We are a small, web-based business offering authentic, vintage Japanese kimono wearables as well as apparel, accessories, and display items created from these textiles. We also offer bundles of salvaged kimono fabrics for artisans and crafters.
We take great care in the handling of these cultural treasures; we have great respect for the generations of artisans that brought them into the world; and we are happy to offer them to those who would like to add a bit of "Japanique" into their wardrobe, home decor, or arts and craft work.
One-of-a-kind vintage Japanese garments (kimono, haori, obi, and other unique wearables), fabric (shibori, yuzen, ikat, and more), and collectibles come to us from the temple markets and auction houses of Kyoto, Japan. From elegant wedding kimono and bridal party attire to unusual collectibles to the occasional antique boro, our inventory of original, imported textiles changes almost daily.
In our Japanique Boutique, you'll find modified kimono jackets and robes, Asian-accent décor items, jewelry, purses, pocket squares, and other wardrobe accessories - each created or up-cycled from vintage kimono or obi fabrics
We also offer general information, videos, and resource links about kimono, Kyoto, and Japan in our blog: KimonoMania. Whether you're here to shop for a kimono or just to learn more about vintage Japanese textiles, we hope you find what you're looking for at Kyoto Kimono. Feel free to chat with us, email Nancy (the owner) or call us M-F, 9-5 EST (607.765.3960).
Nancy McDonough - Founder and Owner
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 the US 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
Each vintage kimono is unique, offering its own expression of Japanese
life and culture. They are truly wearable art. Nancy can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jen Hoch - Assistant Manager
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Crispell - Designer, Seamstress
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
Ellen Baxendale - 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 email@example.com.