Free Japanese lesson!

Are you visiting Japan any time soon?

Do you need to speak with Japanese people for the business?

You've lived in Japan, and would like to continue practicing your Japanese?

You know... I am from Yokohama, Japan, and I speak Japanese, right ?!

I could be your speaking partner.

I am running a small business in Sydney CBD, that I could be with my clients or might be doing something.

Because of this, I will NOT charge you!

It is a FREE lesson!

Obviously, if I am with my client, I might not be able to give you a full attention. But even when I am doing something, I could still talk to you in Japanese as I am doing something.

It is a casual setting speaking practice, so if you would like detailed lessons, then you might want to get yourself a real tutor.

However, I am in my office from 9:30am until 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, Saturdays from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

You could stop by on your lunch break for a quick 15min lesson, or you could stay all day if you want.

Since this is NOT a proper class, and I am NOT charging you, I don’t have any materials, or I am NOT going to give you any translating service, or NOT doing your homework.

Purely, I will help you to practice your Japanese by being your speaking partner.

Or, if you would like to learn about Men’s clothing, I am here for that too! Basic knowledge about style, fabrics, construction, patterns, sewing, etc.…

Age, gender, wouldn’t matter! No appointment needed!

If you are interested, just pop in!

If you would like to learn something, you will need to put yourself in the environment, otherwise you will never going to learn anything…

If you could afford to be in Japan for months, you might learn fast though.

Why am I doing this?

I just want to help, with something I know about… that's all

 

New Fabric book "Amadeus 365" by Dormeuil

I have received new fabric book "Amedeus 365" from Dormeuil this morning!

This is a whole new collection of "Amadeus 365", is the new, lighter version of Dormeuil's famous Amadeus cloth; a timeless suiting fabric ideal for all season. The secret of this must-have from Dormeuil lies in its innovative compact yarn which has been developed and manufactured for the extremely precise weaving process which characterises the cloth. and is a cloth that is essential for every man's wardrobe. Amadeus 365: a suit created to wear 365 days a year!

  • A secret finish
  • Compact yarn used to give a smooth handle
  • Easy to tailor
  • Lighter weight for all year round use
  • Weight 260g / 8.5oz
  • Made in Yorkshire England


$2300 + GST a suit

New Program! Made-To-Order

Thank you for your patience, those of you who live outside of Sydney!

I am getting inquiries from various places, asking me where they could buy our products. My intention was to deliver proper service and fit, for this, I was only focusing on the "Made-To-Measure" service, and I needed to have people visiting my shop.

However, I have noticed that either people are too busy or don't live in the area where it's accessable to the Sydney CBD in the business hours.

I am proud to announce that I am offering the "Made-To-Order" service.

If you have an average fit body, but are having a hard time finding good quality garments, I might be able to help you!

What is "Made-To-Order"?!

It is basically the off-the-rack sizes, but you get to choose the fabric, lining, buttons, and style, and we will make a garment from scratch with the same construction as our made-to-measure service. Plus, we could modify the length of the jacket or the sleeves, and hem the bottom of the pants. It's just that I won't be able to properly fit you since I am not there with you in person.

However, if you have been buying suits, shirts, shoes online, the idea is the same.

Any questions, please contact me!

Happy Holidays!

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you this year. It has been an honor and a valuable experience for me. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year filled with all good things. 

We are open until December 16th, 3:00pm.

We will be closed from December 17th, 2016 to January 15th, 2017.

We will be open from January 16th, 2017 at 11:00am!

Thank you so much!

Kaz
KAZUNA

New item!

I know, I know…

This may not be the right time for us living in the southern hemisphere, as our summer is just around the corner.

However, this may complete what KAZUNA is all about, in terms of Made-To-Measure clothing.

And I am not sure who else would offer you what I offer in Australia, or even in the world.
You may see each item individually, but probably not all together in Made-To-Measure level.

I’ve got suits and shirts that are top tailoring quality, plenty of fabrics to choose from.
I’ve got shoes to go with the suits and, boots for smart casual.
I’ve got denim and shirt jackets, and knits, for those of you in a casual environment.

Then I got small leather goods made by one of the best leather artisan in Japan with amazing craftsmanship.

Now, this…

I am proud to introduce my new item, Leather jackets!

Nothing fancy, but basic and classic designs.

Further details click here!

New Denim Fabrics!

We received new denim fabrics, some are great for spring and summer!

60/2 X 30 West Point Stretch 

2 ply 60 threads, it's very rare to see in denim. It creates sheen, The US army uses the same type of chino for their uniform, the name West Point was taken from the name of the town they based in.

Knit Like Denim Indigo

Used stretch threads, to give a feel of knit despite the fact that is woven. Dyed vertical threads in indigo, it will fade and age nicely as you wash.


Knit Like Denim Grey

Used stretch threads, to give a feel of knit despite the fact that is woven. Dyed vertical threads in grey, it will fade and age nicely as you wash.

14.5oz Linen / Cotton Selvage Denim

Vertical threads are cotton, horizontal threads are linen with selvage. 

8oz Ice Cotton Denim

Vertical threads are 16 Ice cotton. Ice cotton is very high twisted yarn, almost no fuzz that gives almost no air space in threads. Because of this process, gives the surface of the fabric cool feel.

13oz Top Grey Stretch Denim

Vertical threads are cotton, but it's similar to wool flannel like. Horizontal threads are stretch black.

Compact Twill Stretch

Both vertical and horizontal threads are high twisted and no fuzz that gives the surface of the fabric very clean and smooth. Also, blended stretch fiber in vertical threads that creates softness.

12oz Kakishibu (Persimmon juice) Selvage Denim 

Used 100% organic cotton from Tanzania with selvage. Dyed vertical threads with natural persimmon juice 47.4% and threne dye 52%

12oz White Pique Stretch 

First introduced in 1970’s, it was made with 100% cotton originally, but this is a stretch version of the comfort.

Women's MTM Shirt Dress!

Right in time for Spring and Summer!

We are introducing the new Women’s item “ MTM Shirt One-Piece Dress
We’d been asked for this for a long time, and finally we ARE ready!!

Basically, it is same as a women’s MTM shirt for the top part, and attached flare skirt. 
So, some of you may know that there are 15 collar styles (including 2 new collar styles), and 8 cuff styles to choose from.

You get to choose long sleeves, short sleeves, or mid sleeves.

Skirt length can be adjusted from the default length, shorter or longer. (-10cm 〜+25cm by 5cm)

You get to have a matching sash belt without any extra $, if you would like.
You get to choose the fabrics from Men’s and Women’s.

You get to have separate fabrics for the top and the bottom with extra $110 (Included GST).

So, the price is…
If the shirt price is $220 (Included GST) then, + the dress option $176 (Included GST) = $396 (Included GST) for the beautiful spring dress!

Then, if you would like to have the separate fabrics for the top and the bottom, add extra $110 (Included GST) = $506 (Included GST)

The prices start from $346.5 (Included GST)

Uniqlo Denim is not bad at all

Japanese denim has been popular around the world, because of the high quality, the craftsmanship.

There are basically the 4 main steps.

Spinning – Dyeing – Weaving – Finishing.

These steps can be done by separate companies, though there is only one company who does all 4 steps in their facility.

That's Kaihara in Hiroshima, Japan. Kaihara is renowned company, produces 50% of denim shares in Japan. The other company is Kuroki, based in Ibara, Okayama prefecture. Kuroki operates 3 steps out of the 4 main steps, from dyeing to finishing.

Kojima, Okayama prefecture is known by the popular jeans makers. Since Kuroki is in Okayama prefecture, many jeans makers use their fabrics, or using their yarn to weave their original fabrics.
These 2 companies are known by their dyeing technique, “rope-dyeing”. They only dye outside of the yarn, and keep inside of the yarn white. This is the reason why it will age nicely.

Kaihara has been talked about lately because of their collaboration with Uniqlo. Uniqlo introduced their jeans using Kaihara selvage denim at 3,990 JPY. That's unheard of. To produce selvage denim takes a long time, with the quality of Kaihara should bring up the cost. Popular jeans makers in Kojima, Okayama prefecture sell their jeans anywhere from 20,000 JPY to 30,000 JPY, some are over 30,000 JPY.

Then, what's the difference?

Kaihara developed denim just for Uniqlo, for their low priced jeans. This was a huge thing in Japan too, that many people review their jeans. When you compare the Jeans from Uniqlo to the jeans among other known brand jeans makers, “difference is obvious” according to those reviewers.

However, good selvage denim would easily cost you more than 10,000 JPY, that people don’t mind getting the selvage jeans from Uniqlo.
There are many bloggers talking about how the Uniqlo jeans age compares to others, and actually getting pretty good reviews.

But, in terms of silhouette and how they are made, that's the other reasons for this price point.

These known jeans makers, they are passionate about denim and jeans. They study the original fiber, go through a dyeing process so many times to create their own colors, combination of different yarns to weave special denim, study human bodies to create the best design and silhouette. 
Of course, there are differences in products. Like in anything, whether its suit, shirt, shoes, cars, electronics, in anything. There should be reasons for being so inexpensive.

Now, people hyped up about Japanese jeans makers, but they are pretty much the same in my opinion. The difference probably being specs, design and silhouette. Fabrication, details, and sewing technique are pretty much at the same level. Some might produce their own cotton, own indigo mixture, dyeing process, but the end result is pretty much the same. They will all fit differently, you will still have to find the best fit for yourself.
Or, if you are not too fussy about the details, purely want to decent denim jeans at low price, probably Uniqlo jeans would be your best bet.

Those of you would like to customize your jeans, choose the fabric, buttons, rivets, stitch, size, we offer customize made-to-measure jeans using Japanese denim, hand crafted at Denim Works (Betty Smith) in Kojima, Okayama prefecture.

Try-on size samples or a tape measure?

Some of my clients, telling me or asking me that the other made-to-measure shops don’t use try-on garments, they only use a tape measure.

Nothing wrong with it, as long as they can measure you properly.

However, to explain how the garment is going to come out is a different story.

In the Bespoke process, there are a few fittings involve that you can tell your tailor to modify the specs, before the tailor completes the garment.

But, in the made-to-measure process, there is only one fitting that you cannot modify the specs, what’s done is done.
Some people might argue with me on this, but the modification in the process and the alteration on the made garment is a completely different thing.
Modification is still within the balance and the proportion, but the alteration is off balance and not proportioned.
Then why not buy one off-the-rack and get the alteration done?

Everyone has own determination of fitting, it is hard to explain how you feel unless you try it on.

This is the reason why, I have try-on samples in everything I carry, to ensure YOU how it is going to come out.

Some retailers make their shirts at their manufacture, then use a local alteration place to add darts in the back to make it slimmer. 
Are you kidding me?!

Anyway, I am here if you want to talk

Royal Caribbean Cotton (Japanese made fabric brand)

Royal Caribbean Cotton is known to be the BEST Japanese made fabric brand.
The original fibers come from the islands in the Caribbean, hand picked the highest quality cotton. Only fibers that are longer than 38mm is chosen to be used, it’s got sheen and elegance, natural feelings.

The original fibers are burned the surface one by one to get rid of cotton fuzz, because of this extra process, dyed colors stand out nicely and hard to fade.

The shuttle loom is used to weave the fabrics, it takes time, but slowly woven fabrics are much better, tighter weave with more threads being used would make the fabrics stronger and drape better.

Caribbean Cotton Silver 100/2ply X 100/2ply
Caribbean Cotton Gold   120/2ply X 120/2ply

Scarves from Holland and Sherry

Escorial wool 80% / Silk 20% Scarves in 5 colors

Originated in Persian, In the 11th century in India, as a pattern woven in Kashmir, Paisley its design in Europe has been brought in handwoven shawl, etc. in the 18th century.

Although originally was a pattern that mimics the leaves of pine cone and linden, this name was established by the painting has been spread is refined by Scottish Paisley who had been producing a variety of fabrics. The current standard pattern of the Scotland national flower, is also said to those that mimics the leaves of thistle.

Holland & Sherry has created a scarf with a unique softness woven yarn Paisley blend the wool best material Escorial and silk of representing this Scotland.

Black&Charcoal, Black&Burgundy, Red, Blue, White&Blue

5 colors (Silver sold out)

This material Escorial with that type of sheep called miniature sheep that had been virgin from the old to the Atlas Mountains foothills of Africa, delicacy and softness of the wool is wool enough to be comparable to cashmere.

Although Spain boasted the glory in the 16th century has undergone only to exclusively breeding is provided with a special ranch in the country for which use the best wool royal family, the history seems to have been extinct along with the Spain of decline I have buried.

But the beginning of 19 century, purebred offspring that had been donated by the Spanish royal family to the British Empire in Scotland of the ranch in the early is found. The ranchers decided to make the management transfer the pastoralists to make a union with the prominent mill from the meaning of its rarity and purebred protection in Tasmania, Australia.

The current annual production at about slightly 20 ~ 30t, this is a rare wool that is less than 1% of the production of cashmere wool. Holland & Sherry has done the only exclusively buy all this raw wool from 2006, it has now become the finest wool, which boasts the company.

Price $517 ($470+GST)


Cashmere 100% Scarves in 36 colors

100% cashmere scarf and shawl collection. Of course, all the United Kingdom (Scotland) made in its softest and profound feeling using plenty of yarn, you can feel immediately the moment you have it in your hand.

Size regular 30 × 150cm, slightly longer 36 × 183cm, 73 × 183cm women's shawl, and 147 × 183cm for your lap.

36 Solid colors in total, basic colors like black, navy and wine, brighter softer colors like blossom pink, pistachio green and lavender.

You will clearly see the difference in 2nd season on.

Price $550 ($500+GST) for 30 × 150cms, $671 ($610+GST) for 36 × 183cms, $1,199 ($1090+GST) for 73 × 183cms women's shawl and $2,255 ($2,050+GST) for 147 × 183cms

 

 

* Unfortunately, we don't have any samples, approximately 1 〜2 weeks to deliver

Shoe repair and a toe tap

I have had a few inquiries about metal toe tap.

Personally, I never had an issue having my dress shoes wearing out from the toes, never even thought about it until people asking me about how to prevent.

Usually, you would tend to have some rubber reinforcement put onto the sole, whether it’s only on your toe, in the center, or whole front part of your foot (Topy).

However, this still isn’t enough for some people.

About 30 years ago, it was common to have heel tap on, but nowadays it has started to be pretty common to see people having toe tap on as well, all about prevention.

To have a longer life span on the items, whether it's suits, shirts, shoes, you shouldn’t wear the same thing over and over. You should have a few pairs of shoes and rotate them. 

However, even doing so, you would still need to have some reinforcement to prevent from wearing them out so quickly for some people.
Because of their walking habits, you need to walk around in them for a long time, etc.…

Then, the option of having toe tap became popular. 

We still see the toe tap just put on, but nowadays skill and a technic are getting better that repairmen would cut off the toe for the shape of the metal toe tap to mount it in like this, so the sole is evenly leveled.

Japanese shoe manufacturer (Miyagi-Kogyo) we use at KAZUNA, they don’t offer this service, and we let down some people.
We tried to come up with the solution, but it wasn’t easy putting this extra process into the production line.

However, this has been always on my mind, wanted to accommodate people in need of this service.

Finally, I am proud to say that I am able to offer this service.

I found a shoe maker here in Sydney, who can solve this issue at a very high quality level.

I am proud to introduce Nathan Baxter the shoe artisan based in Sydney the founder of Baxter and Black, who can construct the shoes by hand from scratch.
He knows about shoes inside out, not only he can make and repair, he is passionate, this is the key “passion”. 
There are so many repair shops around, but are they with the passion or only for business?

Unfortunately, we can only assist you with the shoes you have purchased from us. 

 

Not only the toe tap put on, but other services are available too. 

Price:

Toe tap - form $45 +GST turn around 2 weeks

Full leather resole - from $150 +GST

Heels - from $58 +GST

Sole Stitching, Rewelting, Polishing available

 

What is causing the pills of your clothes?!

Its getting colder and, I see people wearing sweaters and coats, then I hear people talking about pilling of the fabrics.

First of all, “Pilling” is just a natural reaction of the fiber. One maybe stronger than the other, but YOU can prevent to have it less.

Like I always say, you think these fabrics should last forever without taking care of them.

In anything, there is a life span. More you take care of yourself, you may live longer. Sweater is just an another item, if you take care of it, it may last longer.

“Pills” are balls of tangled fibers that pop up on your clothes when the fabric rubs against itself or another material. Usually, you see them more around the neck, cuffs, armpit, bottom, elbow.

If you see them on your back, on your shoulders, you might be carrying a bag on your back or your shoulders.

You wouldn’t want to wear the same sweaters or the same coats everyday. You need to give it a rest. You won’t be able to see with the human eyes, but more you wear without of care, the fibers get loosen and tangled, create the small balls.

So, what do you need to do?

After you wore it for a whole day, take it off and you need to brush it. That’s all you have to do, gently brush your clothes with clothing brush.

If you would like to wash the item, turn it inside and out, put it into the laundry bag, hand wash it.

So, it is NOT so much about the fabric. It is about YOU, how much you take care of it.

How to get rid of them?

If the item was expensive and you care for it, then you may want to take your time getting rid of them by cutting one by one. If you don’t really care for it, you might want to use a kitchen sponge, and scrape them off, or some use a razor.

Of course, it all depends on the fiber, and how you take care of it. Like I said, some are stronger than the others. Natural fibers, mix fibers or man-made fibers, they all have characters. Some might say, cheap fabric would tend to have more. Expensive fabric would be pilling as well, if you don’t take care of it right.

The car wouldn't run smoothly if you don't change the oil regularly.

New Item "Hand Crafted Business Bag"!

Finally, the time has come! We had been talking about this for a quite sometime now.

I am proud to share this with you all, "Hand Crafted Business Bag" by our leather artisan Ad Maiora Designare in Yokohama, Japan. He does our wallet collection, this is an addition to the made-to-order leather goods.

The artisan selected the Italian leather "Elbamatt" for the outside, very elegant, yet it's in matte finish that not too flashy.

Double zipper is from the world renowned YKK, high grade "Excella", with smooth closure.

The lining is Japanese pig suede, in various colors. This is the customizing part, that you can pick your favorite color.

As for our zipper wallets, you get to pick a color for the zipper and stitch.

However, for this business bag, the artisan wanted to keep the natural elegance of the look, keep the matching zipper color and stitch color, play around with only the color of the inside fabric.

So you can show your personality with the color of the lining.

Inside compartment, there is one big pocket on the one side, and 3 little pockets with an adjustable pen holder on the other side.

A MacBook Air 11" , IPad can easily fit in the big pocket, it holds a lot more than how it looks from the outside.

 

There are 5 pins on the bottom, that it won't damage the bottom part of the leather when you place it on the ground.

All the edges are finished with "Hand filing finish"


Hand Filing Finish Edge

Finish of edge is basically "hand filing finish".
As you may know, because this method takes a lot of work and time, been adopted only on expensive products and on custom-made leather goods. Even the high-end name brands, do not use this method because the profit does not fit.

This is the process, we will carefully file the edge by using sandpapers with different eyes of roughness.
Then repeat staining several times with appropriate dye.
Then, apply a glue that was dissolved by boiling down the natural seaweed to the edge, then polish with file sticks and cotton fabrics.
Repeating this process, sandpaper filing, staining, glueing, a few times with no compromising. Otherwise, It will not be clean and strong.

Then, using a special tool that's heated appropriately to put a line on the border of the edge and the seam. By doing this process will give the strong edge. Nowadays, many people do this purely for the designing purpose as in the visual detail.

After this process, the edge becomes rough, so polish again and again.
Finally, we will pour the heated beeswax, the edge will be very strong by doing this.
This is the end for most of the people, but we repeat the same waxing process a couple of more times to have a stronger finish and a beautiful appearance.

New Shirt Style for Men

New body style of shirts “Western Style”

It is self explanatory.
A new addition to our made-to-measure shirt program.


The obvious difference is yoke style.
There are additional pocket style and cuff style, some buttons only for this western body style.

However, you don’t need to have pockets or have different pocket style, different cuff style, regular buttons, get to choose collar style just like the other shirt style.
You could even have a this western yoke style with different fabric.

Further details, please visit our store!

Western body style $20
Western pocket x 1 $8, pocket x 2 $20
Western dot / cat buttons $25
Western yoke with different fabric $20

You are probably wearing the wrong size shoes

It is very hard to determine the size in anything, whether its suit, shirt or shoes.
Though, wrong fit suit or shirt wouldn’t hurt you, but wrong fit shoes would.

I have noticed as I fit many people in my shop, people tend to like bigger fit shoes as they might be misunderstanding that it's more comfortable.
However, feet get tired when there is no support and feet move around inside of their shoes. Obviously, too much pressure or sharp pain is not good either. But the upper should snugly fit you without any sharp pain. The leather should eventually stretch out.

You need to know what your feet type, and be properly measured for length and width. You should secure the length first, then determine the width size. 

Most of the retailers don’t have stock capacity to offer many width sizes. So, if you claim that it is too small in the width, they will most likely put you in one size bigger in the length.
Now, you may feel comfortable in the width, though it is not the right size in the length.
However, this is how the majority of people settle in the size.
And, we are not even talking about last shape, or modification.
Size might be okay to deal with, but you have sharp pain only on the outside of your right foot, or instep is little too low for your arch.
Or you don’t like the designs they offer you, the colors they offer you, etc.…

In our made to measure shoe program, we will determine the closest size to your feet with our try-on samples. Make a few modifications if you need to, like making slightly higher instep to accommodate your high arch, or you might need slightly more room around the outside of your right foot. Choose the design and the leather you like. Pick the welt, sole, heel, stitching...

We mainly use “Kip” leather, which is from a 6mon to 1year old cow, gives the leather thickness of 0.8mm to 1.3mm, durable and very good for everyday usage.
“Calf” is from an under the 6mon old baby cow, gives the leather thickness of 0.6mm to 0.9mm, soft and elegant, but usually more expensive than “Kip”.

We also offer “Calf” from Annonay in France with extra$, where it's known to produce some of the best cows in the world.

You still haven’t found the right size shoes, had to settle with the wrong size, You have now the opportunity to try on our made-to-measure shoes.

There is absolutely NO risk to you since you get to try on our size sample before you purchase.
Why not give it try?

New Japanese fabrics for suiting!

World Traveler Classics (Summer suiting)

 

For those of you who travel around the world,

 

"World Traveler"

 

Its trendy colors and patterns with natural stretch & NANO technology water repellent collection.

For warmer climate, light weight silk blend, twill (91% wool/9% silk 215g  23 Colors), and mohair tropical (90% wool/10% mohair 260g 33 colors)

 

 

Grand marquis

Vintage Classics

 

Applied the traditional weaving technic the Huddersfield of England uses. All year around fabrics with 3 harnesses and 4 harness, durability and resilience, silky texture. 3 harness 100% wool 260g 29 colors, 4 harness 100% 290g 18 colors.

Suit price $1,705

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Premium option shirting

Addition to our regular shirting program, we are proud to announce that we can now offer you the premium option. If you normally buy our shirts from $209 and up, there is a luxury line to have the similar option. 

However, this is for those who don't mind the entry price point fabrics ($170.5 and up), but prefer a little bit better comfort, with extra $44, this is what you are getting

I am not sure how many people have tried off-set sleeves shirts, I personally think its worth trying.

  1. All the buttons are sewn with stand
  2. Buttonholes are hand sewn look (machine sewn)
  3. Gusset
  4. Off set sleeves (setting sleeves after)
  5. 3mm finishing single needle stitching with 24 stitches

* Excluding the Basic whites & Blues Japanese fabrics, Polo fabrics, Short sleeves and Mid sleeves model