When designers of different cultures collaborate, it opens up the possibilities for new interpretations of ancient traditions. The kimono, for instance, is a cornerstone of Japanese culture. Often adorned in bright colors and motifs, the garments have been around for centuries and still take their cues from long ago.
The upcoming T-Kimono, however, is a unique twist on the authentic Japanese kimono. Developed by Norwegian tailor and designer T-Michael and Tokyo-based company Y. & Sons, the bespoke fashions blend the silhouette of the traditional robes with the minimalism of Scandinavian style. Most notably, there are no patterns on these kimonos; rather, they’re clad in colors like blue and grey.
Made from a wool-suit material, the weight of the T-Kimono fabric offers supple draping with bold-yet-clean lines and structured curves. These characteristics are similar to that of a Western-style tailored suit. Combined with the loose-fitting nature of a kimono, it’s a stylish blending of the two distinct design aesthetics—and it looks great.
With its muted hues and focus on minimalism, the T-Kimono is geared towards a younger male audience. They’re not available yet, but Y. & Sons will start carrying them in October 2017.