by Grace Bonney

Speaking of beautiful Japanese fabric, I’ve been dying to write about this incredible new line of scarves from Portland, Oregon, called Kiriko. I met designer Katsu Tanaka (who also owns Portland’s incredible Compound Gallery) at last month’s Portland Bazaar, and all of us working the event were instantly smitten with his line. Along with creative director Dawn Yanagihara, Katsu sources incredible vintage kimono fabric from Japan to make beautiful hand-sewn scarves. Each scarf uses fabric that’s 50-plus years old and — my favorite part — at the end of each scarf there’s a tiny pocket sewn in to hold a fragrance stick. Kiriko’s scarves have a very gentlemanly vibe, and that little detail (along with an antique-style bronze pin that comes with each scarf) goes a long way toward making you feel instantly dressed up and pulled together. I came home from Portland with one and have worn the heck out of it ever since. The fact that each scarf is on the long side (75 inches long) means that I can double (and triple) it in a lot of different styles, which I love. If you’re in the market for a new scarf, or just some beautiful kimono fabric, click here to check out Kiriko’s full line and order. xo, grace

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