Kowtow – The Silent Space Part 1

Kowtow – The Silent Space Part 1

How much do we love Kowtow? Ummmm, just a bit. Just a bit to the point that they are in our top 5 fav labels. And not to mention they are from New Zealand. One of my fav countries. But that’s enough about me. Let’s talk about them.

Kowtow’s upcoming and 12th collection named ‘The Silent Space’ is all about the beauty of simplicity. Inspired by the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando,Ā minimalistĀ concrete interiors andĀ large open area’s emphasisingĀ nothingness lead to Kowtow’s design ideas of bringing peace, zen and calmness into the madness of the fashion world.


With key colours of soft summery bone, lemon and light grey, and an original print called the “reflection print” (to emphasiseĀ Tadao Andoā€™s creative use of natural light), the new collection reminds me of seeing beauty in nature (think lemon yellow soft flower in the sunlight) amongst the sometimes greyness (think hard concrete wall in the rain) of modern life.


Tailored shapes and luxury basics areĀ constructedĀ on the labels signature organic cotton building blocks with the use ofĀ GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) dyes, andĀ of course an ethical manufacturing process.

The Silent Space drops in-store August 2013 to over 60 top boutiques across New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Sweden and Mexico.

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Katie Gannon

After running an ethical fashion label for 5 years, I started this blog in 2007 after learning first hand about the importance of sustainability in fashion design. I am a passionate environmentalist and wish to promote individuals and organisations around the world working on innovative design. I have a BA in Communications / Media as well as a Cert IV in Clothing Production, and run my own graphic design company at www.katiegannon.com

  • Rachel Manns
    Posted at 09:41h, 15 June Reply

    I love Kowtow so much, they are such a beautiful brand. Their prints and cuts are always so good. This collection is stunning. Great article!

    • katie
      Posted at 21:02h, 15 June Reply

      Thanks Rachel!

  • Yolanda van Kimmenade
    Posted at 08:40h, 14 June Reply

    Great post, I recently discovered Kowtow in a boutique in Brisbane, Australia and I loved the feel of the fabrics and the structured designs.


    • katie
      Posted at 21:25h, 14 June Reply

      Hi Yolanda
      I’m still yet to see one of their items in person, but I just love the designs. They are amazing!

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