Written by Valerie Fujita
Images source: Q-Pot
Mori Girls have a certain taste. And even through what we think sometimes the insignificant detail, they place their goal in a quite quality. As some might shop at Wonder Rocket, they don’t hesitate to offer themselves the so sweet and so precious accessories from the now famous brand Q-Pot. Q-Pot philosophy is to transmit smile and happiness and use their accessories as a communication tool between people. They say themselves “People are happy to wear Q-Pot, and people enjoy seeing it worn”. Q-Pot is actually like a tea pot from which we don’t know which mystery would pop out. As the chain of happiness made by Q-Pot accessories to make people smile, we surely become happier. Let’s have a closer look …
Founded at the beginning of 1987, Q-Pot grew little by little to gain its fame and to own now 11 stores and 1 online shop in Japan, to employ 70 employees devoted to their designer, M. Tadaaki Wakamatsu, and even being distributed outside of Japan, in France, United States, United Kingdom and Korea... But, and here is the problem, their distributors are professional fashion exhibitions like Tranoi, or famous museum brand like Moma or Victoria & Albert, so their accessories wouldn’t be so easy to find outside of Japan.
Q-Pot has developed through the years, seven main lines, from which, one is a steady collaboration with Disney company. If Q-Pot accessories are mainly related to sweets and cakes shapes, and this is why Mori Girls (but I guess some Lolitas too) appreciate their creations, they develop other designs.
The first line couldn’t have another name that Q-Pot products as it is the oldest line, made by the company at its creation. These are classic Q-Pot designs, made in the shape of ice creams, chocolates, strawberries… shapes that you would be sure to find again in their other lines, in a more detailed collection. This Spring Summer collection of Q-Pot products is based on the image of circus introducing pop corn and rainbow flags. Their collection is actually based on the idea of woven stories mixed to a pop art design and a unique twist. These items are classics!
Q-Pot Parlor is certainly the most famous line of their accessories, and the ones that everyone, even outside of Japan are talking about. Motifs are sweets and cakes throughout the collection. The lovely designed strawberries and banana cup cakes, “petits chocolats” (small chocolates) as they called them, macaroons, on necklaces, rings, cell phone straps…would charm every adult that would like to keep the childhood remains a little longer. It’s only filled with sweetness and happiness and we would even dare to eat them.
Q-Pot Lounge is a more adult collection made with finest materials and a better advanced technology. It has been developed and conceptualized with a luxury world view, a bit like a three starts restaurant. Hotel du Q-Pot developed goods such as glasses, slippers, notes with their same taste as their chocolate line. Q-Pot even developed a wedding line, simple and elegant melty pair rings for happy couple.
Through their line Q-Pot baby, the designers want mother and child to share their smiles and connect them. Yes, that’s the whole story of Q-Pot, connecting people by smiley faces. You’ll find rompers, parkas, t-shirts, teddy bears, bibs…Q-Pot has also a collaboration with Disney, using the characters Mickey, Minnie, and of course the eternal Alice.
But be careful, if Q-Pot seems to be linked with childhood, it is most certainly linked to fantasy and fantasy that happen in adult world, as if you can find rings for about 5000 yens, most of the accessories would cost you not less than 20 000 yens, and some even reaching higher prices, about 35 000 yens. But we are in Japan, and dream has its own price.