Buaisou’s handmade indigo garments, cloths and tapestries have an undeniable uniqueness. Slight variations in color (thanks to the dyeing process, washes and fading) only add to their character. This apron, made from 52% cotton and 48% linen, is lightweight but durable. The cross-back button straps reduce strain and a pouch pocket offers reinforced storage.
These vintage Kofu bands are hand-cut from late-1800s, Meiji period Japanese textiles and reinforced with fine leather. They can easily replace the comes-with-the-watch band you’re using with now–be that on an Apple Watch or an automatic timepiece—and do so with worldly elegance. Price is in Hong Kong dollar.
Coasters can be kitsch, dull or oftentimes overly-branded. This set of gradient indigo-dyed ones isn’t any of that. Hand-dyed and then treated with natural leather oil, these sophisticated coasters elevate cocktail hours. And, because they’re dyed by hand, each one is entirely unique—with some of the flaws being exactly what’s most charming about them.
The non-repeating woven pattern that’s been custom-made for The Hill-Side’s “Fingerprint” indigo jacquard slip-ons guarantees no two pairs are the same. Ethically manufactured at a small, 140-year-old mill in Okayama, Japan, the sneakers are sewn and assembled by hand as part of a traditional process. Comfortable and easy to slide on and off, these are as much for wearing to brunch as pairing with a casual suit for events.
With no heating, fermentation or extra ingredients, Yamato Indigo only needs water and you’re on your way to dyeing fabric a lush, vibrant blue. Able to color natural materials (including cotton, linen, silk, leather, wood and washi paper), the starter kit comes with 10g of Yamato Indigo, three cotton bandanas, wood sticks, rubber bands and two pairs of gloves.
In indigo and black indigo, Self Edge’s watch caps feature Japanese rope-dyed indigo yarns; each being a 100% cotton custom woven fabric. These snug, soft items also sport a custom pewter concho pin—a nice differentiating touch on a common staple item. In many ways, retailers Self Edge have become denim and indigo experts and this find from Made in the USA brand 3SIXTEEN demonstrates this, as well.
Inspired by the Japanese yukata (or summer robe) Hotel Saint Cecilia’s indigo kimono makes for luxuriant loungewear. Each has been custom made from 100% cotton indigo-dyed batik fabric. These are unisex, one-size-fits-all articles, with a sash belt to tie it up.
Dyed and printed in Japan on 100% combed, ring-spun cotton yarn, this T-shirt has a few messages up its sleeves. Of course, there’s the graphic on the front encouraging peace. But further details, from the vintage-inspired small cut-out gussets at each side to the half moon panel on the back for position, define this as more than a novelty T-shirt. It offers a classic fit, and the fabric feels quite substantial without excess weight—due to choice of a heavier yarn but looser knit.
Sky Like Snow’s unisex Indigo Fade beanie is made with uber-soft New England yarn and is hand-dyed using organically processed Japanese indigo grown at their Vermont studio. The double-sided design is guaranteed to keep you warm all winter long, just wash by hand between wears.
From 100% Japanese cotton, The Hill-Side’s long-sleeve indigo ombre plaid flannel shirt is all about the details. From the button-down collar to the gusset at each side seam and an interior twill tape locker loop, everything has been taken into consideration for a shirt that can be dressed up or worn quite casually. Further, there’s a traditional single-needle construction utilized, manufactured in NYC’s Garment District.
There’s nothing like one-of-a-kind gifts, especially when they’ve been crafted from a vintage material. That’s exactly the case with this 12″ x 12″ throw pillow, composed of 100% cotton boro patched Japanese denim. Within, one finds 95% small white feathers and 5% down insert—a combination guaranteeing plushness. While Curious Corner has many indigo pillows, there’s only one of this particular version—so it’s best to grab while you can.
Milled in the historic Guimarães region of Portugal, the 100% linen (front) and 100% Percale (reverse) fabric of this contemporary quilt yields both a gentle texture on one side and sheer softness on the other. References are made to the traditional box pattern blanket, but the garment-dyed linen hasn’t been artificially treated—which is a common practice aimed at further softening. Instead, the Percale lends the extra comfort. At a medium weight, due in part to the poly batting fill, this is also an ideal item for layering.
Made in Japan, from Japanese cotton kimono fabric at a 100-year-old factory, these pants are a modern take—with Hamptons flourishes—on the traditional worker pant known as Monpe. Indigo stripes complement the navy cotton, offering visual texture but an understated, solid navy is available, too. This is premium loungewear, designed to be worn at home, on the beach or even out at night.
An appropriate fit defines good T-shirts. With inspiration from military issue undershirts, Apolis’ indigo pocket T-shirt falls upon the body beautifully, without being too snug. From 100% pre-washed cotton, naturally indigo-dyed, that’s been grown and sewn in Peru, the construction’s top notch here, as well.
As far as base items go, there’s nothing quite like the henley—and when it’s crafted from high-quality cotton waffle fabric, in the US, this everyday article gets a design boost. Complete with antique silver finished metal buttons, American Giant’s indigo waffle henley can handle all manners of use—for active outdoor days and cozy ones spent inside. On top of that, all American Giant items come with a lifetime warranty.
Hewn from 100% cotton, this soft indigo crewneck was made with comfort in mind. Its slightly blasted aesthetic stems from a garment-dying process process, where the whole product receives dye after it’s been assembled. Sporting both a kangaroo pocket and zippered chest pocket, as well as a ribbed crewneck and cuffs, it’s a decidedly functional and contemporary take on a classic.
Made in a very limited edition of just 10, 3×1’s indigo camo bomber jacket is a sophisticated take on the oftentimes casual print. Made from printed satin and with stretch knit banding on the collar, cuffs and waistband, the bomber remains faithful to the classic design while adding an undeniably modern and classy edge. Proudly made in the United States with material from Collect in Japan, it’s exclusively available at 3×1.
Made from 100% cotton, yarn-dyed indigo sashiko, these slip-ons from the TOMS + The Hill-Side collaboration feature quintessential elements of each brand. Thanks to The Hill-Side’s ties to Tokyo, the fabric comes from Japan, while the design of the shoe is classic TOMS. With blue chambray lining and a rubber outsole, the shoes are comfortable enough for everyday wear, while the rich indigo colorway elevates them to a more sophisticated level.
Underwear matters, and from a stylistic and technical standpoint there’s nothing quite like NYC-based Druthers’ Indigo Floral Boxers. Designed, tailored and assembled by hand in NYC, the print carries enough personality without venturing into a gimmick territory. The underwear has been produced from 100% Japanese cotton and has no back seams. Altogether, they’re fun but respectable and worth showing off—if you so choose.
Snow Peak’s Indigo Stole button-down shirt is cut from an indigo-dyed, cotton-linen blend fabric and features patterning that’s bold—but not too busy. Made in Okayama, Japan—a region famous for its denim production—the unisex shirt incorporates Snow Peak’s signature side pockets and casual fit, making it the perfect layer for exploring the outdoors in style.
Tokyo-based brand Anonymous Ism is famous for their unending quest to craft the perfect pair of socks. Their indigo cable-knit socks mix classic patterns with super-saturated indigo for an understated take on a timeless design. Cut from a cotton/polyester blend and made in Japan, these socks come in one size that fits most.
Choosing from their already carefully selected denims, 3×1 utilizes their absolute favorites for the Tote 1 bag. Made in the USA, the patchwork bag remains sleek and current, rather than slipping into the too crafty realm and—since it’s denim—goes with just about everything.
The Hill-Side’s Lightweight Indigo Sashiko wallet is simple, but nuanced. Made with a Japan-sourced 100% cotton outer and supple Italian cowhide leather interior, it’s a high-quality billfold that’s sure to last. The lightweight indigo sashiko fabric is sophisticated and lush, so even when you’re spending your hard-earned money, you can enjoy it.
Named for its love of all things indigo, Blue Blue Japan excels at designing simple, quality garments that have been enriched by the deep, dark hue. Their Twill Stand Collar shirt features mother of pearl buttons, a band collar and is a slim fit made from lightweight 100% cotton twill that’s been dyed to a super-inky shade.