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!