Sunday, September 20, 2015

Seeking Perfect Part-time Momo Peep

Momo is a happy • lucky • lifestyle shop located in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. We are seeking new team members to help build the business and make our unique boutique and neighborhood a nationwide destination. 

1. Get familiar: Read through this blog, FB: MOMOseattle,  yelp: Momo in Seattle
2. Come to the shop and look around: 600 South Jackson Street in Japantown
3. Drop us an email with a paragraph or two about why you are the ideal next Momo Peep and what you can contribute to our shop and community, along with your résumé and three references.

The Ideal Momo Peep:
- Has a minimum of two years of retail/customer service experience
- Is comfortable working independently or as part of a team
- Learns quickly and is a self-starter without being a renegade
- Genuinely enjoys interacting with people, is positive and open
- Is adept with computers and POS system
- Familiar with the Chinatown/International District, and can act as concierge
- Must be flexible to work weekdays/weekends and holidays including weeks up to Christmas

The Job Description in Three Parts:
1. Customer Service
- Greet customers upon entry and support our sales approach of encouraging exploration in a relaxed atmosphere
- Engage the customer; ascertain interests and needs by listening
- Answer questions about the neighborhood and shop, share stories behind relevant merchandise
- Recommend selection based on input and assist in locating appropriate size, color, etc.
- Explain use and care of merchandise; demonstrate if necessary
- Assist customers in trying on or fitting clothing and/or accessories
- Bag or package purchases, and wrap gifts
- Establish first-name rapport, thanking customer for shopping

2. Computer & Clerical
- Open register and close/reconcile by counting money, separating charge slips, and balancing cash drawer
- Compute sales prices, total purchases and process cash or credit payments
- Understand and execute exchange/return policies
- Maintain knowledge of current sales and promotions
- Inspect, prepare and ticket merchandise to ready for purchase
- Receive product into POS, update pricing and reconcile discrepancies with suppliers
- Restock and inventory merchandise

3. Shop Keeping
- Attractively arrange and display merchandise to captivate customers and promote sales
- Maintain a pleasing ambiance with appropriate music, temperature and pleasant smell
- Clean and tidy public space of shelves, counter tops, tables; vacuum and mop floors
- Organize and maintain non-public areas of back stock and store supply storage
- Watch for and recognize security risks and thefts, know how to prevent or handle these situations

The Fine Print:
- Excellent verbal skills, Japanese, Chinese or Vietnamese speaker a plus
- Part-time: two to four days a week
- Pay DOE
- Employee discount, clothing stipend based on merit

Friday, September 18, 2015

Basque in Green Style

Bilbao, Spain, mid-’90s. A small clothing concern with a big concept launches its first line: eco-conscious and socially responsible tees made from organic and recycled materials. The company? Skunkfunk.

In classic Skunkfunk teal, the ‘Gaxi’ is reminiscent of Jackie O frocks. 
Now known globally for their intense focus on sustainability, Skunkfunk is one of the elite Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified clothing makers, meeting and exceeding the incredibly rigorous guidelines of the organization. Skunkfunk monitors their clothing production from start to finish – from farmers to weavers, manufacturers to shippers, with the aim of achieving 100% transparency to their consumers. 

Soft-as-a-cloud drawstring cowl-neck has playful neon details.
Not only is Skunkfunk a company you can feel good about supporting for environmental reasons, they are also creatively progressive. Each season they collaborate with different artists in a variety of fields, creating lines that are stylish and au courant. 

We are loving the Asian-inspired geometrics!

‘Rebecca’ raincoat is perfection. Water-resistant waxed cotton, secret hood that zips into a structured collar, adjustable back belt buttons, patch AND slash pockets, and a completely unique feature: interior elastic ‘backpack’ straps that let you sling your jacket across your back without fear of losing it!
Momo has received an abundant collection of Skunkfunk for fall, ranging from dresses with a retro-mod flair to Japanese-inspired skirts and cowl-neck tops — truly something to appeal to every taste. Plus, the European sizing runs smaller than US, perfect for our petite customers. Drop by Japantown for a trip to Spain!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chemical Wedding: A Marriage of Minds

If you’ve ever seen Chemical Wedding bags, you’ll recognize them forever. Momo has long been proud to be a purveyor of these extraordinarily distinctive creations.

Husband-and-wife team Tracy and Jon Haaland use only European and domestic leathers that have been meticulously hand-selected for both beauty and durability. In addition to these luxe leathers, found objects are often up-cycled and incorporated into their handbags — think motorcycle jackets and even deconstructed vintage brogues.

Our stunning collection.
Jon and Tracy hand-cut, assemble and stitch each and every piece that leaves their Seattle studio, making every bag a completely unique, collaborative work of art.

We think you would be hard-pressed to find a purse that is the equal of Chemical Wedding. The painstakingly precise craftsmanship, attention to detail and functionality alone would make them difficult to beat. Add to that the their elegantly edgy looks and you’ve got a perfect 10.

Gorgeous, textural leathers pair well with industrial-looking hardware.
Amazingly, this is hand-stitched.
Also, we are smitten with this faintly pearlescent plum leather. 
Momo has just received a beautifully curated collection. Come see these unforgettable handbags for yourself. We dare you not to fall in love with this marriage of form and function.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beyond Summer

Ah, linen. Woven into its flaxen fibers is the memory of sun-washed days, cool breezes and life without a wrinkle. Come summer’s end, many of us say goodbye to our linen garments, folding them away until spring springs again.

But there’s so much more to this ancient fabric that makes it wearable year ’round. In milder climates, such as Seattle, fashionable sorts look to linen for casual ease, durability and to add elegant and interesting texture to our layers of clothing. With its smooth, silken quality, linen resists stains, and is easy to clean. Anti-static and quick to warm up, it’s also ideal for days when the weather turns cold and dry. Plus, production of linen is sustainable, making it popular in this eco-chic Pacific Northwest.

A recent convert to living in linen, Momo Mama Lei Ann is tireless in her pursuit of unique, beautifully-crafted examples. And her treasure hunting has paid off in Lithuanian designer Blue Naive’s handmade-to-order simple-yet-flattering shift styles, stitched up in sumptuous linen. We’re especially tickled with the ever-practical deep front pockets featured on both of these new arrivals.

Luxurious linen “Little Summer Dress” direct from Lithuania.

“Deep Summer” linen half-sleeved shift. 
Come down and try one of these sweet frocks on — we’re sure that you will adore them as we do. And, we’ll share tips on how to utilize layering to wear them into fall and beyond ... making sure it is a long and happy love affair.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Good Fortune Sale Now in Session

Confucius say, wise person takes advantage of extra savings on sale clothing at Momo. Pick your item, then pick your cookie stuffed with an additional 10-30% off. Only you can determine your discount destiny. Here’s how it works:
  • Decide that you need to go home with a Sale item. 
  • Bring said Sale item to the counter. 
  • Pick a tasty, crunchy fortune cookie out of a jar and open it.
  • Inside is a special fortune giving you an ADDITIONAL 10% - 30% off of the sale price!
  • Eat cookie. Do not eat fortune
  • Go home happy.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Just in for the Momo Man

& Sons - updated classics.
New at Momo and in the United States: Toronto-based & Sons, a recently launched shirt maker, purveys timeless wardrobe staples. & Sons’ focus on updated classics will complement anyone's wardrobe. We love the fact that the fine fabrics are designed in-house and produced ethically in small scale mills and sewing facilities.

Lush, textural textiles.
A perennial favorite, Bench, was originally inspired by the skateboarding culture in Manchester, England. The brand has evolved to offer contemporary designs with broad appeal based on functionality and durability, still with a stylist nod to its origins in the streets. Bench outerwear offers the perfect weight and layer options for our NW Fall and Winter weather.

Bench ‘Cardio’ zip-thru layered over & Sons blue checker.

‘Residence’ jacket has four over-sized patch pockets and side slash pockets.
So gents (or discerning partners of gents) – get a jump-start on your Fall fashion with the newest arrivals at Momo. See you soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Season-spanning Kurti

Dolma kurti tunic in Orient Red with black accents. 
Derived from the Persian language, the word “kurta” (or kurti, when worn by women), means ‘a collarless shirt.’ Originally from India, the simple cotton top was always a staple garment of the country’s peasant class. But international designers caught on to the stylish comfort and flattering silhouette, creating kurti for movie stars and runway models, elevating the humble tunic to aspirational attire.

Today this classic has come to represent easy elegance — and in our opinion, ideal ‘transitional’ clothing. Floaty lightweight cotton is perfect for the remaining hot days of summer, while the loose fit and long sleeves make it an excellent piece for layering when the weather cools. Pair with lightweight cotton capris for the hot days, or a cami, jeans and an over-sized cozy cardigan for the coming chill of fall. 

At Momo, we offer a number of affordable kurti under $60: three from Dolma Handicrafts, hand-made, ethical and sustainable 100% cotton printed with bold, ethnic-flavored patterns. And one from New York’s Meg Cohen, also pure cotton, with a dramatic marbleized pattern in shades of navy, dark mauve and slate blue.

Detail of our Dolma Blue Leaf motif.
We love Dolma’s take on a traditional Japanese pattern.

Ever tasteful Meg Cohen's more subdued kurti.
Detail of the lush marbleized fabric.
Season-spanning clothing is an essential in Seattle, where spring flows into summer into fall, often gently and over a long period of time. Kurti tunics will add a touch of polish to your ‘Seattle practical’ wardrobe, starting today and well into tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inscrutable Eric Silva

Eric Silva defines the enigmatic artist. A dark-eyed man of few and softly spoken words, he reveals little of himself in conversation. This much he shared when last we met: he grew up in Southern California where his grandfather, a Mexican craftsman, taught him how to use his hands.

This much I know: in all my years of buying jewelry for Momo, Eric Silva remains one the most intriguing artists in the US. His work contrasts rustic with refined, the primitive with the pretty. 

Aside from sun-bleached bone, shed antler, and bits of wood, Eric reclaims sterling silver and brass, mixing it all up with rough-cut semi-precious stones. A master of movement, his pieces are minute, wearable sculptures.

In his Artist Statement, Eric ruminates, “My jewelry is about self-examination; revealing pieces of myself through artistic creations. I draw my inspiration from the often overlooked simplicity of beauty found in the ordinary.” Indeed, a case of action speaking louder than words.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sunny Sun Bonnets for Baby

Seattle is having an identity crisis this summer and has convinced itself that it's Arizona. Or Nevada. Or Mercury. In any case, this is definitely a year to protect your kiddo’s delicate face from harsh solar rays. Just in time: brand new baby bonnets from local designer Plastic Pony, maker of Momo’s sweet baby kimonos.

Made of adorable Japanese fabrics, the sun hats are 100% cotton, have an adjustable tie and are reversible to a bright white (most effective for reflecting the scorching sun). Available in two sizes: 3-9 months and 9-18 months. And at $20, they’re perfectly priced for a casual baby gift.

Tis the season for the outdoors. Whether you’re lounging at a bbq or catching some free summertime tunes at Volunteer Park, help keep the tots comfy and burn-free with a local, hand-made, super-kawaii cap.