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The Japanese Coat

The Japanese Coat

The Japanese Coat

The Japanese Coat

The Japanese Coat

The Japanese Coat

Apparently I am not getting over pleats, slides and Mango these days. I didn’t realize but the whole outfit (minus the coat) is from Mango. I don’t shop often but I have quite a collection of pieces coming from there. I know the brand from my time in Italy and always enjoyed shopping it online. The editorials are simple yet beautiful and easily shoppable. I rarely go to the new in section to shop, instead I buy directly from their edits. Now I’ve said that about Mango, be sure I’ll be talking more about its digital presence as soon as possible.

I think I’ve spread enough love for now so let’s talk about THE piece of that outfit. I titled this post japanese coat but what I’m actually wearing is called haori. It’s a type of vest Japanese people wear over their kimono. I bought mine 7 years ago in a kimonoya – a shop selling kimonos. The reason I went to this shop was for a photo shooting. I was modelling and we needed proper kimonos. During our visit to the shop, François, my photographer friend, asked many questions to the owners – a family consisting of parents, their daughter and granddaughter. Curious, I started asking questions around the History of dressing in Japan. Seeing how passionate I was about the subject, the owners started encouraging me buying something for myself rather than the shooting. That’s how I got this japanese coat.

This piece of clothing means a lot to me. Yes I bought it but it felt like a gift. You know this feeling people want to share their culture with you? It felt exactly that way. That’s why I cherish it so much. This piece of clothing embodies really well why I enjoy fashion and style. Each time I am travelling I always try to buy a piece of clothing from the country I am visiting. It doesn’t have to be something as traditional as the haori though. What I enjoy is bringing back a garment that shows how people from that place perceive fashion and style.

 

I will post about my japanese sartorial journey on my Instagram, so follow me there! 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    andreasnirvana
    5th April 2017 at 7:00 am

    This is amazing! I’ve heard Japan is so beautiful, I can’t wait to be able to go there! New cultural experiences are so enriching, aren’t they?
    By the way, I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award (my post’s right here: https://andreasnirvana.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/my-mystery-blogger-awards-nomination/).
    Let me know if you’re planning on doing it!! 😀
    Keep hustling x
    Andrea

    • Reply
      Emmanuelle
      6th April 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Hello Andrea,

      Thank you so much for the comment and the nomination!

      Japan is a fantastic. I think it’s good to go to Tokyo but not only. Try out other cities as the mood, the people, the food are different.
      Cultural experiences are what I enjoy the most when travelling/living in a country. You can learn so much from it!

      Emmanuelle
      See you xx

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