As a child, I grew up seeing my grandmother running her own Kimono shop in Osaka. From that day forwards, I always hoped to start my own company one day. In my 20’s era, I was a little lost – constantly analysing growth markets every day. I realised that just watching markets was not enough; I needed a mission. A life changing event in 2011 brought my purpose into focus, and that was the birth of kay me. Our mission to ‘support ambitious women be the best they can be’ is still young, but we are growing fast. With so many incredible customers, amazing artisan factories, bases in Tokyo and London and seven shops, we’re bringing together people from different countries and backgrounds to follow the kay me vision. ’No person is an island’ – ‘supporting ambitious women’ and bringing ‘made in Japan’ to the world means we need talent and drive – if you have these qualities, we look forward to hearing from you soon!
Junko Kemi is the founder and lead designer of kay me. She started kay me in July 2011 in Ginza, Tokyo. In 2008, Kemi also established a marketing consulting company, after providing consulting services as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group from 2004 to 2007. She mainly provided consulting service to the financial, IT, and energy industries. Kemi first built her career in marketing and sales for a nationwide publishing company,Benesse. Kemi has received numerous awards for her entrepreneurship, including the ‘5th DBJ Women Entrepreneurs Grand Prize‘ by the Development Bank of Japan in 2016, the ‘2015 Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan as well as receiving a merit award in the Global Strategy category at the '2014 MIT Venture Forum of Japan'.Kemi holds a BSc in History from The University of Waseda, Japan.
I stepped inside a factory for the first time as a 4-year-old. Growing up in the UK, I spent long summer holidays in my uncle’s sock factory. Founded in 1908, the artisanry of beautiful sock making has become part of my town’s DNA. I learned how something so simple that we take for granted every day requires amazing people to get right. Many of those traditional businesses are now struggling both in the UK and Japan. Artisan made goods are still in demand, but industries need to move with the times. At kay me, we want to move ‘ahead of the times’. As a producer of artisan goods, we see effective use of cutting edge technologies as a way to bring our vision into the 21st century, allowing our customers to enjoy our products and services exactly when and how they need them. kay me has lots of exciting opportunities as our company grows beyond fashion. If you are ready for the challenge, we’re waiting to hear from you.
Born in the UK. Received a Degree in Physics from the University of Warwick.
Worked as a consultant at Ernst & Young from 2002-2004 in London. Appointed as the speech advisor for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the global human resources consulting firm EST Holdings Ltd., founded in 2004. Faulkner has been part of the kay me team since 2014 and became director of kay me international as he aided in its establishment. Besides his responsibilities managing overseas business operations, he uses his previous work experiences to develop business and promotional strategies. Faulkner also handles internal affairs, such as organization design and human resources.