{ introducing } dedegumo

recently, i was introduced to a brand so special that i just had to share: dedegumo, a watch shop founded in kyoto and recently brought to new york city by a very sweet southern family.

each watch is carefully handcrafted by a highly specialized japanese artisan in the brand’s orchard street store; one individual sees each watch from start to finish, and they take a lot of pride in their work. indeed, these watchmakers delight in talking you through the inspiration and history of each piece, or making any alterations your own imagination may dream up. it makes shopping for and buying a dedegumo watch a truly exceptional experience!!

dedegumo really believes in the input of their artisans, allowing them license to create whimsical, surprising, and super-chic designs (like the delightfully tiny chair, below!). no two pieces are exactly alike, and each is numbered and signed by its maker:

their wrap-around bracelets have quickly become a staple in my personal arm-party. they’re the perfect addition to this summer’s layered look:

because i am hosting an event with dedegumo in august, they generously let me pick out a piece of my own. i fell hard for the ruby beauty below, but had mitsue, the watch’s creator, swap the red frame on its face to white, and add a crimson second-hand in place of the original black:

once each piece is finished, it’s set inside a square, wooden box called a masu, then wrapped in a traditional cloth called furoshiki:

stay tuned for a detailed debut of my new beauty!! and CLICK HERE to see many more dazzling dedegumo designs.
  • kamo

    Wow, such a small world!!! I went to the Kyoto dedegumo store when I was there two years ago for school. I wandered in with a few friends, aaalllmost bought a watch, and a friend bought a ring. I loved it, but couldn't remember the name and figured with such a tiny Kyoto-only boutique, that I'd never hear about again! Thanks so much for reintroducing me, hopefully I'll make it to the NY store some time!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05942764320600245819 Julie Khuu

    How exquisite Kel!!! Made with love and bound in art! That little red leather one is my fave…such unique and creative designs…looks unisex, perfect for me and the boo!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08527837108529747887 Stylifiq

    You got such a nice watch. i love how everything is different and unique, I love hand made special designs. I also love artisans who are good at what they do
    Style by Stylifiq

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15588686321856705154 Lou

    Oh these look great, I love the different styles.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01018559049239753554 libby

    great photos! the watches look so cool, i especially love that little watch chair! so cute!


  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    these are incredible! the blue one is fab


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07443992914693322959 The Village Idiot

    those watches are awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03429968469338580701 Cristiana Nunes

    Stunning pieces. This is pure master work

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03960728586769630697 Extra Inch

    Great educational post!
    Cute little watches!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10312408733555420268 Leonie

    These watches are AMAZING!


  • Nanananataleee

    Wow, these are incredible and so unique! Thanks for featuring them! I'm pretty picky about watches, but these are most definitely worth owning and treasuring.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01479680957011473416 HUMANITYISBEAUTIFUL

    love a great watch! these are beautiful :)))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01975622786472392956 Lizzy

    These are amazing…so well thought out and lush! Loving the little chair and the packaging!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03542064466882299908 Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    Hi Kelly,

    I write for Chair Blog and when I saw this precious little chair watch, I just had to post about it immediately! Here's the link (I linked back to your post and included photo credit): http://www.chairblog.eu/2011/07/19/dedegumo-chair-watch/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17246616555311280161 annie markantonatou

    love handcrafted watches! love the one with the tiny butterfly in the middle


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08893049810302661681 Vanessa

    These watches are the epitome of "wearable art", and the craftmanship is out of this world! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous products!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09805137264959505964 A.

    What an awesome company! I just love the craftsmanship of these watches! such cute packaging, as well. Thx for sharing:) -A

    Blurbs | Blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04750934444442772717 Caitie

    what an amazing company! look forward to researching them.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10742697015152576035 Bravoe Runway

    What an exquisite line of timepieces! I can't wait to see which Chicago merchant will carry this line!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13350521363643389727 annawithlove

    oh WOW! these are just brilliant. thanks for sharing x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15376356878120105071 Gina Michele

    Gorgeous watches! I really like the one you chose.

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06194815834035143031 Katie

    oh wow, these are superb!

    my grandfather used to make clocks, he made me & my cousins each a grandfather clock when we were born. Individual time-pieces are so perfect.

    Katie x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18294964527551534408 Sinful Imperfection

    I want one :)lol
    Checkout and follow: http://www.sinfulimperfection.blogspot.com

  • http://wordbyjessie.com/ wordbyjessie.com

    sick old school watches. i love them! they'd look so awesome layered and worn together.
    thanks for sharing!
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    love these watches!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16552471224618674532 MIRIAM

    Wonderful…I like it!!! They are very special!!!
    A kiss from Italy

    Fashion Crazy Ball:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02396844930191693866 Martaaa

    this is amazing! such people, doing things with love are just so incredibly inspiring!

    BTW I love your blog!:)

    An Interesting Distraction

  • Angeles Almuna

    The package is absolutely great, superb…Great quality in a simple magic box! Love everything!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02451299578131268902 Mary

    Oh wow. What an experience! I'm pretty sure if I bought a dedegumo watch, I'd be leaving the store pretty damn satisfied… wow.

  • http://jemappelleshen.wordpress.com/ jemappelleshen

    Wow what a unique piece and a great story/background!


  • http://jemappelleshen.wordpress.com/ jemappelleshen

    Wow what a unique piece and a great story/background!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06608349350102547447 Nadine

    These are amazing! Your piece is gorgeous; each is so special. Thanks for sharing.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11695227203099106617 Julia

    these watches are so unique and beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

    xo Julia

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    The individuality of each watch is quite remarkable. And adore the noticeable quality in craftsmanship. The packaging is darling!

    ♥, Jamie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09423227956984979228 Petite and Hungry

    great leather wraps and bracelet!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    OMG kelly this is amazingg!! thank you so much for sharing I am literally going to go straight there next week! so excited they are beyond beautiful and i've been looking for a funky watch!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10456902592654842689 Alison

    wow, these are actually so cool! that's really fun that you got to pick one out and put your own ideas into it too

    <3 Alison

  • Conni

    Thanks for sharing….I'm going to NY in Aug and will add this to my shopping list!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04668794305527270079 saturumah

    love this so much …. i die to have this

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16472083874334861654 Asia

    Wow these are amazing!! Thank you for sharing this and introducing this brand, I probably would have never known about these beauties if it wasn't for your website!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    Those watches are stunning.

    Fashionable Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10518989250656037320 Kiki’s Corner
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15325266191558886493 ECLECchic

    Oh, all are so beautiful…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14548517494434374923 jessica january

    these are incredible! i am IN LOVE with the blue one.
    january, x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15664502134805475932 Her Persona

    amazing set of watches


  • http://monsacbyme.com mon sac by me

    soooo chic…..furoshiki too…!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03705476141906955403 Grace

    I've been hearing about this brand recently! (actually, just read like, 3 different posts about it in the last hour!) Sounds like the new it-brand!
    Beautiful pictures, and even more beautiful products!

    xx Grace

  • http://www.paperdolltheory.com paper doll theory

    those are so cool!!! and i love they are all so individually customized. it's wearable art!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01557103671672654942 My Chic My Way

    ABSOLUTELY LOVED!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! I will have to check out their NY store asap!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02756585515065845268 Aubrey and Melissa

    It's so wonderful to see completely custom pieces in fashion again. These watches are beautiful! I can't get of the watch set in the chair.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12024433132639497570 Sofia

    That is so beautiful. I respect and admire a company who believes in the importance of their craft and who pursues it with a passion.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01051468318341532535 Shasie of Live Life in Style

    Oh wow, thanks so much for sharing!! I love these watches…how unique. i will have to check out their site!

    Shasie of Live Life in Style
    Wrinkle In Time Vintage Giveaway

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05479660870779798748 Maggie ☮

    So beautiful not to mention the packaging is phenomenal! :)

  • Jun

    Really unique wonderful designs! I was so impress by the steampunk style. I know they closed their store at NY, but there is a store at San Francisco, CA. that sells Dedegumo too. They are working directly with Dedegumo. These are their links