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Our Team


Nancy McDonough - Founder and Owner
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 Kyoto Kimono in 2008 doing fabric projects and now runs our Ebay store (KyotoKimonoFabrics), Etsy shop (Kyoto Kimono), creates our KimonoMania blog posts on Timblr, and generally runs the place when Nancy is travelling. 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.

Madeline Byrne
- Summer Intern, Social Media Marketing
Maddy started in June 2018 as a summer intern, bringing the much-needed youth perspective to our marketing projects. Her experience with Instagram, Facebook and other social media combined with her training in business management at Binghamton University is of great value to Kyoto Kimono. When she's not interning, she is managing a local pizza shop or developing her skill as a real estate agent. She's also perfect as a model for our new item photo shoots. She will no doubt be in demand when she graduates in 2019. Maddy can be reached at madeline@kyotokimono.com.

Cindy Crispell - Designer, Seamstress
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. As a designer, Cindy helped create and refine our 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.

Ellen Baxend
ale - Seamstress, Beading Artist
Ellen creates our custom kimono, hakama, and haori, as well as some of our Japanique Boutique designs - accessories and apparel made from our vintage kimono fabrics. Ellen has her own business (sewing, alternations, jewelry 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.