Clothes that you want to wear for 100 years, made from one fabric in the world
Creating clothes that will be cherished
and last a lifetime.
Let’s think about the clothes we wear. All clothes begin with natural materials such as flax and cotton. People carefully spin the plant fibres into threads to create cloth. In order to prevent the waste of beautiful materials produced from human wisdom, we have created clothes that will last 100 years.
Minimal cutting, linear design, and origami-like structures make it possible to make the most of materials. Traditional kimono design follows the same principles. Any remnants of cloth are sewn together to create new things.
The long story of the clothes has only just begun. They become part of the owner’s life, and begin to play the role of ‘lifetime clothes’. They are travelling with you and breathing with you.
The clothes become more and more beautiful as time goes on. Even if they start to wear out, the journey can continue with repairing, re-dyeing or remaking. Toi Designs hopes that the clothes will be returned to the soil with gratitude when their role ends.
Clothes are made from the fibre of plants, so should be returnable to the soil.
May the days lined up be stitched together
and become someone’s ‘Toi’ (which means ‘forever’ in Japanese).
The logo pattern of Toi Designs is woven in the cloth. The logo looks like a thread and bobbin, and expresses the founder’s wish: May the days lined up be stitched together and become someone’s ‘Toi’ (which means ‘forever’ in Japanese).
May the days lined up be stitched together and become someone’s toi
(which means ‘forever’ in japanese).
From selling original brand clothing, to making custom-made clothes, to making wedding dresses and costumes, we can respond to various requests related to clothing.
Toi Designs hopes that you feel a familiarity with where the clothes are from, that you can feel with each breath. We are engaged in various projects, aiming to create clothes that will be cherished and last a lifetime. Toi Designs sells original clothes with special attention to Japanese materials and colors, as well as a curated selection of lifestyle goods. We accept orders for custom-made clothes, natural dyeing, and clothing repairs, and we run natural dyeing workshops.
Our main projects
Developing Toi Designs’ original brand
Making original wedding dresses and performance costumes
Making various custom-made clothes
Remaking, mending, dyeing to another color and re-dyeing
We are collecting Toi Designs’ original clothes if you don’t wear
We are able to repair and mend clothes as many times as you need, regardless of how long it has been since they were purchased.
In order for clothes to last 100 years, it is important to cherish them and look after them properly. One important thing is that the owners want to wear them for a long time. The creators of the clothing will be responsible for the mending, repairing and dyeing. Mending is 繕 (tsukuroi) in Japanese. The character is made of 糸, which means ‘thread’, and 善 which means ‘good’. So ‘tsukuroi’ means to do good things using thread. Toi Designs calls repaired/mended clothes ‘tsukuroi’ clothes. We think that clothes should be made to last. We need to conserve the natural environment in which clothes can be produced and repaire.
1. Color maintenance
Clothes that are undyed can be dyed with natural dyes after purchase. It is also possible to re-dye clothes that have faded. The colors you can choose from are indigo, kakishibu (persimmon), bengara-red or bengara-yellow. Dyeing takes about two months.
2. Length adjustment
We can adjust the sleeve length and hem length of most clothes. There is no charge for shortening. For lengthening, there is no charge for up to 10cm. For over 10 cm, the price will be determined by the structure of the clothes.
3. Mending small holes
If the clothes are damaged by moths or friction, they can be mended with decoration. We will attach cloth to the damaged area with appliqué techniques, or darn the area with yarn.
Please let us know if you have ideas for remaking a piece of clothing. Some examples are adding pockets, remaking an adult’s clothes to children’s size, remaking clothes into a handbag, or even small towels. Clothes can stay with you throughout life, if they change their form. Toi Designs remakes clothes as ‘tsukuroi-clothes’, according to each customer’s wishes. You might feel like “It would be great if I could have …” or “mottainai”, which is a Japanese word meaning a feeling of regret at wasting something valuable.
All repairs are free or paid. For more information, please contact us from the contact form.
We are able to collect clothes that you no longer need.
The more you wear Toi Designs’ clothes, the more comfortable they become and the more they fit your life. However, for various reasons, you may not be able to wear them anymore. If we take back and mend these clothes, they can be reborn and then sold in the store again to start a new life with another owner. I think it’s a shame (“mottainai” in Japanese) to have clothes hanging unworn in the closet, and I also think that having too many things is one of the reasons why our homes and minds become cluttered. When it’s time to get new things, it’s time to take stock of your wardrobe and life. Let go of things you no longer need and think about what’s best for your current life. For more information, please see below.
Garment Collection Information (conditions apply)
– Only clothes from Toi Designs can be accepted.
– Please be sure to deliver your garments to the Toi Designs store. We cannot collect them at events like outside markets or exhibitions.
– Shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer
– Please deliver the clothes you want to be collected to the Toi Designs store.
– When you bring the clothes, you will receive 5 points on your loyalty stamp card.
– Omi linen clothes or Toi Designs original Bishu cloth will receive a gift certificate worth 1,000 yen.
After the clothes are collected, they will be sold as outlet products or remade products at Toi Designs. It is a journey they take, to be mended and change owners. I think it is a wonderful thing to travel to different places. We are looking forward to your participation in our “USED Collection Project –Let your clothes go on another journey–“.
加藤 友美 Tomi Kato
Tomi Kato was born in Gifu prefecture, Japan. Through environmental volunteer activities, she became interested in the environment and waste issues, and started to think about the way fashion should be. Realizing the potential of hemp as a resource to replace oil, she took over the hemp clothing store “Mame” in Osu, Nagoya, and became independent at the age of 24. At the same time, she also ran the event space “Sainome” until she turned 30 in 2015. In the same year, she started Toi Designs after a fashion show in Helsinki, and in 2017 she opened the Toi Designs store in Nagoya. She is currently preparing to open an atelier space in Inabe, located at the foot of a mountain in the north of Mie Prefecture.
In order to prevent waste,
we make clothes in a flow of circulation and regeneration.
1. Square clothing pattern
The clothes are created like origami, so do not involve much curved cutting. This is because our concept is ‘creating clothing with minimal waste’.
2. Toi-Pojagi (Traditional Korean patchwork)
The remnants of cloth are stitched together, become new pieces, and are reborn as unique clothes.
3. Saki-Ori (Japanese traditional way of reuse)
‘Saki’ means to tear, and ‘Ori’ means to weave. Remnants that are too small to use for other things are torn into strips and then woven by hand. This technique lets even the smallest remnant be reborn as goods such as pouches.
4. Dyeing to another color and re-dyeing
All of the dyeing is done by hand. The cloth turns a deep color by the careful process of dyeing piece by piece, again and again. Natural dyeing to another color and re-dyeing gives clothes a beautiful color and makes them strong. This brings joy to the wearer.
Make clothes that you want to wear for 100 years
3-8, Nekogahoratori, Nagoya Shi Chikusa Ku, Aichi Ken, 464-0032, Japan
Business hours / 11:00 to 17:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday regular holiday + Sunday irregular holiday)
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