These T-shirts take their design from traditional samurai underwear.
Recently, Japanese companies have been re-styling traditional outfits for today’s modern wardrobe, with haori coats and hakama chino pants gracefully combining centuries-old fashion with a bit of contemporary flair. Now it’s time to slip even more casual samurai chic into your everyday wear, with a new range of T-shirts created by Kyoto-based kimono design company Kimono Factory nono.
The shirts are styled on the long, cross-over style undergarment worn beneath kimono, known as shitagi (underwear). When dressing for battle, samurai would wear the shitagi over their fundoshi loincloth like a short kimono, crossing the garment over at the front and tying it with a waist cord. A button at the neck would keep the shitagi neatly in place underneath the heavy armour.
▼ In the 20-step process of dressing for battle, the undershirt was the second garment to be worn.
Now the shitagi is coming out from beneath the armour and into the world as the “Men’s Undershirt Lapel T-shirt”, featuring an eye-catching cross-over design that will guard the back of your neck against chills with its high-collared style.
▼ While it’s designed to be worn as a regular T-shirt, it can also be used in a more traditional manner, underneath a kimono as shown.
▼ Made in Japan from 100-percent cotton, the two-hole button design lets you adjust the neckline so you can stay comfortable during hot and cool days.
The T-shirts retail for 6,480 yen (US$54) each and come in four different colours: grey, wine, navy, and black. The range is currently available to purchase in-store or online from the company’s official website.
Kimono Factory nono
Address: Kyoto-fu, Kyoto-shi, Shimogyo-ku, Ayakoji-dori, Muromachi Nishi-iru, Zenchojicho 143, Masugi Building 1F
京都府京都市下京区綾小路通室町西入ル善長寺町143 マスギビル １Ｆ
Open 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday