As I was looking through the SS14 lookbook for Etoile by Isabel Marant, my old Judogi popped into my head. Hanging with its brown belt draped around the neckline and squeezed between old fur coats from my grandma, my radiant orchid puffy-princess-prom-dress and my father’s camouflage hunting jackets. There it was, sleeping like Snow White in my family’s winter cedar closet.
Isabel Marant’s last designs are truly inspired by Japanese culture and also taken from the traditional Judo uniform; the Judogi. This version of the kimono (that literally means “thing to wear”) was the first modern martial-arts training uniform, comprised of three parts that are usually cut from different fabrics. The loose jacket (uwagi) is made with high density cotton, cotton blend or hemp while the pants are in a lighter canvas (shitabaki) and the belt (obi) in cotton.
You can create your own version by mixing some of TÉLIO’s beautiful Pique and Quilted fabrics. I am really into this modern way of transforming the classic and traditional kimono into a fashion statement!