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Pre-Christmas update

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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 bepartof@kimonogeisha.com – 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.

Christmas-sale coming

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

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Kimono shop soft-opening!

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The time has finally come come:

Our kimono shop doors are finally open!

From this day on, November 20th 2016, we have opened the doors to our kimono shop to the public, after our invite-only phase has been successfully ended.

Invite only phase? Soft-opening?

A couple of weeks ago we started testing our kimono procurement and logistics with a few selected individuals all around the globe. First off, thanks to everyone who participated! These people were able to order basically for the price that it costs us to procure the kimono and accessories. We used this chance to test the quality of the kimono, our communication systems and all the logistics necessary to ship a kimono from Japan to you.

Now that all kimono have arrived at our first customers, we want to transition into the kimono shop soft-opening phase.

The first step of our soft-opening phase was a complete redesign of Kimonogeisha.com. We are not 100% done with the redesign, but that’s what a soft-opening is for. We are still on our way to our final design, but already want to give you the opportunity to order from our vetted suppliers and use our knowledge, to find the perfect kimono for you.

To give you an incentive to order during these interesting start-up times, we will waive all shipping fees until the end of our soft-opening phase!

Free shipping in the soft-opening phase!

That’s right. We will ship directly to your doorstep, wherever you are in this world. And all of this for free!

We will send using Japan Posts Express Delivery, which means you will receive within 2 weeks, after you order.

A kimono for Christmas?

We are opening our doors to make it possible for you to get a lovely kimono for yourself or a loved one, just in time for Christmas.

Start right here with your Christmas present hunt and take a look at our first collection: 16 absolutely stunning furisode kimono by HL アッシュ エル from the well known designer Henri-Luc Chapuis.

 

Kimonogeisha First 5 Furisode Kimono

 

 

 

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“Yui’s kitsuke world” kimono blog on Kimonogeisha.com

This is a new column of daily kimono life at KimonoGeisha.com.

I am Yui from Tokyo, Japan and I work as kimono dresser and kimono teacher.

I want many people to know about kimono, especially easy daily kimono life. That’s why I start this column.

A lot of people think kitsuke has a lot of rules and those rules make wearing kimono more complicated. That is true there are a lot of rules for kimono, but you do not have to follow the rules. It’s your choice to you follow all of the rules, pick few rules or you decide your rules for kimono. Of course if you start kimono and you do not follow the rules, sometimes people may force you to follow the rules. But you do not need to care. Do not forget about kimono is just a type of clothing, even though it is very beautiful and looks special. In this column, I will write about a lot of kind of kimono as daily clothes and kimono life styles. I hope people can find their own kimono style from my column.

Yui sensei blogs now

And if you want to learn how to wear Kimono by your self, I open Kimono wearing lessons at Tokyo. If you want to join the lesson, contact me: yui@kimonogeisha.com

Please free to ask about kimono, via email or in the comments.

 

If you now feel that you want to share your experiences in your own blog on Kimonogeisha.com as well, just send us an email to bepartof@kimonogeisha.com with information about yourself and your idea for a kimono blog.

Make sure to also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or just directly subscribe (see bottom left of this site) to this blog to not miss any news, showcases or events!

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Merry Christmas from Kimonogeisha.com with Christmas kimono ideas

Taking a short break for ourselves and therefore being a bit late, we still wish wanted to wish you Merry Christmas!

We are looking back to an eventful year for our small team of Kimonophiles, as we finally restarted Kimonogeisha again.

We hope you are having a wonderful relaxing time together with your family. Maybe you were even wearing a kimono for Christmas? If not, we might have a couple of Christmas kimono ideas for you:

christmas kimono 1Why not become the Christmas tree yourself in this kimono?

christmas kimono 2Or rather go for the “Santa’s little helper” Christmas kimono style.

Christmas ObiA Christmas obi, more than just appropriate for Christmas time.

Christmas kimono 4Ho! Ho! Ho! Where are my presents? Or just hand over this kimono plus obi!

Did you go to the Kimono Christmas Party around Tokyo Tower on December 19? If so, just send us an email with your review of the event to bepartof@kimonogeisha.com!

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Be part of Kimonogeisha.com!

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You have a kimono or Japan blog?

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You love wearing kimono and practice your kitsuke regularly?

Kitsuke is serious business!

You have been to a fashion show in Japan?

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You just want to share your experiences and pictures?

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Become part of Kimonogeisha.com!

We are now open for submissions from kimono fans from all over the world. You can get your name out there and draw eyes to your own blog/twitter/facebook-page, by sharing your stories, your knowledge, your pictures here on Kimonogeisha.com

Possibilities for participation are:

  • Become a kimono-scholar – Share your special knowledge here for everyone to see
  • Share your stories – Tell your favorite kimono related story, write a review about a kimono dressing class or show us your pictures from a fashion show in Japan
  • Want to be a filmstar or director – Do you have videos from kimono events? Do tell! And we will make sure that many people see them and know who made them
  • Be creative! – What’s your idea? We can discuss everything and we will find a way to share what you have to say!

Always included is, of course, mentioning YOU as author, together with a link and shoutout.

Contact us and send us your ideas to:
bepartof@kimonogeisha.com

Be part of the (soon ^_^) largest kimono portal out there!

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Added irotomesode and kurotomesode to our kimono style knowledge base

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We are still heavily expanding our knowledge base and now we have added two of the most important kimono styles:

 

1. The Irotomesode:

Two bright irotomesode

2. The Kurotomesode

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They are kind of the same style of kimono, with the main difference being that the kurotomesode has to be black (kuro = black = 黒) and the irotomesode can basically have any color. (iro = color = 色)

If you want to learn about them, click on their pictures, the links or visit our Kimono Styles section.

 

On another note, we have redone some of our knowledge base pages and especially our previous post about the difference between kimono and yukata. Go and check it out!

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Reopening of Kimonogeisha.com

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Here we are again, Japan and Kimono lovers, as well as Geishas in spe! We are finally reopening!

Kimonogeisha.com moved to its new webspace and we started the redesign, as well as adding new content, to become your favorite kimono portal in the web. Our goal is to provide you with all the basic information about kimonos, yukatas, geishas and Japan in general. If it’s just the question “What is a kimono?”, up to “What is the difference between a furisode kimono and a uchikake kimono?” – you will find all the answers here!

You will also be able to find the historical background, beginning from the Heian period, through Edo-times up to our modern day. The kimono style has developed through time and we will be your guide through this exciting history.

As kimono aren’t really “easy to put on” clothes, you will find kimono-wearing tutorial pictures and videos. Keep your eyes open for our kimono-related Japanese 101 lessons, or do you know what 着物 and 浴衣 mean? (Hint: Kimono and Yukata!) In the end of the day, we want you to learn something about Japan and it’s rich kimono fashion culture.

After the content is transfered, we will reopen our shop again, to provide you with wonderful handmade kimonos and handmade yukatas.  We already have several tailors waiting to show you their lovely patterns and designs, which range from classic to very modern. As always, our kimonos will be shipped directly from the tailors in Japan, so you get absolutely original and unique kimonos of the highest quality. Watch out for one time offers and unique patterns, which will only be available for one kimono.

Also make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter@kimonogeisha!

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With our contacts to the Japanese kimono-scene, we will supply you with current events and trends, so you stay up-to-date when it comes to kimono fashion.

Stay tuned and keep your obi tight!