Ino-kichi –Yuzen dyed retro-modern Japanese designs that brighten up your life
Located next to the Nishiki Market, ino-kichi is an original textile brand by famed Kyoto yuzen fabrics company, Kyobi Senshoku.
The store's logo is a boar, which is known in Japan as a symbol of family well being and prosperity of one's descendants. In line with this symbol, ino-kichi aspires to continue to produce and nurture new products and designs and be a beloved brand.
The greatest aspect of ino-kichi can be seen in its concept of "fun lifestyle goods that are only achieved because of their roots as veteran dyers."
The ino-kichi's designs are characterized by a coupling of traditional Japanese patterns and original designs that allow them to seamlessly meld with any modern outfit.
The charming designs maintain the original beauty of Japanese patterns while creating something entirely new in what can only be described as retro-modern.
The reason ino-kichi is able to produce such incredible designs is that they are owned and operated by long-standing Kyoto dyer Kyobi Senshoku.
The method of printing used at ino-kichi is a tried and true one backed by tradition that is based on the dyeing technique, kata-yuzen – which itself is taken from the traditional yuzen dyeing techniques of Kyoto.
Also, the patterns featured in ino-kichi's designs are based on those stored at Kyobi Senshoku, meaning that many of them are modern reproductions of over 100-year-old traditional Japanese patterns formerly used on kimono and the like.
ino-kichi's ability to produce such vivid and rich colors in their designs as well can be attributed to the generations of experience cultivated at Kyobi Senshoku.
Born from the merging of Kyoto's traditional kyo-yuzen techniques, ancient Japanese patterns and ino-kichi's unique style, everything inthe store offers eye-catching, beautiful designs.
If you're looking for everyday lifestyle goods with traditional Japanese designs, then ino-kichi is the place to go.
The Parent-child Long Purse
/ ￥9,900 (inc. tax)
This elongated clasp framed purse is made with hand-dyed fabric. One of the defining characteristics of this purse is the inner clasp and pockets, which provide three separate sections for not only cash, cards and coins, but smaller phones and makeup too.
A strap can be attached to turn the purse into a mini handbag as well.
This purse can be used in a range of different ways, making it a great buy.
Bent Kisslock Bag
/ ￥6,600 (inc. tax)
Featuring an eye-catchingly beautiful design, the Bent Kisslock Bag is ino-kichi’s bag of choice. These bags come in a range of designs, from bright and poppy to chic and cool. Around ten designs are carried in-store.
In addition to the handle itself being one big kisslock clasp, the opening of the bag also contains a clamp in it, meaning that none of your things will go flying out. With the metal clasp turning the bag into a handbag and the strap making it a pochette, this bag can be used to two separate ways.
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Round Coin Purse/Clamp Coin Purse (small)
/ ￥1,650 / ￥1,320 (inc. tax)
If you’re looking for souvenirs, then check out ino-kichi’s round coin purses and clamp coin purses! Fitting in the palm of your hand, these little pouches can be used for everything from coins and keys to whatever other little things you need to carry around.
The clasp coin purse features a clasped opening that keeps your things safely inside.
Both purses come in a huge range of designs that'll have you going in for a closer look, including traditional Japanese patterns, ino-kichi’s trademark boar and red ball like characters called daruma.
The purses also all feature different designs on the back, which is just one more reason to pick them up!
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The Pyramid Pouch
/ ￥1,980 (inc. tax)
These uniquely shaped pyramid pouches are one of ino-kichi’s most popular items.
With a width of 10 centimeters on each side, the tent-like shape of these pouches makes them great for when you need to carry slightly bulkier or awkwardly shaped things.
Another characteristic of the pouches is the keyring instead of a strap on top. This means you can sling them from your bag or belt loops and carry them around like a wee little pyramid accessory.