So many small details make the Japanese Gathered Blouse a special one, both in style and story. The drop shoulder creates a relaxed capped sleeve, and the gathered darts along the collarbone tailor and add a touch of femininity. It is made from organic cotton is grown in Turkey, near the Aegean Sea, where the climate has nurtured the highest quality cotton since ancient times. The pesticide free cotton is carded, combed, spun and dyed in a GOTS certified mill nearby then brought to Nishiwaki, Japan to be woven in the Banshu-Ori tradition. The fabric is intricately woven together to create a soft fabric renown for its high quality, then bought to New York City’s garment district where the shirts are expertly crafted. The soft cream color is complimented by iridescent mother-of-pearl buttons, creating a versatile, sophisticated summer top.Discover our process
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- 100% organic cotton, grown in Izmir, Turkey
- Carded, spun in Izmir, Turkey
- Woven in Japan
- Mother of Pearl buttons made in Italy
- Sewn in New York City
- Mode is 5'9" and wears a size small
- Machine wash, warm, non-chlorine bleach when needed
- Model is 5'11 and is wearing a size small
Made in the U.S.A.
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COTTON | Izmir, Turkey
Our organic cotton for the Japanese Gathered Blouse comes from Izmir, Turkey, on the coast of the country. Grown near the Aegean Sea, the dry weather and a mild climate has made it an ideal cotton growing area since ancient times. The cotton grown in this area is known for its natural white color as well as the strength of the fiber. Our Izmir cotton is organic, which is doing the right thing for the soil, for the world’s water, and for our climate. Organic cotton, which is only 1% of cotton worldwide, keeps nutrients in the soil, it doesn’t contribute pesticides to our water system, and it has 60% lower greenhouse gas emissions than the other 99% of cotton.
SPINNING & DYEING | Izmir, Turkey
After the cotton is picked it is carded, combed, spun and dyed in a GOTS certified mill, also in Izmir, Turkey. GOTS, standing for Global Organic Textile Standard, is a leading processing standard for fibers which takes into account both environmental and social criteria.
WEAVING | Nishiwaki, Japan
Our cotton fabric is woven in Nishiwaki, Japan, using the centuries-old Banshu-Ori tradition. Originally developed for making kimonos, Banshu-Ori intricately weaves together yarn dyed cotton to create soft, subtly textured fabric with splended color variation. The legend of this world-renown weave is that in 1788 a carpenter from Nishiwaki went to Kyoto and studied the structure of the Nishijin brocade loom. When he returned home to Nishiwaki he fused his knowledge of the traditional loom with new technology and created the revolutionary Banshu-Ori weave. The craft has been passed down through the generations in this same region of Japan.
BUTTONS | Grassobbio, Italy
The custom buttons are crafted from mother-of-pearl. They are made into button by Gritti Group in Grassobbio, Italy, in a facility that has Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. This is an independent testing and certification system that ensures no harmful substances were used in transforming the raw material into, in our case, a beautiful button.
SEWING | New York, New York
The sewers at C&J Sportwear, located in the heart of New York’s Garment District, use their decades of experiences to take our lush fabric and make these detailed and perfect fitting pieces. You can learn more about craftsmen behind C&J here.