2014.12.25 (thu)

Christmas market in Milano

Every year, there is a nice Christmas market surrounding the Duomo, that the people of Milano look forward to. There are ornaments and gifts, as well as a rich variety of regional foods.

Recently it has been quite foggy in Milano, and yesterday the fog descended upon the market, creating views similar to a scenes out of Fellini movies.

Kyoko
Milano, December 25, 2014

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Museo del Novecento

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salami pigs

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sweets from Sicilia

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2014.12.25 (thu)

Christmas shop windows in Milano

Christmas is a special season for shop window displays. This year in Milano, the windows of fashion and furniture shops are simple and quite elegant.

Except for a few exceptions …..

Kyoko
Milano, December 25, 2014

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children’s shop in Via della Spiga

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B & B

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Gervasoni

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Poltrona Frau

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Bastimento – Zucchi

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Max Mara

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Massimo Dutti

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

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Prada

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Borsalino

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2014.11.03 (mon)

Joint project between Borseggi Milano & IoU Sweden

Borseggi Milano and IoU Sweden are collaborating to launch a collection of SHIMA-SHIMA products such as aprons, tote bags and wine bags.

The articles will be sewn in Opera prison in Milano, and there are plans for distribution in Sweden, as well as in Italy. Borseggi always has the most wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts, and we look forward to seeing what they will create this winter with the SHIMA-SHIMA fabrics.

At the moment, the aprons shown are available at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milano.

Kyoko
Milano, November 3, 2014

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2014.09.29 (mon)

Milano Fashion Week: MARNI celebrates 20th year

Last week, during Milano Fashion Week, MARNI celebrated their 20th year anniversary with a beautiful Flower Market at Rotonda della Besana, which was filled with incredible flowers and stylish people.

Kyoko
Milano, September 29, 2014

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2014.09.29 (mon)

SHIMA-SHIMA fashion collection by Costruzioni

Marina and Alida, owners of Costruzioni in Pavia, Italy, have decided to launch a SHIMA-SHIMA fashion collection next March.  Costruzioni is a unique store that is well known for their interior design products, as well women’s clothing.  We met over lunch in early August to discuss the type of apparel that they would like to create.

 The clothing will be sewn in Italy, and will be available from March 2015. Already, we have developed some prototypes, which we will share with you soon.

 Kyoko
Milano,  September 29, 2014

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Costuzioni in Pavia

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2014.07.09 (wed)

SHIMA-SHIMA in design magazines

SHIMA-SHIMA has been featured recently in prestigious design magazines.

Wallpaper selected #44 Night from our LIV collection for their April 2014 issue, with a floor-to-ceiling curtain in an elegant setting created by works designed in Japan.

In June, the Swedish magazine Sköna Hem had an article on interior designer Paolo Badesco and architect Costantino Affuso’s beautiful apartment in Milan. Paolo and Costantino have been a great support to SHIMA-SHIMA for several years, we are happy to see that they have placed our cushions in their home.

Kyoko
Milano, July 08, 2014

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2014.07.01 (tue)

The Art of Japanese Folding & Wrapping

Japan has a very distinctive style of wrapping, using various materials, such as paper, fabric, and even leaves to wrap foods. Origami (the art of paper-folding) is popular all over the world, and has been applied to design, apparel, and architecture. However, origami actually evolved from “origata”, the formal art of gift wrapping.

When I visited the SHIMA-SHIMA shop in Kokura, a staff member demonstrated how to gift-wrap a box the Japanese way, folding the paper diagonally. The art of gift wrapping is called “origata”, which originated around the 15th century and was used by the aristocracy and high-ranking samurai families to wrap gifts to honour the recipient. It was thought that the way the gift is wrapped is as important as the actual gift.

Whilst in Kokura, I visited Kokura Caste Japanese Garden, which was holding a exhibit of “mizuhiki”, which are knotted cords that decorate gifts. In the west ribbons are used to decorate gifts, and in Japan “mizuhiki” are created in specific shapes to commemorate special occasions.

You have no doubt noticed that SHIMA-SHIMA’s products also incorporate the concept of folding. The Stella bag is an example of “origami”, the bottom is actually a triangle of folded fabric. Our “furoshiki”, which are squares of fabric, can be used as scarves, to wrap gifts, or to be used as a portable tote bag.

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Kyoko
Milano, June 29, 2014

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2014.06.28 (sat)

Interior Lifestyle 2014, Tokyo

For the 4th year, SHIMA-SHIMA participated in the Interior Lifestyle show, which was held on June 4~6 at Big Sight, Tokyo. This year 819 companies had participated, 607 Japanese and 212 international companies, attracting 27,827 visitors.

Although the space was not large compared to other trade shows, the quality was quite high, and here were many beautiful and innovative products, interesting works by young designers and international presence. There was great energy due to signs that the Japanese economy is recovering at a quicker pace than anticipated earlier this year. This spring, we launched a line of apparel and accessories, which can be seen on our site. We have also worked with other companies that have used our fabrics to develop their product line. KIYA, a Japanese cutlery manufacturer that was established in 1792, showed a line of aprons and tote bags made of SHIMA-SHIMA fabric.

new fashion collection:
http://shima-shima.jp/blog/information/20140414_lilil4118

KIYA collection:
http://kiya-hamono.co.jp/english/kokuraoei-e.html

Facebook photo stream for Interior Lifestyle:
https://www.facebook.com/interior.lifestyle/photos_stream

Kyoko
Milano, June 28, 2014

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KIYA & Co, Ltd. used our fabric to create a line of aprons and tote bags

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