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à pois is a Melbourne-based women’s handmade clothing label. Each and every garment is unique, and lovingly created by maker Kotoyo. They are made from natural fabrics such as linen, cotton, and merino jersey mainly sourced from Japan.
After spending the first part of her life in Japan, Kotoyo moved to Britain where she lived, worked and studied for 16 years, mostly in London. On completing her BA (Hons.) in 3D Crafts and Design at Brighton University she upped sticks and moved with her husband to begin a new life in Australia in 2003. The following year they had a son.
Through pregnancy and motherhood Kotoyo became fascinated by her own physical transformation. In turn, the body became the new focus of her art. She learned to sew, embroider, print making, and tatting. She collected and took inspiration from Japanese pattern books. She then began making ‘made to measure’ clothing for women from the comfort of her own kitchen table. à pois is now in its tenth year, and defiantly remains a business conducted from the home.
à pois clothing reflects a mindfulness to ever-shifting body shapes and the sensitivity of the skin, matters which constrain the choices of fabric and garment available to many women. Quality fabrics are carefully chosen for each garment. Natural fabrics gently fade and soften over the years. They grow with you and last.
à pois aims to create simple, comfortable, and breathable garments that become part of your everyday life.
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