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Sunday, February 21, 2010

The fictionnal land made in Colkinikha

Written by Valerie Fujita
Images source: Made in Colkinikha

About 5 to 10 minutes of walk from Naka Meguro Station, Made in Colkinikha finally opened its first shop, last month, on the 16th of February. And it is the occasion to talk a bit more about this definitely Mori Girl classified brand. The brand made its start in 2002, under the name Colkinikha. The designer, Kate Sakai, at this time was making her internship for Keio University (a 150 years private institution of higher learning) at the company Matild, in Isetan (department store of high quality fashion), Shinjuku. The brand that became independent in 2005 finally adopted the name Made in Colkinikha.

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

Colkinikha is a fictional Country which name and design would make us immediately think of a Northern country (we well know that Mori Girl style is inspired by Northern Europe style). The country, a small land with an average temperature of 14 ℃, would be located close to Russia. The numerous small villages would be lost under the colors of an eternal grey sky, of days of snowing, but where you would live with a warm heart. And this is what Made in Colkinikha want to transmit through its line; clothes that would be worn in this small fictional land. Therefore, Made in Colkinikha clothes could be a proposition of the Northern Europe type of sense. At the heart of the collection, the ice color and girly one piece is a must.

Made in Colkinikha proposes different lines, such as their popular accessories made with recycled cloth or paper to give them a new life, small items such as lace collars; they also have a collaboration with Disney as Q-Pot (you will notice the active participation of Disney in the fashion industry in Japan), and a line of limited items (limited items are very popular) as a separated line, called “One & Only”.

Kate Sakai, has something that sounds English, although, our designer born in 1982, is typically Japanese, which is something that becomes obvious when you look at the original writing of her name, 酒井 景都 (Sakai Keto). Japanese have sometimes this habit to play with Kanji, their meanings and sounds, to create something that would look different; in the case of “Keto” something that sounds English, and an idea linked to nature associated to the idea of a town. And her look-like English name would appear more logical, when you know that Kate Sakai parents are running a shop of antiques from UK.

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

But what we should mention about Kate Sakai, is that she is from far pretty prolific as her activities are not limited to fashion scene. She participated in designing Shiseido Majolica Majorca make-up line, a line with a jewelry look, in designing websites, had activities in magazines (she started her career as a model for the 82 years magazine Olive)… She even wrote three books, Europikha, Cahier de Mignon and Millie Moi (if the two second titles are supposed to be in French actually, it doesn’t make sense, but we know Japanese like to use foreign languages, as they simply like the writing and sound).

If the 2008 autumn and winter collection was made of dark colors, from which we can see the Japanese shy girl look touch (round shapes, middle sleeves worn on basic turtlenecks shirt, huge round buttons, a very well-behaved girl silhouette), the new collection for this spring and summer seasons seems to have acquire the first identity of Mori Girl look, loose blouses and dresses and light natural colors. We should definitely keep an eye on Made in Colkinikha creations.

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

Mori Girl Japanese Fashion Made in Colkinikha

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