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Uniqlo's Summer 2016 Yukatas masaru suzuki

Uniqlo's Summer 2016 Yukatas

Summer whites, denim shorts and… yukatas--something unexpected for this season. The traditional clothing makes its way to our shores through everybody’s favourite Japanese fast fashion retailer, Uniqlo. This is apparently the second year that Uniqlo has allowed residents from other countries to have access to yukatas.

Not to be confused with the formal kimonos, a yukata is meant for outdoor events, such as firework displays. They are differentiated by a non-lined, cotton fabric--breathable during warmer temperatures--and can be worn without an innerwear or socks. For a more detailed explanation, trust the folks over at Quora.

This year, print fabric designer, Masaru Suzuki was invited to create the prints for the 2016 collection. Suzuki-san has been designing since he graduated Tama Art University and is the head of Ottaipnu. His portfolio also includes working with Marimekko and Camper. The piece that most resonates with his oeuvre, is the yukata in dark grey.

Scroll down to buy the women’s yukatas online now, or wait till it arrives in stores on 12 May (tomorrow). Retail stores carrying the yukatas are: Bugis+, Suntec City, Liang Court, VivoCity, 313@somerset and ION Orchard. The girls’ yukatas will be released online on 14th May.

Featured photo via Tokyo Fashion