• Fashion Revolution Day #insideout Who made your clothes? @clubmonaco leather jacket @thisiswhistles came top and skirt both Made in China
  • Fashion Revolution Day begins @fash_rev Will be asking throughout the day - who made your clothes?  Hope everyone joins in! #InsideOut (pic via @gettyfashion)
  • It was announced a while ago but wanted to say how happy I am to have been asked to select Dress of the Year 2013 at Fashion Museum in Bath. My choice was this @christopherkanestudio SS13 beauty.
  • Love this concertina beach scene print on @marios_official tote available at @therefineryhk now! #PMQIS
  • Congrats to my cousin @elizabethlauldn and her new shop @therefineryhk in the new PMQ building @PMQHKDesign #PMQIS much love for @BernstockSpeirs bunny ears!

>> "Mame" (as in eda-mame) may well be the cutest nickname I've ever come across but Mame, the brand, conceived by Maiko Kurogouchi is anything but cute, nor does it have anything to do with beans.  There are two prongs to mame, which I discovered when I was in Tokyo.  One is her beautifully cut, stitched and sculpted plastic PVC line of accessories, which brought her to prominence in the Tokyo fashion scene.  Her deft and specific approach towards this material might be something Kurogouchi inherited from her time working at Issey Miyake's design studio, after she graduated from Bunka Fashion College.  She had to really coax factories in Japan to covnince them to produce her bags, which were brought about from her wanting to elevate this material.  Embedded with lucite hardware and packed with cut-outs, stitching and complex layers, each bag is a marvel to look at.  Who knew that precise articulate craft and that heady smell of inflatable plastic toys in a pool could combine together so well?

Her clothing line though is less fraught with jagged edges and high-octane transparency.  These are clothes rooted in the little pleasures in life.  One season flows from one to the next in serene wabi-sabi motion and Kurogouchi's idyllic upbringing in the lush countryside of Nagano in Japan informs much of it.  This season in particular though, Kurogouchi thought of her grandmother and her craft-based habits – the way she presses flowers in books, her appreciation of certain ceramics and just the general modus operandi of her slow-paced life in the country.  Each gesture is reflected in Kurogouchi's delectable smorgasbord of beautiful textiles.  Yeah ok, every Japanese designer has that advantage of creating small runs of beautiful fabrics but here, it's fine and delicate embroidery, sweet broderie angalaise and crochet flowers on knitted collars that stand out and feel singular and personal to mame.  When local designers, who've not yet ventured out into the murky waters of selling internationally, ask me whether I think buyers would be interested, you're often squirmingly obliged to give false words of encouragement.  Not so with mame.  There's a pretty and unexplored tale about rural Japan to tell here along with all its ancestral craft-driven pleasures.  I've not been yet but I do now that I've copped a feel of mame's collection.  That's down to Kurogouchi's magic beans.         

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Watch the sky of mame's S/S 14 lookbook change from dawn till dusk in the lush hillsides of Kurogouchi's hometown

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Comments (15)

  1. Ana says:

    Those bags + Iris van Herpen’s dresses = BFFs!

  2. Venoma says:

    Lovely!
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  3. Asskicker says:

    That Nice! Love these color!

  4. jas says:

    wow! those bags are incredible! works of art.
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  5. Nic says:

    I’d like to buy a bag … is this possible?

  6. Kier Mellour says:

    Love the clothing line, & the bags are absolutely gorgeous.
    With Love From Hollywood,
    Kier
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