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Mayor of Kyoto Writes Kim Kardashian About ‘Kimono’ Before She Decided to Change the Name

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A Japanese mayor has joined the now-successful global backlash against Kim Kardashian’s attempt to trademark “Kimono,” her new line of shapewear, albeit in a more diplomatic tone.

In a letter on June 28, Daisaku Kadokawa, mayor of Kyoto, asked Kardashian to reconsider her decision to use the name for her brand, describing it as “a fruit of craftsmanship” that “truly symbolizes the beauty, spirits and values of [the] Japanese.”

Scottish-Japanese Artist Celebrates Her Heritage By Creating Beautiful ‘Kilt-mono’

Eighteen-year-old Scottish/Japanese artist Maya Caulfield likes to explore her unique cultural background through her creations — most recently, she’s won over Reddit for her hand-sewn plaid kimono.

“I was inspired to make this piece after getting into the streetwear community and learning about designers like Rick Owens and Rei Kawakubo, who integrate traditional clothing into avant-garde streetwear,” Caulfield told Nextshark. She also mentioned that she didn’t name the piece, made out of men’s dress shirts and boxer shorts, but that netizens have lovingly termed the garment the “kilt-mono”.

African Artist and Japanese Designer Create Stunning Kimonos By Mixing Cultures

Wafrica’s kimono collections, which heavily feature African designs on the traditional Japanese garment, are fine examples of an artistic fusion of cultures done right.

Cameroonian Serge Mouangue and Japanese kimono designer Kururi have successfully blended both culture’s aesthetics in the new line of kimonos by making use of Africa’s striking motifs and colorful patterns.