It seems as though, with every passing season, extremely literal accessories become more and more popular among luxury customers. If you’ve got Charlotte Olympia tastes on a contemporary budget (or if you just don’t want to shell out huge bucks for a piece that’s more novelty than wardrobe-staple), you’ll want to check out the Kate Spade Hello Tokyo line, new for Fall 2014, which finds its inspiration exactly where you’d expect.

As always, the lines between aesthetic homage, cultural appropriation and offensive stereotyping are incredibly thin; although the geishas-and-sushi stuff seems more than a little on the nose to me, the totally adorable cat minaudiere, for example, manages to be totally adorable without resorting to the lowest-hanging fruit of Japanese cultural imagery. Check out some pieces from the collection below and let us know what you think in the comments.


Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Bento Box Pouch
$98 via ShopBop

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Bento Box Pouch

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Cat Clutch
$298 via ShopBop

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Cat Clutch

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Zena Clutch
$298 via ShopBop

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Clutch

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Coin Purse
$138 via Nordstrom

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Coin Purse Blue

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Coin Purse
$128 via ShopBop

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Coin Purse Pink

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Bento Box Clutch
$348 via Bloomingdale’s

Kate Spade Hello Toyko Bento Box Clutch

Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Silicone Cat iPhone Case
$35 via Bloomingdale’s

Kate Spade Silicone Cat iPhone Case
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kindled
kindled
8 years ago

I like some of their other super literal pieces that they just released, like the bird cage coin purse (http://www.katespade.com/hello-shanghai-birdcage-coin-purse/PWRU3976,en_US,pd.html?pid=PWRU3976) and a few others (I also kind of like the impractical bird cage bag: http://www.katespade.com/hello-shanghai-pollie/PXRU5192,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_PXRU5192_color=001&cgid=ks-new-arrivals-handbags#start=20&cgid=ks-new-arrivals-handbags ). I also kind of like the Chinese take out box and the fan, which aren’t featured here.

Yazi
Yazi
8 years ago

I like the sushi pouch. That will certainly start a conversation.

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