Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Green and Modern Japanese Accessories and Apparel

Another NYC Japan Fair vendor will be, an new online store featuring eco-friendly and modern Japanese home accessories, apparel, and jewelry. Rikumo's products, chosen for their contemporary design with a Japanese flavor, include super cute tabi socks - socks with a separation between the big toe and the rest to be worn with thonged sandals - by Katsuji Wakisaka, who made a name for himself in the '70s and '80s as a designer with Marimekko. Tabi aren't worn much anymore by the Japanese these days, but they are making a comeback with Sou Sou's fresh look at this traditional clothing item. Offering patterns subued and graphically bold, these tabi socks will broaden their appeal with both men and women of all ages. Rikumo also offers kid-sized tabis and is one of the few places in the U.S. where you'll find Sou Sou tabi socks.

For more splashes of traditional Japan in your modern style, Rikumo also carries handbags and cosmetic bags by seisuke88, whose fabics are inspired by revolutionary obi designs that surfaced during the Meiji Era. These bold designs and mysterious patterns, discovered bySeisuke Takahashi, a third-generation owner of a textile plant, are revived with a modern touch. The strong colors, delicate details, and tasteful patterns of seisuke88's bags make a great statement to any wardrobe.

Rikumo sells handcrafted jewelry as well. Check out for more of these well-edited finds! Also, they're now offering free shipping on orders over $99 for their grand opening.