The Kotome Story


Conscious Luxury for the Indoor World

Born in Oakland, Designed in Paris


Kotome seeks to seamlessly merge conscious luxury & comfortable sustainability. Launched in 2020, each product is carefully designed and created to bring comfort and joy, resulting in products that will be loved and cherished for years to come. 


Kotome strives for zero-waste, where the design and construction are draped to conserve materials and fabric is chosen for the sustainability of its nature. Our partners are selected based on their locality and high quality of construction and materials. Each color and print are hand selected directly from local fabric mills. Following their own calendar and timing, each product round is made in small batches with limited quantities in each color and print.  


Kotome is designed for the modern, indoor world. Meticulously made, our versatile quilted hanten kimono jacket boasts large pockets, is both light and airy yet super warm, and is completely reversible. Like wrapping yourself in your favorite blanket, our jacket can be worn from sun-up to sun-down and from the sofa to the home office and back again. Our Kotome jacket is available in six distinct patterns, perfect for every skin tone and every mood. From calm and peaceful with our blue tile, to sophisticated and classic with our red carré and red medallion, to bold and creative with our burnt orange, there’s an option for everybody. Slip it on to answer the door or make it the staple of your video calls.


Kotome is an authentic reflection of Asian-American voices and perspectives. Naomi Hwang is the daughter of Korean immigrants. Sachi Yoshii is a fourth-generation Japanese-American yonsei. They yearned to create stylish and effortless clothing that is directly influenced by their heritage. Hwang and Yoshii focused on aesthetics that cultivate a comforting experience with a hopeful outlook. While communicating from one continent to another, these two friends, and former New York City roommates, established a brand that reflects the many facets of a changing today and tomorrow. 


Kotome arrives with over two decades of experience in the fashion and philanthropy world. Hwang and Yoshii seek to create a groundbreaking philanthropic brand for the fashion industry. In that manner, 5% of our proceeds will be dedicated to Kotome Philanthropy, which will be advised by the insight and experience of people who help create our collections. The philosophy of Kotome Philanthropy is based on the reality that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. Kotome Philanthropy will improve lives with closer access to resources and power. 


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