John Lewis’s new Kin collection is a Japanese-inspired dream

Japanese style has always epitomised elegance and simplicity, and these are the central qualities that John Lewis’s in-house fashion line Kin has channelled since its launch in 2013. Now, for S/S 20, the department store is showcasing this direction with a capsule collaboration with Neo-Japonism artist and calligrapher Rie Takeda – and it’s seriously beautiful stuff.

The 11-piece edit draws inspiration Rie’s ‘painted poems’, which combines her calligraphy and Japanese painting skills – ‘using clear lines and a spiritual expression of calligraphy in an active flow of rich colours and patterns; inspired by the words, letters, shapes and patterns of every life,’ John Lewis explains.

John Lewis Rie Takeda
John Lewis & Partners

The result is a riot of gorgeous patterns and oversized silhouettes that you can breeze through summer in effortlessly – slip on your favourite sandals and a chic pair of sunglasses, and there’s nowhere these versatile pieces can’t take you. And with almost every item under £100, it’s not astronomically-priced, either.

From dungarees for lazy days at home to kaftan dresses you can waft from beach to bar in (on UK shores, of course), and blouses that take the genre of ‘jeans and a nice top’ to a whole new level, here are just some of our favourite designs from the range.

If you’ve been looking for a sartorial treat to brighten these lockdown days, we’d recommend adding one of these to the very top of your wishlist – but move quickly, because most of them are already selling out.

7 of the best buys in the John Lewis Rie Takeda collaboration

John Lewis Rie Takeda
Kin Rie Takeda Ichigiochi Kaftan Dress, £89

John Lewis Rie TakedaKin Rie Takeda Longline Oversized Shirt Dress, £99

kin topKin Rie Takeda Oversized Utility Shirt, £69

John Lewis Rie TakedaKin Rie Takeda Shirred Waist Kaftan Dress, £89

kin kimonoKin Rie Takeda Shirred Waist Kaftan Top, £69

kin wrap dressKin Rie Takeda Sleeveless Wrap Dress, £119

John Lewis Rie TakedaKin Rie Takeda Pocket Front Dungarees, £99

You can shop the full John Lewis Kin x Rie Takeda collection at johnlewis.com now.