Seeing Jeremy McAlpine—the mastermind behind the, let's say Bavarian/Japanese, brand—touch the most delicate vintage kimonos, holding up a Biedermeier blouse with intricate embroidery, a culotte that has been worn by—yes, whom? A question you will ask yourself with every piece you lay your hands on, because the magic about this collection are, beside it's fascinating color the stories coming with it...
HOW THEY DO IT
Sourced and hand-picked all across Europe and Japan, on flea markets, through vintage dealers and fortunate finds on house clearings (did i said house? well, that's a bit understated, let's better speak, and dream, of castles, old farms and other special locations) all pieces are unique, left in their original state and tinted in the deep trademark Black.
To achieve the distinct shade of their garments Blackyoto works with Kyoto based Montsuki. Specialized for more than a century in tincturing traditional garments in the most genuine black—a color that symbolizes ‘strength’, ‘dignity’, ‘darkness’ and ‘austerity’ within Japanese culture as a spiritual color—combining ecological dye compounds and their signature oxide finishing called ‘Shinkuro’.
Bavaria based Brit Jeremy McAlpine, founder and C.E.O. of BLACKYOTO, is an old stager when it comes to fashion, beside others he developed the global launch strategy for Y-3, Adidas’s partnership with Yohji Yamamoto. On his extensive travels he fell in love with Japan. When he experienced garment-dyeing firsthand on a visit to Kyoto Montsuki, the depth of the black they were able to achieve in clothing amazed him.