Styles good enough to eat

Ja­pan’s de­sign­ers launch brands for taste­ful wear­able treats.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIVING - By MI­DORI YA­MA­MURA

CAKES, cook­ies, mac­arons ... all kinds of yummy-look­ing sweets are on a plate – but they’re not ed­i­ble. They are all ac­ces­sories.

Ac­ces­sories brands that spe­cialise in de­signs fea­tur­ing dec­o­ra­tive sweets have been launch­ing one af­ter an­other in Ja­pan re­cently.

Q-pot was es­tab­lished in 2002, re­leas­ing rings adorned with ganache-like nama-choco forms in­stead of gem­stones, and key­chains fea­tur­ing cookie-like ob­jects.

Q-pot de­signer Tadaaki Waka­matsu loves sweets. “I wanted to make prod­ucts that make people smile. They pick them up and say, ‘What’s this!?’ This kind of thing can be a good con­ver­sa­tion starter,” he says. A brand named Chi­maski fo­cuses on Ja­panese sweets and snacks. It makes ac­ces­sories that re­sem­ble pop­u­lar snacks such as arare rice crack­ers and kaki-no-tane rice snacks, which are shaped like per­sim­mon seeds.

Some brands even make ac­ces­sories us­ing real food. Ro­tari Parker coats real snacks such as pret­zels and pies with resin and uses them to cre­ate neck­laces and brooches.

Ro­tari Parker de­signer Rie Hirota says: “I be­gan mak­ing them when I re­ceived hand­made cook­ies from my friend and wanted to keep them as my lucky charm.”

Sweets ac­ces­sories are pop­u­lar among women in their 20s and 30s.

Those who like to make sweets ac­ces­sories sell their works at ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces ev­ery year.

But why use sweets, and not jewels?

Since an­cient times, gold, sil­ver and pre­cious stones have been used ex­trav­a­gantly for ac­ces­sories to show off the power and wealth of the wear­ers.

Af­ter the 1920s, this trend changed grad­u­ally. Chanel, for ex­am­ple, re­leased ac­ces­sories us­ing fake jewels, mak­ing gor­geous ac­ces­sories and fash­ion more ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

Ac­ces­sories in the shape of sweets are sure to bring joy to many people and bring back fond child­hood mem­o­ries.

It’s prob­a­bly sim­i­lar to the com­fort and en­ergy boost we get from sweets when we’re feel­ing tired. – Yomi­uri Shim­bun/Asia News Net­work

Taste­ful or tasty?: Mac­aron and gin­ger­bread man key­chains are among the pop­u­lar items at Q-pot in Tokyo. — Pho­tos yomi­uri Shim­bun

ro­tari Parker’s cracker neck­lace is made from real snacks and is scent­less.

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