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.

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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.

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▼ 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.

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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.


Shop Information
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

Source: Japaaan
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