A Love Story | Starring : Japanese Indigo Prints and 18 Waits

May 18, 2018

Every collection we offer many different styles of shirting, trousers, knits and outerwear, in a wide variety of high quality textiles - wools, cotton, linens, solids, prints, and everything in between. Without fail - season after season - some of our best selling items are made from Indigo Cotton from Japan.

The Japanese are widely known for quality within the garment and manufacturing sectors and the fabrics we source from there are no exception. They’ve also mastered the art of indigo dying - by far one of our favorite colors we come back to time and again. 
These designs are created using a process known as discharge printing - a method of applying a design to dyed fabric by printing a colour-destroying agent to bleach out a white or light pattern on the darker coloured ground. But what’s so interesting about the fabrics we’ve sourced are the beautiful prints they use on these indigo dyed fabrics - which quite literally tell a story. All of the printers who produce the fabrics that we use are quite famous in Japan. All of the designs are based on traditional Japanese motifs and can be found on kimonos, fine chinaware, and, for the past 11 years, 18 Waits apparel and accessories!

Here are the stories behind some of the beautiful Japanese fabrics that you’re wearing - enjoy!


Considered a symbol of good harvest - the spirit of grains. When it snows a lot in the winter, it will be a good harvest the next fall.

Shop Indigo Stripe Cap


A Japanese motif from ancient times, it is believed that triangles can protect from evil spirits. 

Shop Indigo Mountains

The Japanese evoke the wave motif to signify the wish for an eternal and peaceful life, like that of a gentle wave.
We used the wave print for shorts in our Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.

Shop our selection of Japanese Cotton shorts from SS18. 


Shark Skin
People believed it can protect from evil spirits because shark skin is stiff and tough.

Shop Tiny White Dots Blazer, Shirt, VestTrousers, and Tie


Flower of Chrysanthemum
The flower of perennial youth and long life. Coming FW2018. 

Check out our Tiny White Dots Shirt for something similar. 

 Indigo Stripe Cap

This stripe design comes from a southern island in Japan and is often used in Kimonos.

Shop Indigo Cotton Caps


Wild Blue Bill Shirt

Cherry Blossoms

An iconically Japanese flower and motif that's famous the world over.  The cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It's a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.
Check out Flowers and Hearts for something similar.


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