At the end of March I made a trip that I've been wanting to make for a very long time! [See my next post.] Tokyo had been on my travel wish list for as long I've been in love with traditional Japanese fashion.
It all started with a couple of kimonos I bought from a Japanese lady at Battersea park car boot sale one Saturday afternoon more than 10 years ago. That lovely lady was going back to Japan and she was selling off her wares including two exquisite kimonos. I hadn't bargained on spending so much at a car boot sale so had to frantically rush out to find a card machine so no one would get their hands on them.
And so began my love affair with kimonos, the exquisiteness of the most beautiful garments handmade with such precision and accuracy and detail. I had always thought that kimonos were beautiful garments but it wasn't until I started wearing them over my regular clothes that I felt a deep appreciation for them. Just how they transformed the way any old outfit looked once I wore a kimono over it. I began researching about the kimonos and learnt a great deal of amazing Japanese fashion history.
At that time I was already selling vintage, secondhand clothing in Camden market and I wanted to share my new found love of kimonos with others and began slowly selling them in my shop. I've always believed that I have to love each piece of clothing that I sell in my shop. Otherwise I can't muster enough enthusiasm to convince my customers to like them. And boy, was I enthusiastic about the kimonos! So much so that I had quite a few regulars who also got hooked on them as much I was. We abandoned our spring/summer jackets for kimonos and haoris (the shorter ones that were/are actually worn as jackets over kimonos).
I'm planning to do another post with the different kinds of traditional Japanese clothing soon, so watch this space! In the meantime have a look at our vintage kimonos to see what we're currently have available online (there are plenty more in our Dalston shop) and check our Instagram feed to see our lovely customers and the kimonos they've bought.
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