City Guide: Tokyo

Tokyo

My semi-annual trips to Tokyo is what keeps my inspiration juices flowing. The energy I get from this city is like no other. Here are some of the places I managed to visit on my last busy trip.


 

SHOPPING

I always visit the golden triangle – Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku – for all my craziest fashion needs and just to get a general feel of the current state of trends. I already get inspired by the vibrancy of the street style. There are many places we sell our collections in these areas, including two of the best department stores Seibu Shibuya and Isetan Shinjuku, so it´s always mixing work with pleasure.

Kriss Soonik


 

KOENJI

Every time I’m in Tokyo, I try to find new places. Koenji, just a stop from Shinjuku, is probably the coolest neighbourhood in Tokyo at the moment. It’s home to an expanding creative scene. You can shop for vintage clothes and vinyl records, go to live music bars and just generally walk around and get immersed in culture and creativity on every step.

Koenji


 

SAKURA

This was my fourth time in Tokyo during Spring. I had seen cherry blossoms before but I had never been in Tokyo during the peak blossoming season. Now I know what the hype is about! My greatest experience to view the cherry blossoms was in Tokyo Midtown. It´s especially powerful to look at the fluffy trees from above. It reminded me of seeing first snow of the season.

Sakura


 

MIRAIKAN SIENCE MUSEUM

It´s no surprise that I am a huge fan of robots. Visiting Miraikan had been on my to-do list for a long time. Loved seeing Asimo´s demonstration and chatting to tiny robots. Of course until the cute robots called me old…

Miraikan

Layering with Lace

Lace

We love us some lace! It’s such a versatile material that is super luxurious yet utterly cool. On top of the signature lingerie sets we have few other eye-catching lace pieces in our selection, which we just can’t get enough of. We’ve decided to take these lace beauties out and about and show how to wear them part of everyday wardrobe.


 

KYLIE TOP

Inject a bit of glamour to your casual style with this halterneck beauty. Open-back and the signature suspender clip detail make this top stand out from all angles.

Kylie Lace Top


 

KYLIE SLIP 

Best way to add fashionable layers to your look. Play with proportions wearing the Kylie Slip on top of skirts or trousers. Or mix it with bright colours and clashing prints to turn the romantic lace into a striking ensemble.

Kylie Lace Slip


 

JO TOP

Jo Top is reversible and features an eye-catching suspender clip and satin ribbon detail. Just wear it on top of a shirt or a t-shirt to instantly dress up your day look.

Jo Lace Top

Caribbean Dreaming Pop-Up

Kriss Soonik

It was my 8th time in Tokyo but this time was extra special – I was finally there during the peak cherry blossoming. And I must say nothing really compares to these fluffy white and pink petals. Apparently Sakura season is bigger than Christmas in Japan. And now I know what the hype is about!

The main reason for my visit to Tokyo this time was our pop-up at Omotesando Hills Rocket at the heart of Tokyo’s most prestigious shopping street Omotesando. This is the legendary street where Gucci, Chanel, Loewe et al. have their flagships.

We had a fabulous opening party. Was so great seeing all my Japanese friends (thank you for my beautiful flowers and gifts!) and also meeting so many new faces. The pop-up’s theme was “Caribbean Dreaming” after our SS17 campaign. Guests were posing with our campaign stars dolphin and flamingo while sipping Litchi Blue cocktails. We had loads of fun as you can see from the gallery below.

Until next time Tokyo!


 

 

Katwomen T-Shirts

Katwomen T-Shirt

Last summer we brought our cat logo alive with the very talented illustrator Kati Stimmer. We called her Kat. She is a glamorous creature – sassy, independent and courageous. She doesn’t care what others think about her because she just really enjoys being herself.

T-Shirt


 

My name is always written with a C whenever I go, so it wasn’t really hard to come up with her name. But that was also the moment when the idea for the Katwomen Alphabet occurred. Letters combined with our beautiful creature on cool T-shirts? I was sold. It had been a long-time dream of mine to include a range of T-shirts into our collections.

Katwomen Alphabet


 

The supersoft organic cotton T-Shirt comes with 21 different letters making it easy to find your initial. Rock it with a pair of jeans or wear it underneath our Susan Tops or Bodies. The peek-a-boo detailing is perfect to show off your letter.

Behind the Design: Silvia & Maike

Lace Lingerie

Writing about our bestselling classic items is like walking on memory lane. Silvia Bra is where it all started for the Kriss Soonik brand. If today you see triangle bralettes in every store, in every fashion show, then 8 years ago the scene was very different. All the brands were selling constructed bras, mainly padded or even push-ups. Then we came along with our soft cup bra. Our collection overall was more casual for a luxury brand. Using fabrics such as jersey and velour, so we got away with it. And not only did we get away with it, we owned that piece. Our brand became known for that lace bra with the wide elastic.


 French Lace

 

The first Silvia was made of black French lace – glamorous, chic and an immediate bestseller. For our 5th birthday we launched the Rainbow of Bras collection where Silvia came in many different bright and pastel colours. We are now constantly adding new shades to the mix. We have also extended the range into different fabrics, the Silvia Fishnet Bra being one of the most popular.


 Lace Lingerie

 

But of course talking about the Silvia Bra without mentioning Maike Knickers is only telling half the story. From the very beginning it has been a match made in heaven. Bold wide elastic with delicate lace combination finished with the square satin bow has made the set both sexy and sporty. It’s everyday lovely lingerie for a modern woman!


 

 Kriss Soonik

Caribbean Dreaming

Caribbean Dreaming

Our SS17 campaign “Caribbean Dreaming” is all about the small joys in life.

My grandmother Maie became the unexpected style muse for the shoot. I remember her always being very glamorous. Even when she was sunbathing in the garden of our Summer cottage, she had a proper hairdo and purple lipstick on. It was the time when Estonia was still part of the Soviet Union and travelling abroad was impossible. You couldn´t just buy a ticket and fly to the Caribbean for a holiday, so you had no choice but to make the most of your backyard sunbathing sessions.

The modern reason for not being able to fly to the Caribbean is lack of time. Our busy lifestyles became the inspiration for our SS17 photoshoot. When you just don´t have the time for a vacation, you can always create your own sunshine. Take time off in small portions and enjoy these fun little moments in life. We always want more but sometimes we just have to make the most of what we already have!


 

Photographer: Sandra Palm
Model: Mari-Liis @EMA
Styling: Johanna Eenma
Hair/make-up: Nele Pandis
Location: Tallinn Botanic Garden

How to Wear: Kristel Turtleneck

Kristel Turtleneck Top

Our most versatile piece the Kristel Turtleneck Suspender Top will give you endless styling options. You can show off your suspenders, or hide them. Wear the cutout in front or at the back, pair it with skirts or trousers, dress it up or keep it casual.

Kristel Turtleneck


 

LAYER UP 

Kristel Top is great for layering. Let the turtleneck and suspenders do the talking while they peep out from underneath a jumper. It’s a great transitional piece to wear and take from your Winter wardrobe straight into Spring.


 

WEAR TO WORK

Kristel also helps you look polished at the office. Tuck the suspenders in to wear the top as a classic turtleneck with a pencil skirt. If you’re feeling more adventurous let the suspenders show and add a pair of smart trousers to keep it classy.

Turtleneck Top


 

PARTY ENSEMBLE

For a fashionable party look dress the top up with a pair of heels and funky culottes. Bright and pastel tones add a nice balance, keeping the outfit soft yet bold. Don´t be afraid to be playful. That´s what the top was made for!

Kristel Turtleneck

All That Glitters

Susan Glitter Top

Our Glitter mini range is here and shining bright! Inspired by Kriss’s travels to Japan and the street style of Tokyo, these items are absolutely to die for. The beautiful golden glitter tulle fabric is the star and the perfect match for our bestselling cuts.


 

Susan Glitter Top

Susan Top is unquestionably a firm favourite of our customers. We are always trying to come up with new ways to reinvent this model and the glitter version is definitely a great alternative to the classic lace one. As with all the Susan Tops there are endless ways to wear it as the peek-a-boo detailing can be both in the front or at the back. Our favourite is to layer it on top of a cool t-shirt.

Susan Glitter Top


 

Susan Glitter Gown

Definitely the most glamorous piece in our collections. Can be worn as an alluring dressing gown at home or a fashionable layering piece part of your outfit. The details and the length keep the Glitter Gown classy and sweet while the see-through fabric adds a certain quirkiness factor to it.

Glitter

Spring Inspiration

Moodboard

Now that our brand new spring-summer collection is up and available on our website, it’s the perfect time to talk about the inspiration behind it. This season the collection consists of smaller ranges that were all inspired by different travels and places.


 

Glossy Jersey

It’s all about the stunning glossy fabric and clever little details with this range. The cuts might be sporty but the shiny jersey adds just the right amount of glamour. The nude & navy colours represent the sand and the sea – the essentials of summer and that holiday feeling.

Kriss Soonik Glossy Jersey


 

Curacao

The beautiful blue is inspired by Kriss’s travels to Mexico last year, especially by the small resort village of Tulum, where she saw this shade mixed in the most unexpected combinations. One of the most memorable being with bright pink in the lively Carribean architecture.

Curacao Lace


 

Velvet Dot

Parisian Chic! The Velvet Dot range has that certain je ne sais quoi about it. The beautiful mesh fabric is cool yet classy, it both covers and shows off. The dots are made of velvet that are really soft to touch. The simple, elegant shapes complement the playfulness of the dots resulting in a tres chic ensemble.

Velvet Dot Kriss Soonik

Behind the Design: Kristel Turtleneck

Turtleneck Suspender Top

We launched the first Summer collection in 2009 with our Kristel Suspender Tank Top being one of the stars. Women immediately fell in love with its feminine shape and the comfortable jersey fabric. I was certainly one of the fans of the design. Being from Estonia I had to also create something to survive the freezing Nordic Winter in the same classy style. This is how the Kristel Turtleneck Suspender Top was born.


 

Kristel Suspender Top

Named after our first photographer and my dear friend Kristel Raesaar, the top is as versatile as her creative mind (she came up with the term “loungerie” for us, so you get what I mean). The top can be worn hidden as a layering piece or you can rock it with pairs of jeans and let the suspenders show. Moreover it’s reversible, meaning you can have the cutout in the front or at the back.


 

Turtleneck Suspender Top

Made in Estonia from the softest viscose jersey sourced from our long-time suppliers in Italy, I never wanted to compromise on the fabric. It had to be the softest and most durable option we could find. I wanted women who wear the top to feel confident, comfortable and sexy. With so many ways how to wear it, I think it really ticks all the boxes.


 

Manufacturing

I have always seen it as an more fashionable alternative to a classic black turtleneck.
It truly is a staple piece with a twist!


 

Suspenders