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Makishi ApparelBy Makishi Apparel
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Makishi ApparelBy Makishi Apparel
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It's more than a dress. It's a CULTURE of unstoppable superwomen. 日本語は、下にスクロールしてご覧下さい。

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Our custom print pattern inspired by Okinawan design
Our custom print pattern inspired by Okinawan design

Below is an Okinawan 帯 obi or kimono belt design called ミンサー “minsaa”. Traditionally in Okinawa, when a woman accepted a marriage proposal, she would hand-sew this obi for her fianceé. The five (5) and four (4) squares are a play on Japanese words meaning, “(I’ll love you) wherever in the world, forever”. With this Little Bamboo Dress, let's create an ARMY of SUPERWOMEN supporting each other to pursue true happiness wherever in the world, forever. 

Okinawan kimono belt design called ミンサー or "minsaa"
Okinawan kimono belt design called ミンサー or "minsaa"
Sketches to strike a balance between traditional design and modern luxury
Sketches to strike a balance between traditional design and modern luxury

The inner sleeve opening of a kimono is called 袖口 or sodeguchi. In Japanese dance and theatre, the sodeguchi is used to manoeuvre the kimono to express different sentiments. Inspired by this traditional concept, I lined the sodeguchi of Little Bamboo Dress so superwomen can also express different sentiments and roles in her life. It's designed to be styled straight or slightly folded back, depending on her mood.   

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Designing Little Bamboo Dress in Valencia, Spain
Designing Little Bamboo Dress in Valencia, Spain

Hi! I’m just one person with a dream - to help women feel UNSTOPPABLE as they pursue true happiness. My vision is to help create a happier world. I believe that starts one person at a time pursuing their (own) true happiness.  

I believe in quality over quantity which is why I’m starting Makishi Apparel with one design - Little Bamboo Dress. I also believe that clothes can serve as a vehicle to help people feel more comfortable in their own skin which begets confidence and ultimately leads to happiness

MAKISHI in Japanese 真喜志 means, “Pursue True Happiness”. It’s also my family name. Below is my family tree spanning over 400 years of history in Okinawa, and I hope to share it with our world through Makishi Apparel starting with our signature Little Bamboo Dress. Makishi Apparel's mission is to help women feel unstoppable as they pursue true happiness

This is my Makishi family tree in Okinawa, Japan - I'm the 14th generation
This is my Makishi family tree in Okinawa, Japan - I'm the 14th generation

I believe in the power of community. The purpose of Makishi Apparel and the Little Bamboo Dress is to create a community and culture where women can feel comfortable in our own skin and thus UNSTOPPABLE as we pursue true happiness. The movement has started. Join us!  

1. How much does one Little Bamboo Dress weigh? Approximately 1 lb 5.4 oz.
 
2. Do pockets seem bulky with items in it? This is why I purposefully designed the top half of the dress long enough to discreetly cover the front pockets. For best styling and care purposes, hold up to 2-3 cards in the front left pocket and 2-3 keys in the front right pocket. Do more with less! 

3. Do items in the pockets weigh the dress down? After multiple prototypes, I decided to construct Little Bamboo Dress with a higher quality three-quarter (3/4 inch) stretch waistband to reinforce the pockets holding your items. Again, for best styling and care purposes, hold up to 2-3 cards in the front left pocket and 2-3 keys in the front right pocket. 

4. What about exchanges and returns?   As we are a small team and currently in startup mode, we currently do not have the capacity to accept returns and exchanges which is why the sizing chart is detailed. As we grow (with your support), we'll increase our capabilities to process returns and exchanges. Thank you for making this a reality! 

5. How does international shipping and tariffs work? This varies. Backers from non-US countries may have to pay additional import duties and other applicable taxes upon receipt of their goods, based on their respective countries' import policies. Please check with your customs and border protection authority of your country for details specific to you. 

こちらに支援の手順を日本語で解説しましたので、ご参考下さい。https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M4T6A8xYJZ2kpdMyj1g-VX5k7OrCJl-eQDsEYjjjMX4/edit?usp=sharing

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ゆうちょ銀行 口座名:GARA FILMS
記号14390
店番:438
口座番号:8766994

LITTLE BAMBOO DRESS について:小さく折りたためるのにクレジットカード、鍵、携帯など、様々な必需品が収まる5つのポケットを備えた、多彩な人のための多彩なドレス。

デザインのルーツは、沖縄の帯、ウチナーグチで言う「ミンサー」です。沖縄では古くから女性が男性の求婚を受け入れたとき、将来の主人のために女性はミンサーを織ったのです。五つのマス目と四つのマス目を織り込んだ模様には、「いつ(五つ)の世(四つ)までも末長く」という思いが込められています。このLITTLE BAMBOO DRESSをきっかけにいつの世までも互いを支えあい、幸せを求めるスーパーウーマンのネットワークを築き上げましょう!

日本の伝統舞踊や演劇では着物の袖口を操ることで様々な気持ちを表現します。この伝統的なコンセプトから刺激を受け、「スーパーウーマン」が自己表現しやすいように複数の着方ができるようなデザインにしました。袖口は気分によって折り曲げたり、そのままのスタイリングで着ることができます。

製造工程について:2年前、私はスペインに移住しドレスやスポーツウエアを製造する会社に勤めました。その後、スペイン・バレンシアでファッションデザインについて学びました。 活発な女性として私は自分のライフスタイルに合った万能なドレスを必要としていました。スタイルだけでなく実用性も重視する必要がありました(つまり、ポケット=必須!)

ストーリーとビジョンについて:私は一つの夢を抱く一人の人間です。それは、本当の幸せを追求する女性を応援し、勢いづけることです。より幸福な世界を築くことが私のビジョンです。これは、一人ひとりが自身の真の幸せを追い求めることから始まると思うのです。

量より質を重んじる私は、マキシアパレル設立にあたってまずはデザインを一つのみとします。それが、LITTLE BAMBOO DRESSです。 衣服を通してありのままの自分を心地よく感じることは自信につながり、最終的に幸福をもたらすと私は信じます。

真喜志とは、「真の幸福を志す」を意味し、私の苗字でもあります。上の写真は400年以上前から沖縄に伝わる私の家系図です。当社特製の LITTLE BAMBOO DRESS を通してこの理念を世界と分かち合いたいと願っています。マキシアパレルの企業理念は、真の幸せを追い求める女性の挑戦と夢を応援し続けることです。

キックスターターズを選んだ理由 について:私はコミュニティの持つ力を信じています。マキシアパレルとLittle Bamboo Dressの目的は女性が自身の姿を心地よく感じることで、幸せを目指し、挑戦し続けるられるようなコミュニティと文化を築くことです。  

よくある質問 1. LITTLE BAMBOO DRESSの重さは? 約606グラム です。

2. 交換や返品は? 少人数でベンチャー企業のような駆け出しの時期であるため、返品や交換を行う段階にはありません。そのため、サイズ表は可能な限り詳細にしています。今後皆様のご支援と共に規模が拡大するにあたって、返品や交換を実施できるようになりますので、ご理解・ご協力のほど宜しくお願い致します。 

3. 国際配送と関税の仕組みは? 場合によります。アメリカ合衆国以外にお届けする場合は、その国の輸入規定に基づきお受け取りの際に輸入税等をお支払いいただく場合があります。詳細は税関や国境警備局にお尋ねください。

Risks and challenges

My NYC factory partner is ready to go. I already test produced 100 Little Bamboo Dresses to work out issues and assess actual production time. I’ve had dozens of superwomen wear the dress to collect data points for comfort and fit.

With any product, the biggest risk is a delay in the manufacturing process. Although I have planned out every detail, surprises can occur. If there are any issues I will be proactive in my communications and resolve them as quickly as possible.

リスクと課題について: ニューヨークの製造パートナーは準備が整っています。すでに100着のLITTLE BAMBOO DRESS の試作を製造することで製造過程における問題の解決や必要な時間を確認できました。20人以上のスーパーウーマンに試着をしてもらい着心地やフィットに関するデータもまとめました。

どの作品においても最大のリスクは製造の遅れです。詳細に計画を練ってはいますが予期せぬ出来事もあり得ます。その際、コミュニケーションを怠らず、積極的かつ迅速に対応します。

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    50ヵ国。デジタルフォトガイド:ケイが旅した50ヵ国にまつわるエピソードや、お勧めスポットが記載されたダウンロード可能のフォトガイドをお届けします。次の冒険のきっかけにいかがですか?

    ※ ケイのシルクロードピースサイクルプロジェクトの写真を限定公開!(シルクロードピースサイクルプロジェクトとは、5000のスマイルを求めて中国からウズベキスタンまでの5000マイルを一人でサイクルする平和のためのプロジェクト)

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    Receive a one (1) day tour of NYC with Kay.

    NYC has something for everyone.

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    - A dinner at Kay's favorite Japanese restaurant in NYC.

    *Flights and accommodations are additional. Schedules will be coordinated post-campaign. Up to 1 person.

    ケイと一緒にニューヨーク市一日ツアー。ニューヨークは、誰が行っても楽しめる場所なんです。

    Little Bamboo Dressを製造しているニューヨーク市の衣服製造地区をケイが案内するプライベートツアー。

    ニューヨーク市にあるケイ一押しの日本食レストランで夕食。

    *航空費、宿泊費は含みません。日程は当キャンペーン終了後調整。一名様まで。

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    Receive a three (3) day tour of Valencia, Spain with Kay.

    VALENCIA is Spain's third largest city located on the Mediterranean Coast. Paella, wine, siestas, beach, and mountains. Enough said.

    Includes:

    - A private tour of Kay's design studio where she created the Little Bamboo Dress.

    - A dinner at Kay's favorite paella restaurant along the Mediterranean Coast.

    - A tour of downtown Valencia to all of Kay's favorite hidden gems.

    *Flights and accommodations are additional. Schedules will be coordinated post-campaign. Up to 2 people.

    ケイと一緒に、バレンシア三日間ツアー。スペインで三番目に大きな都市バレンシア。地中海に面するこの都市は、パエリア、ワイン、シエスタ、山など見どころ満載!

    Little Bamboo Dressが生まれたケイのデザインスタジオを訪れるプライベートツアー。

    ケイおすすめの、地中海に面したパエリアレストランで夕食。ケイのお気に入りスポットを巡る、知る人ぞ知るバレンシア下町ツアー。

    *航空費、宿泊費は含みません。日程は当キャンペーン終了後調整。二名様まで。

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    Receive a five (5) day tour of Okinawa, Japan with Kay.

    OKINAWA is a subtropical island located in southern Japan. It's known for having the longest living and happiest people in the world. Discover why.

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    - Visit all of Kay's favorite hidden gems on the subtropical island.

    *Flights and accommodations are additional. Schedules will be coordinated post-campaign. Up to 3 people.

    BONUS: A 100% guarantee you will leave the island feeling healthier and happier.

    ケイと一緒に5日間沖縄ツアー。長寿と幸福度の高さが有名な沖縄。その理由に迫ります。

    400年も連綿と続く、真喜志家ゆかりの地を訪れるプライベートツアー。太平洋沿いにある、ケイお気に入りの沖縄料理レストランにて夕食
    ケイおすすめの、沖縄の秘境を訪れるツアー。

    *航空費、宿泊費は含みません。日程は当キャンペーン終了後調整。三名様まで。

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    早割セール。期間限定早割価格で、世界で最初にファミリーの一員になろう!

    Little Bamboo Dress x 1 (在庫にある中のお好きなサイズと色をお選びください)

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