Today was a clear and sunny if not a bit chilly Winter day for a drive . We stopped at a park at Gravelly Beach with a view over the river to take some photos.
Recently Tania from Vintage Red Fox phoned me to let me know she had a coat that was right up my street. Tania knows me well it was love at first sight. The coat is from well known Australian designer Akira Isogawa. Akira was born in Kyoto, Japan and came to Australia at the age of 21 to study fashion at the Sydney Institute of Technology. He opened his first boutique in 1993 in Sydney and is a regular at Australian Fashion Week and shows his collections in Paris.
Akira draws heavily on traditional Japanese designs and techniques. He works in natural fibres and his fabrics are often hand painted and printed.
The coat was custom made for a lady ,( who lived in Sydney but is now here in Launceston) , for a trip to Paris . Fortunately we seem to be similar size. My budget would never have run to the original selling price and I am thrilled to bits to now call it mine and at a small fraction of the price.
The coat consists of two layers, a fine wool chocolate brown and the gloriously printed outer layer. Today I wore the coat over a Sarah Paccinni dark olive green skirt , worn to my son’s wedding a few years ago and a chocolate brown Lisa Ho , many years old and sadly favoured by silverfish , hence some mending was needed. I also wore my vintage velvet beret with its double tassels and Preen sunnies.Th
I always love a garment that is as good going as coming and the back of this coat with its birds and flowers makes quite a statement.
The new red Trippen boots I purchased at Icon Shoes in Hobart recently were just perfect, note the padded hearts . Should a woman of my age wear hearts on her boots ?. Maybe not but who cares , not me that’s for sure. I say wear whatever brings you joy.
I will leave you with a couple of frosty photos taken in the garden last weekend.
Linking with Mica for Weekday Wear, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday.
I am going to have to show this to my sis in law! She spent a few years in Japan and I think she will love to see this coat! It is quite beautiful!
Thank you Mirielle . Your sister in law will certainly see the Japanese element in this coat , a nod to the designers roots.
MY MOUTH DROPPED UPON SEEING THE COAT!!!
I ACTUALLY SAID BEFORE READING YOUR WORDS………”OH< I LOVE THAT COAT!"
Thank you so much Elizabeth. I thought this coat would be quite up your street, you can see why I love it too.
Oh those boots!! Is there something as a age for wearing boots? Noooo! That coat is stunning. It has a print that you see on original kimono’s.
Thank you Nancy , you can see why I fell for the boots . The coat is most definately reflects the designers Japanese roots.
That kimono! Wow! What a wonderful friend you have in that boutique owner, she ‘s got your fabulous taste down to a tee!
Loving the Trippen boots and shivering over your frozen pond! xxx
Thanks so much Vix . I do certainly feel very lucky to now call the kimono/coat mine and know I will treasure and wear it . The boutique owner does seem to know me well and keeps special pieces for me .
What a beautiful coat! it’s such a stunning statement piece and looks so good on you! I love the fun boots with it too and I’m amazed at the frozen water, brr! It’s cold here but never gets that cold in Brisbane!
Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!
Hope your week is off to a good start! 🙂 We spent some time at the beach today 🙂
Thank you Mica , always my pleasure to join your link up. I am really delighted with the coat and will wear and treasure it for ever. So true the red boots are so much fun. Not really sure about Brisbane being cold.
Hello Jill! After following you on Instagram, I was pleased to see your blog in Vix’s blog list! Your coat is one of the most amazing pieces I’ve seen in a long time. Absolutely gorgeous! As for those red boots, there really are no words. Those padded hearts are fabulous, and I really see no reason why you shouldn’t wear hearts on your boots! Love the frosty garden photos too. xxx
Hello Ann , thank you so much for dropping by and taking the time to leave a comment. The coat really is quite something and I do feel so very lucky to now call it mine , I know I will treasure it for many years to come. I also am quite thrilled with the new red boots , they are fun to wear too. xx