On a Journey from East to East
Kimono by Global Art Daily (GAD) started when Sophie Mayuko Arni, GAD's founder, came across archives of unworn, second-hand kimonos at her mother's hometown in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. These were silk treasures: all handmade, hand-embroidered, stitched to perfection. She immediately thought to bring them to her second home of Dubai, UAE.
By recontextualizing them to the UAE, kimonos take on the form of the popular abaya and fall into a sustainable, quality-focused, and colorful form of modest wear.
As such, Kimono by GAD aims to inject new life into finely-crafted Japanese silk kimonos, and continue to create cross-cultural dialogues between the UAE and Japan. Our goal is to celebrate femininity and craftsmanship across continents.
As part of Global Art Daily's umbrella, the brand's goal is to cross-pollinate and collaborate with artistic talent. Each drop and each pop-up will feature collaborations with Dubai-based photographers, cultural entrepreneurs, and artists interested to fuse Japanese and Emirati cultures.
What is Global Art Daily (GAD)
Global Art Daily Agency conceptualizes, curates, and organizes exhibitions with contemporary artists in public venues such as hotels, shopping malls, and art galleries. Global Art Daily originated as a publication for the UAE’s contemporary art scene, with print magazine issues and digital E-Issues published since 2018. Maintaining its original local-meets-global approach from its publications in its curation of exhibitions, Global Art Daily continues to highlight multicultural voices, especially between Japan and the UAE.
Sophie Mayuko Arni, founder of Global Art Daily Agency, has curated five volumes of the East-East: UAE meets Japan exhibition series (2016 - present), which have been exhibited at NYU Abu Dhabi Project Space (Abu Dhabi, 2016), CHI-KA Space (Dubai, 2016-17), HB.Nezu (Tokyo, 2021), Block House (Tokyo, 2021), and Hotel Acao for Atami Art Grant (Atami, 2022).
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Global Art Daily Agency FZ-LLC
Legal address: Business Floor, M1, The Meydan Hotel, Nad El Sheba, Dubai, UAE
Find at The Bureau, Diamond & Gold Park, Al Quoz, Dubai.
Monday - Friday, 11am - 6pm
+971 56 209 48 25