Chako was launched in 2003 by a mother & daughter team - Fusako Nakanishi
and Kazumi Lomri who aspires to breath new life into beautiful traditional
Japanese obi & kimono by creating modern, yet timeless & versatile pieces.
Their collaboration began one summer, when Kazumi asked her crafty mother for
a small favor - to make a handbag out of a silk obi that she found in an antique
market in Tokyo.
After moving to Hong Kong in 2002, Kazumi was inspired to pursue the venture
seriously with the encouragements of her friends, whom were already putting in
their orders! The duo decided to start a business and named the brand Chako,
Fusako's childhood nickname. The inspiration for their logo came from the
Nakanishi family crest and they made it unique by having the two-plum flowers
meet in a circle, which represents their partnership in this venture.
Chako's spirit is in every bag, and each bag is as diverse and beautiful as the
woman who carries them.
Each clutch is individually designed and handcrafted
from genuine silk obi & kimono fabrics and has a detachable chain that enables it
to be worn in 3 ways: over the shoulder, on the wrist or as a clutch. Chako bags
are also designed so that they maximize every inch of useable fabric.
Since the launch of the brand, Chako clutches have been widely popular in NYC,
Hong Kong and London. They have been sold in various stores, including Lane
Crawford in Hong Kong (leading luxury department store), Austique in London
(named top 50 boutiques in London by Time Out) and Plaza Too boutiques in
New York City & Connecticut and now in Utah!
CHAKO BAGS AND CLUTCHES AVAILABLE AT TRUNK SHOWS ONLY