KUON’s Contemporary Boro

Reusing textiles from articles of clothing between 50 and 150 years old

Debuting at the end of 2015 and now available in Hong Kong and Japan, Japanese fashion house KUON incorporates pieces of vintage textiles into their bohemian wares. While that’s not uncommon (from Japan or elsewhere), their choice of materials stands apart from the rest. KUON upcycles indigo-dyed cotton clothing as old as 150 years. Japanese Boro—which translates to old or tattered textiles with layers of …

Cool Hunting Video: Sri Threads

A hidden collection of rare and beautiful Japanese textiles in Brooklyn, NY

NYC’s five boroughs are full of hidden treasures. From bars concealed by phone booths to unbelievable dim sum, it is nearly impossible to chart all the magic the city creates. We recently spent some time with Stephen Szczepanek, owner of Sri Threads, a boutique collection of rare Japanese textiles hidden inside an apartment building in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. Szczepanek has been collecting these …