Once upon a time, we had to make an effort to look good when leaving the house. As we’re slowly seeing in many countries around Asia, those days will soon be upon us again. Time to plan your comeback and Japan’s storied animation house Studio Ghibli has something for the occasion — like Hawaiian shirts with prints inspired by hallmarks of some of the studio’s most beloved movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro.
The all-over print shirts, skirts and wide-legged trousers are emblazoned with two prints that reimagine motifs from the movies: 'Acorn leaf' is a drawing of a small Totoro from the iconic 1988 film playing hide-and-seek among acorns and leaves on a refreshing blue background and a macro crosske. The other is a calm yellow pattern called "memory of Koriko" that depicts the things and people that young witch Kiki met in the town of Koriko in the eponymous movie. Soon you’ll be able to get the prints on tote bags and bandanas, too.
The collection is part of Studio Ghibli’s existing apparel brand called GBL, which makes graphic t-shirts inspired by films like Spirited Away, Porco Rosso and Arrietty. The drop comes just days after releasing Ghibli-themes skateboards too.
You can cop some of this nostalgic unisex gear at the Japanese Republic of Acorn store and snag some cute Studio Ghibli merchandise at the same time. After the summer, the fashion brand will also open its first-ever brick and mortar store in Miyashita Park in Shibuya.