Sukajan Cat + Japonista Sole Rebrand + Little Inkplay Shop + Other Work Updates

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Just sharing some work-related updates this week! 🙂

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ChiChi created this super cute Sukajan Cat artwork for Japan Lover Me Store. We’ve just uploaded 25 new designs from our inventory, please check them out if you have time!

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Currently rebranding Japonista Sole, the original Ninja Kicks that the team designed years ago.

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Kaila Sensei: Blogging How-To’s, Geeky Tutorials and Kawaii Life Hacks

Hi all!

I am finally launching one of my biggest personal projects of all time: KAILA-SENSEI.COM!! *cue tears*

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www.kaila-sensei.com

This blog site is filled with simple how-to’s, geeky tutorials & kawaii life hacks by yours truly for your self-improvement and development of your kawaii lifestyle.

It contains various topics about blogging, web design and even e-commerce; all from the basics I will gladly teach you to turn your passion into your life-long career with a cute twist!

All successful icons today started from scratch, and so can you! I will do my best to inspire you to achieve your goals, fulfill your dreams, and make a noise in your chosen career by creating your own personal brand.

I aim to motivate you through this blog for this is my own way to reach out to you and to give you my support in making your dreams come true. All you need to have is willingness in your heart to learn and have faith in yourself that you know you can do it.

I believe in you can rock the world even with that giant red bow! : )

Let’s learn simply, plan creatively and work flexibly as we enjoy, excite and stay awesome.


Many thanks to Keeshia for creating this logo & Marielle of Komorebi Diaries for all the help!

With love, 

Kaila


The History of the Coolest Japanese Souvenir Jackets

Japanese Souvenir Jackets or more famously known as the “Sukajan” (Skajang/Skajan) trace their roots during the World War II when the American troops stationed in the Pacific have wanted to have some “memories” or souvenirs of their foreign assignments to bring back home to mainland. It has sort of become a solidarity uniform or remembrance of their posts and service in the war and their comrades with whom they have spent some of the bravest time of their lives. It is said to have originated from Yokusuka in Kanagawa Prefecture where its name is thought to have come from – “Suka” from Yokosuka and “Jan” from the Japanese term Jumper or ジャンパー or jacket in layman’s term. The famous maker of them during that time is the staunch brand, TOYO Enterprises, which still exists until today.

Artwork by Little Miss Paintbrush

Nowadays, Sukajans have again invaded the wardrobe and closets of famous pop-artists ranging from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Pharell Williams, Harry Styles and the like – enjoying a massive cult-following among these personalities’ fans. Although this iconic fashion street wear, have been experiencing a more-or-less 5-to-7-year cycle of hyping up and down annals of Street Fashion, for sure, it is here to stay and remain a staunch form and expression of one’s strong inclination and personal statement towards fashion.

In short, for the avid fan and collector of fashion iconic pieces, more specifically, Japan-orginated ones, having 1 or 2 of these sukajan will definitely pay in the long run as they have become treated like vintage and antique collectibles that is bound for many generations to enjoy. The main reason for this is that, for each lot and design, even until now, makers usually do not make more than 200 pieces of each design including all sizes which explains the rarity and value among them.

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Behind-the-scenes of Japan Lover Me Store’s Sukajan Archives + Kaila Sensei Preview

Hello friends!

For today’s post, I will share some behind-the-scenes during the making of Japan Lover Me Store’s Japanese Fashion Sukajan Archives mini project and a preview of Kaila-Sensei.com.

The online Sukajan showcase is just a simple gallery of our entire Sukajan collection at JLM. We started working on this way back end of July and it took a lot of time and effort to make a store inventory and to photograph each Sukajan. Thankfully, Justin (who is now based in Japan as a student and a Food / Travel photographer) helped me a lot with this! ;_;  いつもありがとうね!

JLM Store has undergone a lot of revisions and redirection. But there is only one goal for this one… and it is to make it a successful store so that we can make and come up with more projects. This is the primary reason why I deactivated my personal facebook again and minimized other projects. If you notice / observe me that I have gone slower when it comes to replying, work is mainly the reason. I also disabled my line message / iPhone app messaging notifications because the temptation to slack off… is way too tempting haha (#StrugglesWhenYouWorkAtHome). I’ll be back to the usual “Kaila mode” but for now, my serious self is taking over! 😀

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www.japanlover.me/japanese-sukajan-archives

~ Japanese Sukajan Selections from JLM Store ~

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I’m ready for you Autumn! I can’t wait to wear Sukajan when I do OOTD posts, haha!

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We usually get comments about how our Sukajans are so expensive or something to that effect. Well, I do agree that these jackets are not that affordable… but a vintage sukajan jacket is ALWAYS worth saving up. If only you can see the stitches and the art itself (this is why we invested so much effort in professional photography so that you can see the details), you would realize that this is “wearable art”! And of course, “Made in Japan” always means QUALITY. 🙂

In the future, we hope to make and produce kawaii-fied sukajans (to be drawn by Little Miss Paintbrush) but for now, here are our current offerings.

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Break time with kawaii kuma pan!

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