Upcycling is the art of giving new life to what might otherwise be discarded. In Japan, the upcycle trend has taken on an air of modernity and sophistication, from exquisite pearl jewelry to speakers that double as modern art. Shop sustainably in style.
You’ve heard of smart casual, but now it’s time to make way for kimono casual. No longer will beautiful kimonos go unused, sleeping in a dusty wardrobe, as this Asakusa-based shoemaker will upcycle them into one-of-a-kind sneakers.
The hand-crafted shoes are made with genuine leather and legacy silk kimono fabric, each one created to bring out the beauty of the kimono’s pattern. Price: From ¥30,000 (TBC on release)