The first weeks
our first couple of weeks after our soft-opening in November have been very exciting. We are steadily streamlining the user experience on our website and adding new products as they hit our inventory or as soon as they are made available to us. Still, you notice that we have a limited selection at the moment. But don’t worry, a LOT of new products are bound to be available to you, so keep your eyes open.
So far, we have been very positively surprised with the number of orders. It proved to be true that complete sets are very popular. We guess that with a complete set, even kitsuke beginners can start right away and don’t have to worry about buying additional accessories or combining different obi with their kimono or yukata.
So we will focus a little bit more on offering complete sets to you. But we also don’t want to forget about the more experienced clients who want to add a new kimono to their collection and may already have a suitable obi.
Unfortunately the high demand also means that we have run out of some of the yukata sizes already and we will not get resupplied this year. This is only true for the current yukata sets and will not stay like this forever.
Updates and more updates
As with everything, opening the online-doors to our shop is a learning experience for us. But our clients have really been great so far. Most of you noticed that we did not have an option to select the size of your desired yukata and the geta in our yukata sets. So you just used the additional note field during check-out. How smart of you all!
But of course, we steadily want to improve, so we made it possible for you to select the desired size before you add your item to the cart. This prevents us from receiving orders without size information.
We keep growing
Since we opened our doors (softly), we also came back full force to Facebook and Instagram. Both now have a steadily growing fanbase. Our Facebook-Page has reached 1.600 fans recently, which we think is a great milestone. It makes us one of the most liked kimono facebook pages out there. But we don’t want to stop here! We want to show the wonderful world of kimono and kitsuke to even more people, so we will try to reach out to influencers and Japan themed bloggers and website to find suitable cooperation partners for us.
On Instagram, we have basically just started and have reached 60 followers at the moment. You can find us with the handle @kimonogeisha
Here, our mission is to share the best and most interesting kitsuke pictures from Japanese people that foreign people might have a problem finding, due to the Japanese mainly (often only) using Japanese hashtags, written in Hiragana or Katakana.
We need your feedback!
As a growing shop in its soft-opening phase, we absolutely rely on your feedback! What do you like about us? What don’t you like? What kind of products would you like to see in our shop?
Let us know and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – because ultimately, we do all this for YOU people out there! And we want to make you as happy as possible 🙂
Also, we would like to encourage you, to share your kimono and kitsuke stories on our website. Become part of our story and we will reward you with cupons for our store.
One last thing. We are planning a Christmas sale during the holidays. We will reduce our prices again – only for the holidays! Shipping stays free, so you can really only win.
If you are a client already or not, it doesn’t matter to us in one way:
We wish all of you happy holidays and a good start into 2017!
Your Kimonogeisha.com Team