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Our Team


Nancy McDonough - Founder and Owner - Endicott, NY
It all began in 1992, when Nancy arrived in Kyoto to teach English and train other ESL teachers. She soon fell in love with Japanese textiles and by the time she returned to Oregon in 1995, she had accumulated over 200. After that, there was no turning back -- what started out as a hobby business became full time after the first year on the internet in 2000. Each vintage kimono is unique, offering its own expression of Japanese life and culture. They are truly wearable art: "Kyoto Kimono prices are modest because we want to make kimono and Japanese textiles available to everyone. They were part of daily life in Japan, and we hope they can be part of your life, too." Nancy can be contacted directly at nancy@kyotokimono.com.

Jen Hoch - Assistant Manager
Jen started with us in 2008 doing fabric projects and now runs our Ebay store (KyotoKimonoFabrics), Etsy shop (Kyoto Kimono) and our social media presence. Jen's training is in architecture and design, and she works with mosaics and tiling as well. .... Jen can be reached at jen@kyotokimono.com.

Ellen Baxendale - Seamstress, Beading Artist - Endwell, NY
Ellen creates our custom kimono, hakama, and haori, as well as a new line of apparel made from our vintage fabrics. Ellen has her own business (sewing, alternations, jewelery and beading) which she runs from her home studio. She has two children and a lively household of four-footed friends: 6 dogs (5 are rescued greyhounds), two chinchillas, four gerbils and a guinea pig. Ellen can be contacted directly for any non-kimono sewing projects (she's so talented at anything with fabric and beads!) at ellensbaxendale@yahoo.com.

Cindy Crispell - Designer, Seamstress - Owego, NY
Cindy learned to sew at the age of ten and has been offering her seamstress services for over twenty years. She also has a degree in Human Services and has devoted much of her adult life to the medical field. Cindy joined the Kyoto Kimono team in 2008 and works from her home studio in Owego, NY. Cindy is a talented seamstress who applies her skill to creating our custom kimono, hakama, and haori. As a designer, Cindy helped create and refine both our Bridal Kimono line of wedding attire as well as the Japanique Boutique line of accessories and gifts. Cindy brings an experienced eye and a creative touch to our scarves, tote bags, pocket squares, and many other items. Cindy is available for private sewing projects, especially those using vintage kimono and obi fabrics, and can be contacted directly at ccrispell2@stny.rr.com.