For all of this week I have been focusing on the beauty of Japan and this week’s #FRIDAYFASHIONFIX is no different. This Japanese inspired brand started with founder and designer Clare Smith’s love for vintage kimonos. Clare amassed quite a collection of these exquisite pieces and began to think how she could both retain the heritage of this traditional Japanese art and repurpose it for today’s modern culture. Thus Moniko was born!
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t – what are you playing at?!) then you will have seen a luxe and vibrant clutch bag appear on special occasions. Since discovering Moniko last year I have become obsessed with their designs and use of vintage Japanese kimonos and obi to create unique clutch bags and accessories.
This Moniko Clutch is from the Obi Collection and is one of Moniko’s most popular designs. Each piece is unique as the rich Japanese fabrics are so detailed and diverse that no two are ever alike. These bags are made from carefully combining the kimono with the luxurious obi to become a celebration of sophistication and originality.
The smooth finish of the vintage silk contrasting with the textured Matsu design in this glorious gold and bright crimson just oozes old school glamour. It dresses up what would be an ordinary outfit with a touch of class and opulence and definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.
This Fukuro Obi was sourced from near Osaka and dates back to the 1970s. Each Moniko piece has its own “Moni Kode”, which allows you to find out more about the heritage of your purchase online. This is the wonderful story behind mine….
“The embroidered design on this Fukuro Obi consists of ‘Kikkuo’ and ‘Matsu’: two common motifs in Japanese fabric design. Kikkou – the hexagonal pattern, is one of the most widely used in obi designs. The pattern represents long life as it resembles a tortoise shell; in Japanese history, the tortoise was believed to live for one thousand years. Matsu, arranged within the hexagons, symbolise Pine Trees: a hardy and strong plant. The Samurai often planted pine trees as they believed that the needle like leaves offered protection.” – MONIKO
Another reason why I love this brand is because not only do they work at retaining the beauty of the past in creating beautiful pieces today, but they also help improve the future lives of those who are part of self help groups at NGOs in South East Asia. This is where each Moniko bag is bought to life.
Thank you to Moniko who gifted me with this stunning piece and as always the thoughts and opinions are my own.
*All photos are taken by Sam at Life Photography.