Some of the most extravagant everyday bras are designed for the Japanese market. These bras are often heavily padded for forward projection and lots of cleavage, then decorated with over-the-top details like 3D floral embroidered appliques, contrast bows, and romantic fabric gathers. If you’re into fanciful embellishments like bows, flowers, and butterflies, Japanese lingerie might be exactly your thing. However, if you live outside of Japan, it’s not the most […]
One of the most fascinating things I ever learned about the lingerie industry is that different countries carry different products. That is, even if the same umbrella company has a presence in multiple places (like Wacoal or Triumph), what’s available to buy in each country can (and likely will) vary. When you say that aloud, it makes perfect sense. After all, the American preference for beige, contour cup, t-shirt bras […]
One of my first lingerie shopping experiences was at Kaori’s Closet Tokyo in NYC. A sweet little boutique on Houston, Kaori’s Closet offered fancifully-decorated Japanese lingerie, otherwise unavailable in the US, and pretty loungewear from international indie lines. With bras covered in engineered floral embroidery, 3D lace appliques, textured elastics, and perfectly-placed rhinestones, the shop was overtly girly and definitely over the top.
I went on a fashion expedition to Japan this spring seeking inspiration. As a fashion designer, I try to balance the inward-looking process of coming up with new designs against the eyes-wide-open search for inspiration. Japan was an exciting place to visit on this kind of trip. Just putting myself bodily in such a far-away place made me open my senses to the beauty and aesthetic possibilities of things natural […]