off. A few days of wearing suncream on my face - I could feel my skin breaking out because my pores were so filled with all of the suncream oil - I HATED IT. It would also make my eczema flare up at times, because again my skin was so blocked with sun cream oil - it would get itchy and I would get an ezcema patch.

    Growing up in Australia however, I’m fully aware of the dangers of skin cancer (thanks to the SLIP, SLOP, SLAP campaign! anyone else remember that from their childhood?!) and I can’t wear a hat too well as I have so much hair that it just becomes sweaty so quickly! So for those days, I’m at the beach, generally I still wear SPF 15+ (I know its really low!) on my body (plus I’m of Malaysian heritage - I actually rarely burn - have that darker pigmentation gene in me) and for my face I either cover it with a hat/towel.

    It’s only recently that I finally discovered an SPF 50+ that I can wear most days on my face (however I still give my facial pores a break - I don’t wear it every day). There are two brands I like, one Korean & one Japanese that don’t have that highly chemical/alcohol smell and still feel light & lovely on my skin.

    However I’m still researching suncreams, as I would like one that I know for sure is made with natural ingredients.

INNISFREE (KOREAN BEAUTY BRAND)  Smells so good, and nice & light application. I use this one for reapplication during the day - normally I use the Japanese one for first application.

INNISFREE (KOREAN BEAUTY BRAND)

Smells so good, and nice & light application. I use this one for reapplication during the day - normally I use the Japanese one for first application.

SKIN AQUA TONE UP SPRAY (JAPAN)  I love this one for my face and how it even outs your complexion - the famous one is the original blue one (without the tone up) but I like this one better - smells nice too - no alcohol smell

SKIN AQUA TONE UP SPRAY (JAPAN)

I love this one for my face and how it even outs your complexion - the famous one is the original blue one (without the tone up) but I like this one better - smells nice too - no alcohol smell

SKIN AQUA TONE UP SUNCREAM (JAPAN)  The cream version of the spray - I use this for the body and face, but for the face I do prefer the spray version more. Just personal preference.

SKIN AQUA TONE UP SUNCREAM (JAPAN)

The cream version of the spray - I use this for the body and face, but for the face I do prefer the spray version more. Just personal preference.

6. EAT SOME ROASTED/RAW UNSALTED NUTS

There’s a reason why so many beauty products boasts the use of ingredients such as macadamia oil, walnut oil, almond oil, cashew oil… because those nuts are great for your body especially supposedly walnuts for the skin!

So why not incorporate some of them into your daily diet! literally a handful of them a day are great for your appetite, digestion and its such a healthy snack! Though I do mix mine with dried cranberries & a bit of chocolate… haha that’s my kind of trail mix.


That ends the first installment of my skincare stories. Future installments will cover my use of organic natural oils/serums for my skin/face. Favourite facemasks, hairmasks, toners etc. Is there anything you would specifically like me to write about first? Please let me know in the comments!

Hope you enjoyed the read!

to rewear & reconstruct

leanne yew

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The original flutter sleeve frock

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One of the many things I love about being able to sew my own clothes is that I can alter them into new designs when I get bored of the original design.

I’ve loved this orange-red floral kimono print for an age. It was one of the first kimonos I found, so one of my first experiments into reconstruction and before I used to document my kimono collection.

In this original flutter sleeve mini frock, I realised after putting it together I’d accidentally cut the bodice length a couple centimetres shorter then was ideal for me, especially with a V back which raised the waistband up more than I ideally liked, which also resulted in the skirt of the dress being a tad shorter than I wanted. The pockets were also lower than they are now in my recent designs.

However I still loved the dress so much; even with its few errors I wore it around the world as I couldn’t decide what to change it into. It was only recently I took the two pieces of the mini frock & the maxi skirt and thought how can I change these two, to not waste fabric, but to turn them into pieces I would wear even more?

Plus the waistband on my mini frock had become a wee bit tight! haha.

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became a sleeveless open back mini frock

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The flutter sleeve mini frock became a sleeveless mini frock with an open back and a wider waist band, which made the skirt drop an extra cm or two in length at the back making it a safer length for bending over, sitting down etc. As much as I love my flutter sleeves, I’m someone who prefers minimal clothing especially for the hot summers where I want to wear as little as possible. The flutter sleeves were taken off and instead used to change the maxi skirt into something I would wear even more!


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The original maxi skirt with a slit

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From the other fabric remaining in this kimono I first created a maxi skirt with a high slit. Being one of my first pieces, this skirt has travelled around the world with me; from hiking the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu, exploring the islands of the Galapagos, traipsing through Europe and walking barefoot on lush grass in Sri Lanka.

When I first started recreating from kimonos, I would create the outfits with the zips on the side, however after awhile I switched to putting the zips at the centre back as I liked the look better. It always kind of annoyed me that this skirt I loved had a side zip but I didn’t have really have a reason to change it or the time!

After a while I realised that I wear maxi frocks more frequently than maxi skirts, as it was just easier especially whilst travelling so once I came to that realization and decided I would alter my mini frock version, I knew I could take the fabric of my mini frock sleeves and use them to turn my maxi skirt into a maxi frock.

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became a bikini front maxi frock with multi-way straps

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OPEN BACK

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CROSS BACK

The Aussie girl in me has always been comfortable with a bit more revealing, backless designs especially because I’m rather flat-chested & lack the need of a bra.

Backless, needing support, showing too much cleavage was never a concern for me. However I always had trouble deciding when I made my dresses, do I do an open back or a cross back?

Then I thought, well why don’t I make both possible by making the straps a bit longer and adding in adjustable bra slides… so the question is which way would you wear it? Open Back or Cross Back?! Let me know in the comments below! ^_~

PS. I favour the open back more! teehee

to the next chapter...

leanne yew

and suddenly you just know... it’s time to start something new and trust in the magic of beginnings..
— meister eckhart
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Sometimes it’s time to just take that leap of faith, take a risk and see where it leads you. This year, I’m entering a new bend in the road with TK. It’s a path I have always been meaning to traverse down however there’s been a few detours, roadblocks along the way - combined with a few rest stops but I am so excited for this new part of the journey.

I want this blog to encapsulate not only how I incorporate TK into my life, in my travels, but also my journey of trying to make my life more green, more sustainable and more conscious of how I can be even more considerate of Mother Earth whilst living in this amazing city of Tokyo.

I hope to be more proactive with the blogging so have set a goal of twice a month to give me a bit of a push to create content and just see how things go.

Here’s hoping you will find my little musings of words entertaining and perhaps even helpful for your own little world.