New Japanese Page Domain
Let us introduce you to our new Japanese page domain:
We hope this will provide easy access to our Japanese visitors!
Linley Coffee Table to be sold at Christie's on 2 July 2013
As part of 'Home Style & Collectables', this beautiful 1992 Linley coffee table will be sold at Christie's on 2 July 2013, London, South Kensington. Click here for more details.
Linley, a bespoke English furniture maker, was founded in 1985 by David Linley, who is also the son of Princess Margaret.
'In the WRITE Direction' - One Day Workshop with Toshiko & Susie Johns (Watch this space!)
It's the beginning of a New Year and a great time to reassess and move into a new, positive and fulfilling phase. Talking Image can inspire you to make a start on that journey by using your handwriting as a springboard to analyse your life.
This one day workshop will be run byToshiko Kobatake, Managing Director of London-based image consultancy, Talking Image and Susie Johns, AGSM, B.Ed, Internationally acclaimed Life Strategist, Graphologist and Public Speaker.
We will be running more workshops in the coming months. Watch this space!
Toshiko Visited Japan in Spring 2013
Toshiko visited Japan from March to early April 2013. It was lovely to see you all during the beautiful cherry blossom season. She will be visiting again this fall. She is bilingual in English and Japanese, so feel free to contact her if you would like to book any of the services below while she is there:
image consultancy training course / business development half day course / contemporary English manner etc.
Seminar in Japan - 20 November 2012 (has finished)
'Styling and Social Manners to Prepare You on Your Holiday... & a glimpse of the Autumn/Winter 2012 Trend that you might want to add to your look'
Toshiko held a joint event with Masako Inoue at marunouchi cafe SEEK. Thank you all for coming.
Visited Japan in November 2012
Toshiko visited Japan in November and thanks for your interest in Talking Image. She will be visiting again in the spring of 2013. If you are interested in any of the services below, please contact Toshiko. She is bilingual so she will be able to assist you fluently in English or Japanese. She looks forward to the next visit and meeting as many people as possible!
image consultancy training course (November 5-9, 21-25)
workshops (20 November)
contemporary British social manners
'The Visual Code' - October 2012 Event with Susie Johns
The secrets your Deportment, Social Manners & Handwriting reveal about you, even before you say a word.
Research shows that the majority of communication is non-verbal. How we dress, how we move or the tone of our voice can speak louder than words.
The Visual Code is a bespoke, two-day event filled with the ultimate, practical information to boost your self-confidence and perfect your personal style.
Having the perfect image on the outside is not enough. You need the inner confidence to bring out the power of who you are.
Together we will explore the world that these silent style indicators reveal and how you maximise the effectiveness of your image.
This two-day event will be run by Toshiko Kobatake, Managing Director of London-based image consultancy, Talking Image and Susie Johns, AGSM, B.Ed, Internationally acclaimed Life Strategist, Broadcaster and Public Speaker. Click here or the images for details.
Joint Workshop in Japan - March 2012
Toshiko ran joint workshops in Japan with Masako Inoue of The Bouquet. The workshops covered topics on how to balance your proportion, particularly giving tips on how to dress on holidays, dress codes and manners that must not be ignored. Spring/Summer 2012 fashion trend was also covered, just so that the participants can be up-to-date with the trend, and if they wished, they can choose to add a few new ideas into their existing wardrobe.
We will be holding more joint workshops in the Autumn when Toshiko visits Japan again.
New Page - Talking Image Studio
Take a look at our 'Talking Image Studio' page, where we have added more pictures of our bright and comfortable studio. (November 2011)
New Page - Toshiko's Tips
We have added a new page to our website called "Toshiko's Tips". Toshiko will fill you in with useful tips that can easily be implemented in your daily life. To start off, Toshiko talks about the importance of appearance at a job interview. She is joined by Katie Ledger, a communications coach and TV presenter for BBC Click. (October 2011)
Follow us on Twitter!
We have started tweeting. Watch this space! (September 2011)
Plan Head for London 2012
London is busy preparing for the Olympics. It starts on 27 July 2012. You may think we still have another year, but time does fly, it's only around the corner! The Olympics will be held in London where Talking Image is based. Have you always been interested in getting your colours done, doing an image consultation or perhaps going personal shopping to get that "wow" factor? Plan ahead and see if you can come visit London by combining the two together for an unforgettable experience.
We musn't forget, there's Wimbledon and Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee too!
8TH Anniversary Offer: 8% Discount
Talking Image is celebrating our Eighth Anniversary this year. To mark this celebration, we would like to offer a discount of 8% for services that are booked by 31 August 2011. Once booked, the discount will be valid until January 2012 so don't miss this opportunity.
*Please note that this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Superdry - Born in Britian with a Japanese Twist
"I remember walking passed Superdry's first store in Covent Garden in 2004. Looking at the Japanese phrase that was written above 'Superdry', I wondered why on earth this logo 'demanded' you to Superdry? It is written in a command tense. This translation of 'Superdry' is understandable but the word is not commonly used in Japan, so I couldn't make out which country this brand originated from. Over the years, with David Beckham seen wearing their Osaka T-shirt and Brad leather jacket, also worn by other celebrities like Justin Bieber and Josh Duhamel, this street-style, urban-cool British retail brand has since grown strength to strength. It is now sold in over 20 countries across four continents. It is amazing to find so many people wearing this brand now.
Based on the urban-cool look and the price, Superdry exceeds Gap or Uniqlo. It does not exude the level of sex appeal that Abercrombie & Fitch has, but compared to Jack Wills, Superdry targets a wider age range, even for a slightly older generation.
Interestingly, this British-born brand that uses Japanese in their logo is not yet sold in Japan. If you say Superdry to the Japanese, they will instantly think of a beer brand, Asahi Superdry." (Toshiko, May 2011)
Visiting Japan in Autumn 2011
Toshiko will be in Japan this fall. If you are interested in image consultation, personal shopping, image consultancy training course or workshops, please feel free to contact us. Toshiko looks forward to meeting you then! (May 2011)
One Day Taster Course
We now offer a one day taster course for those who are interested in becoming an image consultant and wanting to get a better understanding of what it involves and how it works. Whether you are looking to start a new career or purely wanting to further your knowledge to help yourself and friends choose the best colours and clothes, this will give you a good insight into the the world of image and styling. (May 2011)
Follow Us on Facebook
We are on Facebook! We will keep you up to date on the latest news and fill you in on helpful tips that you can easily take on board.
This Facebook page now replaces our newsletter. Click the "Like" button in our Newsletter page and receive updated information regularly on Facebook. (February 2011)
Japan in the Springtime
Toshiko visited Japan in Spring 2011 and conducted image consultations and image consultancy training course. If you would like to see her in Japan or anywhere in the world, please feel free to contact her. She would be delighted to hear from you.
I'm Ted Baker!
My client and I had the previlege to bump into Mr "Ted Baker" when we were shopping for my client's Ted Baker coat in Selfridges. He introduced himself as "Ted Baker", who is actually Ray Kelvin, founder and CEO of the global brand, Ted Baker. I must say that Ray and Chris Browne, his Retail Director were both extremely friendly. As you may know, Ted Baker clothes are made of outstanding quality with a twist to the fabric and detail, which adds style and fun to the whole look. Obviously, my client loved the coat and purchased it! (December 2010)
New Talking Image Studio has opened
The new Talking Image Studio has now opened. Easy access from Bermondsey or London Bridge tube station, it is located in the heart of London, only a stone's throw away from Tower Bridge, Bermondsey Street where small cafes and restaurants are buzzing and Bermondsey Square where the antiques market is held every Friday.
We would like to welcome you to our new Studio, providing you with a relaxed, inviting ambience, in the hope that this will be the first step to opening many doors to a happier, more confidence and stylish you. (July 2010)
Working with CorperIDeas Styling Tool
We are pleased to announce that Talking Image now works with CorperIDeas Styling Tool, a "top to toe" and "easy fitting" formula for a clearer understanding of the theory in styling and clothing line. These styling pieces are used during the image consultations and image consultancy training courses, helping clients and trainees to immediately visualise what works and what doesn't for your body line and proportion.
The styling pieces are available for both men and women. Not only are they practical for providing styling advice, they are fun to use too. See for yourself and be convinced!
Win a £1000 Makeover in a free prize draw at 10 Years Younger Live! (The offer has now finished)
Win a style and colour analysis by Toshiko Kobatake, Director of Talking Image, a skin tightening treatment and a new outfit from House of Fraser. Collaborating with nutritionist and anti-ageing expert Yinka Thomas MSc RNutr, founder of No Nips No Tucks, we will show you how to reserve ageing by nutrition, hyper-gravitational exercise and colour and styling tips.
Don't miss Yinka's presentations at the 10 Years Younger Live show at Earls Court 2, from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July 2009. To get two tickets for the price of one, quote the code ex01 when you book online.
Toshiko in Japan - Spring 2008
Toshiko made her annual trip to Japan, offering workshops and personal image consultations in Tokyo. She will visit Japan again next year, hopefully providing her services not only to the Japanese but also to the English speakers who reside in Japan. Please feel free to contact Toshiko or Kayoko, our Japan Representative for any enquiries.
Japan Representative Office - Newly Opened!
We have opened a Talking Image Representative Office in Tokyo, Japan. For any information regarding our services, training courses or Toshiko's schedule in Japan, please contact Kayoko Otani, our Japan Representative.
Image Makeover Experience at an All-Suite Hotel in the Heart of London
Are you looking for an exquisite experience in the heart of London? How about an image makeover with Toshiko while staying at an all-suite hotel in Knightsbridge? Durley House Hotel of Stein Hotels and Resorts can offer you just that. For more information, please click into the photo and go to Special Offers page.
Toshiko in Japan March 2007
In March 2007, Toshiko visited Japan to hold image consultations, workshops and trainings. If you are interested in meeting Toshiko in Japan or in any other country in the future, please contact Toshiko.
Because You're Worth It!
As part of our annual charity event, Talking Image consultants visited Beechfield, a caring home in Weybridge. We analysed the best colour shades for everyone and even had a make-up session. We enjoyed the afternoon as much as the ladies. Age does not stop us from looking and feeling good, because we're all worth it!
Bespoke Shirts for Men & Women
You might think that shirts are all alike but are they really? Does your shirt make you look as if you are swimming in it? Does the neckline feel as if it is choking you? Or are you staying away from buttoned shirts because you could never find one that doesn't pull around your bust line?
Let me introduce you to CYC, the custom-made shirt shop for men and women. Established in 1935, they were the first to offer custom-tailored shirts in Singapore. They have been committed to producing bespoke shirts, using the finest fabrics from Europe and Japan. Their flagship stores are located at the prestigious Raffles Hotel Arcade and Singapore's Central Business District, Republic Plaza.
They opened their new London showroom in 2005 but you do not need to visit them. CYC's 'Wardrobe on Wheels' will come to you, at your home or office. They will bring all the choices of fabrics and design and measure you to get the perfect fit. Prices start from 59 pounds, which is quite amazing, considering the quality and the design that they offer.
CYC The Custom Shop
We Now Accept Credit Card Payments
Online credit and debit card payments can now be accepted through Paypal. Simply click into the Booking Form page. Payments can also be made by cheque or bank transfer and should be arranged separately by contacting Toshiko via Contact page, or Tel/Fax: .
Toshiko in Japan
In February 2006, Toshiko visited Japan to hold one-on-one image consultations and workshops. She was also interviewed by one of the woman's magazines, which will be featured in their May edition.