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Sustainable Fashion

Posted on February 14, 2018

I was contacted recently by a fashion student who was interested in my designs for her project based on the importance of recycling materials in the fashion industry. Until my communication with her, I hadn’t focussed on promoting this aspect of my business, so I’m greatful to her for highlighting it to me.

I use vintage Japanese kimono obi silks in my designs that date from 1920’s upwards. Most are sourced from Kyoto, and have either been worn by geishas or in formal Japanese ceremonies. Their history and elaborate symbolic designs are endlessly fascinating to me, and my heart jumps when I open a new delivery of obis. My design eye ignites at the prospect of turning them into my accessory designs, to give them a new lease of life, a completely different direction and immersed in a new culture, while giving respect to their original heritage. 

I design products that make women feel special when they wear them. My handbags not only are made from recycling the most exquisite metallic woven brocades, but they carry with them their history and culture. If only the silks could speak, we would be enlightened with stories of traditional Japanese ceremony’s of past. My products are not fast fashion, they are little works of art carefully curated to bring a little luxury into your life.  

I’m often asked if my silks are sustainable, is the supply indefinite? I’ve been buying vintage Japanese obis for ten years now and for each decade that passes, so another decade is defined as ‘from a past era’. So I hope to continue reconstituting these incredible belts of beauty into many more Abi-K products for you all to enjoy wearing and telling their story.

Be unique :)


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Best of Britannia Oct 2017

Posted on October 27, 2017

Sharing a few images of our exhibition stand this October at Best of Britannia 2017, London.
The standard of exhibitors was phenomenal, I felt really proud to be exhibiting with other British designers of such a high standard. The Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London was pretty special too.

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Abi-K at Best of Britannia, Brick Lane, London 12th/13th October!

Posted on October 04, 2017

Thrilled to be exhibiting at Best of Britannia this year at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th October 2017. Celebrating the very best of British design and British manufacture. I'm at stand 35.
I'll be showcasing my unique kimono range, and launching my new jewellery collection 'Kikko' at the show... just in time for Christmas. Contact me for your free exhibition pass! abigail@abi-k.com 
Would love to see you there :) 

 

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abi-K boutique in Steyning now open!

Posted on April 15, 2017
I'm very proud to announce the opening of my little boutique studio! Nestled at the foot of the majestic South Downs is the historic village of Steyning, a truly beautiful place to come for a day out. My tiny shop is in Cobblestone Walk on the High Street, a quaint shopping village of small huts lit with fairy lights, with the Cobblestone Tea House right in the middle. So you can indulge in a delightful cream tea while shopping for my unique accessories. I have a free parking voucher for you too.

Aside from finding me cutting silks and stitching my beautiful products, my full collection is for sale. My products make beautiful unique thoughtful gifts, or a treat for yourself to make you feel special. I take card payments or cash.

If you'd like to visit outside of my opening hours, I'm local so I can pop down and open for you. Just call to arrange! 07711 782678
(See contact page for opening hours)

Abi

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