There are days, I wished the world I live in wasn’t so plugged in 24/7. The constant checking of emails (SMU and work, I blame you!), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, WeChat, KakaoTalk, Weibo and whatnot. But perhaps one of the best boons of constant communication is the new surprises I get in my email inbox – of new brands, designers who’ll be in town (!! more on this soon), new promotions and new collaborations that have just been launched. Japanese label, Toga, by Yasuko Furata, checks the first box, not so much as a new brand, but a newly discovered brand of clean silhouettes meets a mix of textures and easy minimalism.
Toga, by Japanese designer Yasuko Furata, flies slightly under the radar but is stocked by the likes of Club21 and LN-CC. According to Susie Lau, whose blogged about it here, here and here, ‘Toga sits within a similar generation of a brand like Sacai, which is also getting stronger and stronger and… finally making their mark in Paris.’
I’ve never really been big on stripes but I can imagine this entire collection sitting very comfortably in my wardrobe. Yasuko Furata’s successful play with proportions and balance of basics oozes ease and a simplicity that I’m always on the lookout for. However with prices ranging from £150 to £800, it’ll take me awhile to build a decent collection.
That being said, topping my Desirables list are a pair, any pair, of Toga shoes. Be it a playful pair of velvet-striped heels or their quirkier options which I can only describe as contemporary cowboy meets tap-dancer – with the mesh and clear fabric, silver hardware and patent piping.