COAT / STOLE
THE MICHAIL LTD. MICHAIL GKINIS AOYAMA WINS THE [MERIT AWARD] AT DFA DESIGN FOR ASIA AWARDS 2021
Thinking about DIVERSITY in society we create a new type of coat that transforms in many different shapes. It can be a solution about clothes. Made by Greek designer & Japanese producer living in Tokyo with the passion to spread the beauty of Japanese fabrics to the world.
- With 5 fasteners, one outfit can be changed in many ways. Unisex, ageless, foldable A4 lightweight compact
- Infinite variations with removable front panel. An evolved version of the classic coat stole
- Uses world-class Japanese materials [Wakayama Prefecture next-generation knit / Okayama Prefecture ultra-thin denim / Tokyo pig leather]
MICHAIL GKINIS AOYAMA is a hybrid design unit. Michail is an (artist / designer). He was born in
Greece educated in fashion in London and he is fascinated by Japanese textiles.
Yuko Gkinis Aoyama is the (producer). She was born in Tokyo and she communicates their message to the world.
We use a rare fabric of Japan that is only one in the world.
One coat that changes in many styles to fit various scenes of daily life.
It can be stored and folded in A4 size with a changeable front panel.
Diversity = Solution clothes [WEARABLE ART / coat stole] (registered design in Japan)
Hybrid = Japanese culture x European culture
(1) Shape change: TRANSFORM
can be transformed into various shapes to fit any occasion.
(2) Material: MADE IN JAPAN
Uses world-class precious Japanese materials
Both cotton and wool versions are
used for next-generation high-tech knits / body parts in Wakayama Prefecture.
A rare knit fabric born from Wakayama using world-class Japanese technology. It is a high-quality Japanese textile that has the goodness of both woven and knitted fabrics, woven into about 2000 warp threads in micro units. (* Knit fabric usually does not contain warp threads.)
There is growth , wear well, lightly, shapeless hard to be washing.
Cut-off design is possible even though it is a natural material.
Wool version : 93% wool 7% nylon
Care method: Dry cleaning
High-density wool that compresses the fabric for about 1 m and has excellent comfort because it is warm and stretchable
Cotton version : 86% cotton 14% nylon
Care method: Hand washable
Dry Outstanding comfort with a silky feel made of cotton with a stretchy touch
Okayama Prefecture Ultra-thin denim / used for front panel
Okayama Prefecture’s denim, which is well-known overseas, is especially thin, light, and
denim woven with yarn-dyed yarn that does not easily fade.
Tokyo pig leather / front panel
Tokyo production of pig leather is said to be high-quality quality of world level
of net domestic raw hides and skins to use, tanning final processing from the processing make up the entire process up to in Sumida-ku.
Abundant processing by craftsmen’s high technology creates unique materials that are not found outside. Fascinated by this
soft, thin and light pig leather, designer Michail Gkinis loves Tokyo pigskin and has been using it for over 10 years.
Watch Michail’s work with Pigskin in Tokyo from this video ▼
(3) Function: Five fasteners make it possible to change the shape
In addition, the removable front panel
has lots of design options. We use YKK fasteners that are made in Japan.
How to wear video COAT/STOLE (Cotton)
How to wear video COAT/STOLE (Wool)
(1) Ultra-thin denim [Okayama Prefecture]
Denim fabric from Okayama Prefecture with yarn-dyed yarn that does not fade even when washed lightly and softly
(2) Next-generation knit cotton [Wakayama Prefecture] (Hand-printed hand print [ Yamagata Prefecture])
Delicate gradation color that cannot be produced by hand-dyed machines by female craftsmen
(3) Next-generation knit wool [Wakayama Prefecture]
High-tech knit that can be cut off from the same material as the body part.
(4) Pig leather (black / cut / wrinkle) [Tokyo]
Pig leather is manually wrinkled and cut.
(5) Pig leather (white / paint / wrinkle processing) [Tokyo]
Pig leather is hand-wrinkled and hand-painted one by one by Michail Gkinis.
(6) Next-generation knit wool [Wakayama Prefecture] (Silver foil print [Osaka Prefecture])
Random silver foil print made by hand is applied to high-tech knit wool that can be cut off from the same material as the body part.
When folded, it becomes A4 size. Lightweight & compact
Fashionable and timeless design.
One coat changes to many styles.
Good quality Japanese fabric that can be worn for more than 10 years.
One-of-a-kind patchwork design that only uses Japanese materials.
Michail loves Japanese materials, all the fabrics will be used carefully without loss until the end.
(5) Mission: To continue the innovative Japanese fabric industry
Our mission is to continue the innovative cultural heritage of the Japanese textile industry. To spread the splendor of the Japanese fabrics to the world.
We are working every day to let
people know the wonderfulness of Japanese fabrics and to provide the wearer with a comfortable and uplifting experience.