Founded two years ago by Jeremy McAlpine, a German-based fashion entrepreneur who has held executive positions in various sectors of the industry, Blackyoto is a line of menswear and womenswear that combines European vintage clothing with traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. McAlpine collects late 19th- and early 20th-century women’s garments. He also has a growing collection of menswear pieces: Japanese and Swiss workwear classics, iconic military capes and classic English dress-shirts and raincoats. He sends these items to Kyoto Montsuki and Banba, expert firms in Kyoto, Japan, that specialize in traditional dyeing of the finest kimono fabrics. The technique, which uses ecologically sound black oxide dyeing methods, results in a uniquely deep black that reduces the fabric’s light reflecting qualities. It also makes garments softer due to the use of plant matter, rather than chemicals. In Blackyoto’s case, it also helps to revive historic pieces that would otherwise have been lost on vintage store shelves.

 

 

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