I have a feeling that Japanese designer Itaru Yonenaga’s latest scarf collection was inspired by one too many knits being stretched out in the wash. Yonenaga’s latest creations for Tou, which just debuted at the Tokyo Designboom Mart 2009, are whimsical creations based around overstretched and miniaturized versions of staples in everyone’s closets and drawers.
According to the website, the concept of Tou is to “find a new viewpoint” from “ordinary items with a bit of change.” These pieces are true representations of that concept, as you will soon find yourself wearing socks that aren’t going to work on your feet, but manage to warm up your neck just fine; your favorite sweater is too small to fit over your head, but is now content to drape around your shoulders; the mittens that are too long for your arms can now be found around your hips. All pieces are just as soft as the counterparts they took inspiration from, and are available in supima cotton and angora cashmere.
Inspiration and concepts aside, these pieces are just too cute to pass up. I’d buy every piece in the collection if the tiny hangars that are in the pictures are included. I’d also love to see the looks on people’s faces when I’m walking down the street with what looks like socks or mittens wrapped around my neck. Priceless!
In English, “Tou” translates into “a question,” “ask” and “inquire.” If you are wearing any of these scarves in the near future, it’s a pretty safe bet that the first question you’ll be asked is, “where did you get THAT?!”
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