More than neckties
Elegance, quality, tradition and design: all of this and more, since 1940.
Nekado is a Kyoto-based manufacturer specializing in design and manufacture of high-quality neckties and fashion accessories. Founded in 1940, Nekado takes pride in their pure-silk neckties, and in the use of Japanese traditional weaving techniques for the creation of their original designs.
As all of KiGinKin’s suppliers, Nekado has put the principle of “monozukuri” (handcrafting) at the center of its philosophy. None of the company operations are run without this concept in mind, from design to manufacturing. Since its foundation, each single product has its design carefully planned, thanks to the founder’s deep knowledge of materials, weaving techniques and trends.
Working strictly with Nishijin ori artisans, Nekado has developed a peculiar style that differentiates from other similar companies manufacturing neckties using the same techniques. This is obtained thanks to the fact that patterns and designs are created with the final product in mind, instead of applying existing designs to their products.
“What makes us different from any other manufacturer, possibly in the whole country, is that we create unique designs especially for the size, shape and use of neckties, and the same goes for materials and weaving techniques”, explains the president. “We make our choices from the strict range of possibilities offered by the Nishijin ori technique, creating characteristic products that you don’t see elsewhere.”
The care and passion translate in careful decisions depending on the specific product design:
- all fabrics used are made in pure silk
- the color used for each product is picked with consideration not only of its tones and depth, but also on its reflecting properties, to create a mesmerizing effect when worn
- compared to the average, Nekado artisans weave the fabric using an amount of thread that is two to three times the average, and sometimes more. This results in a more stiff and durable product.
Changing with times, loyal to traditions
In recent years, Nekado has experimented to create ever newer products.
Especially impressive are the neckties featured on KiGinKin, designed in collaboration with Kyoto-based artist Hisakazu Suzuki, known for his work in interior and product design. With three variants, featuring designs inspired by nature (water, wind and the moon), they gain depth to beauty when accompanied by the concepts by which the designer created them.
“Water is the source of life. For this design, I wanted to represent clear, beautiful water moved by the wind above.” As the designer explains, he was inspired by the way water is used as a metaphor in Taoism, representing the way we should live our lives: free, unconstrained, ever flowing and ever changing, in harmony with nature.
Nekado relies on expert artisans, chosen according to the properties of each product. They only work with original Nishijin ori manufacturers and craftspeople for the silk fabrics with woven designs, and with specialized artists for the hand-painted products.
Focusing on the production of Nishijin ori neckties, the artisans will imply a combination of techniques ranging from time-consuming hand weaving and the use of highly automated machines, seeking the perfect balance between high quality, larger production and the survival of traditions.
The leather used for their two-face bag is tanned and hand-sewn in Japan by leather craftsmen.