Worn Out Wednesday – Katsu Tanaka

first_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs When we were at Beam & Anchor in Portland (yes, we can’t stop talking about that town) we were intrigued by these handsome ties, scarves, pocket squares and bags made from vintage Japanese kimono fabric by a brand called Kiriko. It’s refreshing to see new prints when we are afloat in a sea of gingham and plaid these days and the indigo colors are relevant and rich for upcoming seasons.We did some research and asked around until we met the man behind Kiriko. Katsu Tanaka.Here is his story:My career started as a vintage dealer. I was exporting vintage pieces from America to Japan.  With my business partner (at the time), we started this vintage Nike sneaker movement here in Portland. Back then, we were sending large containers full of used goods to Japan and selling them to various stores.In the early 2000s we saw a new opportunity to bring Japanese toys to the US. We opened a small store in Portland, which turned into Compound (the store I currently own). For the last 10 years, I’ve run this street fashion and sneaker boutique. In recent years, it seems the trends, styles and products have started to cycle through so quickly–everything is mass produced.My business partner Dawn Yanagihara and I started Kiriko with a completely different sentiment. We take the old and try to make it new and relevant again. One of the materials we work with is salvaged vintage kimonos. Unfortunately many of these materials are not seen as valuable in Japan. We re-contextualize these materials into unique limited edition accessories, so they can find a second life.We spend a lot of time making each product; carefully matching patterns, patching, stitching, sewing and the last step is a special washing to make the fabric softer. This is something that we can not mass-produce and we like it that way.We also recycle every piece of fabric.  Big pieces are used to make scarves, and leftover fabrics are used as patches for our boro line…nothing is wasted. For us, each piece of fabric has a character and a story to tell; they represent traditional processes and techniques that deserve to be recognized and cherished.Our mission is to provide unique and high quality hand made products that will stand out in crowds.  We hope people will feel the history and sentiment behind each piece.We also asked Katsu about his personal style and here is what he had to say:Jeans:  Levis 510 selvedge.  I used to wear only 501s, but now I’ve begun to appreciate denim with a modern fit. I like to customize my denim with some of the vintage fabrics we have left over from production.Shirts:   I was just wearing a vintage Towncraft button-down Henryneck tee.Jacket : Pre-WW2 cow hide leather jacket. It’s a favorite piece of mine. I found it at the Portland Antique Expo. It was a perfect fit and one of those vintage finds that make you feel as though you were meant to find that item.Shoes: Grenson Toe cap oxford. Just a great classic shoe. It dresses up any outfit and goes with anything.Accessories:  I wear our boro scarf made with antique handwoven hand dyed Japanese indigo. I love how it just adds that extra color and pattern to the design. It really makes it an interesting piece to wear.My hat is a vintage Bardsley  with custom leather strap.My watch is Omega Speedmaster with a custom leather band.I also collect lots of Native American jewelry. My rings and cuffs are vintage silver and turquoise pieces.Your favorite App:  Waterlouge!Favorite piece of technology:  My iPhoneNext tech purchase: MacBook Air An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer last_img read more

Navy insists asylum boats cannot breach border

Earlier on Thursday Australian authorities claimed that a boat with some 200 asylum seekers on board capsized near Christmas Island closer to Indonesia and that the boat had originated from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan navy on Friday insisted that security along the maritime boundary of the island nation remains tight and there is no possibility of any asylum boat heading to Australia directly from Sri Lanka undetected.Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya told Xinhua that despite the end of a 30-year war with the Tamil Tiger rebels three years ago and the relaxing of several restrictions on fishing in some areas, the navy still remains on guard. Australian Home Minister Jason Clare on Friday told reporters that according to information he had received, those on board the vessel were mostly Afghan nationals.Sri Lanka and Australia have an agreement on combating human smuggling after hundreds of Sri Lankans had reached Australia by boat over the past several years seeking asylum.The Sri Lankan police last month arrested 113 people while they were attempting to go to Australia by boat illegally, and earlier this month the Sri Lankan navy arrested 53 illegal asylum seekers who were also heading to Australia. (Xinhua) The Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry on Friday said that based on preliminary reports there were no Sri Lankans on board the ship which capsized the previous day.The Sri Lankan embassy in Indonesia also said that there were no Sri Lankans among the 110 survivors who were rescued from the vessel. “There is no chance of that happening. We maintain tight security along our maritime boundary so no boat can slip through,” Warnakulasuriya said. read more