Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chow + Fun: Saturday & Sunday, July 12 & 13


Saturday, July 12 from Noon - 8:00 pm
Jackson St. Sidewalk Sale 11:00 am - Close
Night Market 8:00 pm - Midnight
Sunday, July 13 from Noon - 6:00 pm

No hamburgers at this street fair — what you’re sure to find is delicious Asian food and family-friendly festivities. Come down to the District and be a part of the excitement on the street including:
 - Dragon and Lion dances
 - Japanese Taiko drumming
 - Martial Arts demonstrations
 - Chinese Girls Drill Team
 - International booths selling interesting stuff
 - Geek chic anime contest
 - And of course, the infamous $2 Food Walk
Plus, on Saturday, Japantown will be holding a Sidewalk Sale on South Jackson Street with goodies and bargains galore.

Then, on Saturday, when the lights get low, the Night Market will run until midnight, complete with:
 - Food trucks
 - More booths with more interesting stuff
 - An all-ages dance party
 - And for the thirsty, a beer garden

There’s more fun in the sun on Sunday. Check out the details at the spiffy new website: Don’t be draggin’ or you’ll miss out — see you at Dragon Fest!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Double Duty : Accessory and Art

Whidbey Islander Nan Leaman is the creator of stunning, one-of-a-kind textiles. If Rorschach had colorful dreams filled with gently repetitive shapes culled from nature, his tests might have resembled the gorgeous scarves that Nan recently delivered to Momo.

What began as an interest in textiles as a youngster evolved into a passion for the entire process — one that led to weaving and hand spinning her own wool, eventually from her own sheep! And although she no longer weaves and spins, she still maintains a flock of over 100 Old English longwool sheep.

For warmer weather, Nan switches to silk, utilizing various techniques to achieve a wide array of exotic patterns. All of her silk starts out white, a blank canvas to which she applies design and color with beautiful results.

Elegant pole-wrapped silk scarf.

Shibori, a Japanese term for a number of methods of resist-dyeing cloth, is one of Nan’s favorite techniques. Pole wrapping, an example of shibori, involves wrapping cloth around a rod or a rope prior to applying the dye. The results are almost tie-dye like, with a striping pattern.

Clamping and dyeing is another type of shibori, one which lends itself to a more geometric pattern — often circles or starbursts.

Clamping and dyeing can create circles ...
... or coffee beans!

Another approach to Nan’s art is the more organic deconstructed silk screen printing. Ever the adorable textile geek, Nan describes the rather involved procedure: “I mix dyes with sodium alginate thickener ...which I then paint right on to the silk screen. I add texture, such as string, wallpaper scraps, rubber gloves and other found items. I let the thickened dye dry on the screen. When dry, clear sodium alginate is squeegeed onto the screen to release the dye into the cloth.” From there, she steams the piece to set the color, washes it and voila! Her science project is ready to adorn the lucky wearer.

We love the vibrant and organic silk screen print. 

Nan’s enthusiasm for fiber arts is both inspirational and contagious. The next time you’re in Chinatown/International District, pop in to Momo and check out her work, we’ll have it through the summer. Perhaps you, too, will feel inspired ... and find yourself researching breeds of sheep (or silkworms)!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dear Daddy

Thank you for all the lessons you’ve taught with me through the years. Like how to work hard and earn my stripes. 

And to posses resilient character and strong
moral fiber.

Yet retain the ability to be empathetic and not afraid
to show my softer side.

And for sharing me with the keys to success: humor, humility,
and true love and respect for others.

You’re the best Daddy a Momo Girl
could ever wish for. Happy Father’s Day.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Out + About: Vif Wine/Coffee and Kanso Aprons

Lauren Feldman and Shawn Mead, owners of Vif Wine/Coffee
Bright. Lively. Spirited. Warm. These translations of the French word ‘Vif’ aptly describe the environment and owners of the so-named Fremont wine shop/café, opened last July. When Lauren Feldman and Shawn Mead received Momo Kanso aprons as gifts, little did they realize that the Japanese-style, no-tie bibs would become their daily uniform. According to Shawn, the comfort factor is high because “it disperses the weight across your shoulders instead of tying at the neck.” Adds Lauren, “and who doesn't love wearing a dress with their pants?”

The two first met while working at the now legendary Campagne — Lauren as the Pastry Chef and Shawn as wine director — crossing career paths many times before teaming up to open Vif. Together, they transformed a tired Herfy’s Burger and Teriyaki joint into the casual, comfortable atmosphere that reflects the refinement of their experience.

Specialty coffee from Olympia Coffee Company

Pastries are baked fresh daily, mmmmm

Neighborhood types stop in for homemade pastries and coffee-to-go, or linger over a morning entrée (Mr. Momo loved his salmon tartine, accented with shaved fennel), steamy bowl of soup, or after-work snacks accompanied by well-chosen wine, by the glass or bottle.

Take home a bottle of wine from a natural, hand-picked selection
You’ll find Lauren and Shawn wearing their Kanso aprons at Vif Wine/Coffee located at 4401 Fremont Avenue North, 206.557.7357, vifseattlecom. And you too can dress like the pros in your own Kanso apron, handmade by a bona-fide Japanese mom, available at Momo for $64.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Closed on this Day of Remembrance

To all of our heroes who make this country a better place to live, work, love — we thank you. And in honor of your efforts, we pause to rest. We will be back on Tuesday, until then, enjoy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Timelessly Chic Saint James

Old-school Saint James! 
Saint James clothing was established in Lower Normandy in 1889. Most classically known as the original Breton seaman’s sweater, Saint James’ stripes are now an iconic part of the fashion world, gracing figures around the globe.

100% densely-knit cotton, our genuine Saint James shirts are both stylishly and physically enduring. They’re also perfect for this time of year: an ideal transition piece for those days when the temperature fluctuates dramatically.

We have them on hand in smaller sizes suitable for persons of petite persuasion, or the more generous ‘unisex’ cut. And these striped shirts are incredibly versatile — for women, we suggest dressing them up with pearls and a skirt, or down with a pair of capris. Men can wear them for work to weekend, simply by swapping out khakis for jeans.

Momo has red and white stripes ...
... and blue and white!

The eternally beautiful and elegant Audrey Hepburn sporting her Saint James. 
Quintessential Picasso to sexy Brigitte Bardot.  
James Dean looking sultry in his Saint James. 
Today, sailor stripes may be trendy, but at Momo, we’ve chatted with customers who have owned their Saint James shirts for decades and still love them after all these years. You can recognize a person wearing an authentic Saint James — it speaks without words.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Continuing Love Affair

We at Momo have spoken often and at length about beautiful, durable, wearable and timeless linen. We love linen. We love linen year-round. We love linen housewares, linen clothing, linen accessories. One of Momo’s favorite sources is Fog Linen Work from Tokyo.

Disappointed by a lack of affordable everyday linens in Japan, designer Yumiko Sekine set out to find a quality manufacturer. Yumiko settled on producers in Lithuania, where her work is now made from some of the finest flax fibers in the world. Thus was born Fog Linen Work.

Momo has received quite an assortment of FLW goods, ranging from whimsical and decorative bunting, to practical aprons, table linens, bags and totes to elegant clothing.

Take a gander at a small sample of our latest shipment!

An adjustable neckline adds amazing versatility.
Detail of the adjustable neckline. 

Drawstring wide-leg pants paired with a sweet top. Comfortable and classic. 

Same summer dress, in turquoise. 
Perfect summer dress!

We love cross aprons! Simply slip over your head, no ties involved.
Perfect for chefs, artists and craftspeople.

Tea towels you’ll have forever.

Celebrate with linen bunting! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Momo Loves Moms

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and at Momo, we’re here to help you let Mom know you appreciate her. Every little thing we carry is imbued with affection — and remember, we’re always happy to wrap!

Sterling silver necklace by Sarah Park.

Hugs and kisses from Shelli Markee and Tiny Fat Bird.

Circles of love from Flora and Fawn.

Happy Sou Sou scarves from Japan come in their own
sweet cotton drawstring bag. 
And, nothing says “I love you” like a practical pocket pen.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Momo Moms out there. Thank you for all that you do.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Come Celebrate Children’s Day at Momo!

Save the date: Sunday May 4th from 1 – 4 Momo will be celebrating Kodomo no Hi or Japanese Children’s Day with local author Toni Yuly and kids’ clothing designer Helen Shor-Wong of Growing Marigolds.

Toni, a Seattle native and local librarian, will be here to sign her delightful new book Early Bird (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan). Early Bird is a tale about an early-rising bird and her morning adventures searching for breakfast. Full of sweet, colorful illustrations (Toni studied painting with the famed Jacob Lawrence) this is a terrific book for wee ones and older ones alike.

Good morning!
Teaming up with Toni will be Helen, creative mastermind behind Growing Marigolds. Helen’s children's clothing is made from grown-up fabrics for tiny tots. Repurposed and local (hand-made in Columbia City), these teeny togs are not only supremely cute, they are socially responsible.

Loving attention to detail. 
Come say “hi’ to these lovely local artists while enjoying homemade cookies and milk this Sunday!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Short Sleeve Shirt Season (Soon!)

April showers are nearing an end, washing away the memories of chilly winter weather. Thoughts of summer aren’t far behind — nor are thoughts of updating your summer wardrobe. Today, for the Momo Gents: short sleeve shirts galore!
Kahala Hawaiian shirts, available in three colors!
These Hawaiian print shirts from Kahala fill us with happy anticipation of backyard barbeques and frosty drinks sporting tiny umbrellas. Kahala, a Hawaiian clothing company founded in 1936, prides itself on durability (while maintaing a healthy sense of playfulness). They use pigment dyes and enzyme washes on their shirts, giving them a soft, broken-in look and feel.

The “Nuku Hiva” pattern.
“Tapa” pattern.
For the Momo Man who is seeking a less tropical look, we have a selection of shirts from New York’s WRK. Tailored for a slimmer fit, the WRK shirts work really well for layering — invaluable during our mercurial spring weather.

Tailored short sleeve shirts from WRK.

Retro Polynesian print on sunflower yellow = summer.
Blue and white plaid is a long-standing classic.
Love love love the Swiss dot texture of this shirt!
 Drop by and let our Momo Hula Girl inspire your summer update!

“Aloha kau wela!”