Monday, October 21, 2019

No-Sweat Sweaters

’Tis the season! Fall is definitely upon us and it’s time to play the layering game. Here are a few of our favorite picks that make sweater style easy. 

The first, from Matinique. Founded in 1973 in Copenhagen, Matinique has been a go-to for comfortable and high-quality men’s clothing for over 40 years. Made from a hefty cotton (perfect for the guys who don’t get along with wool!), “Benny” features interesting details like a collar and a contrasting woven pocket. Zip it up over a turtleneck or tee and you’re chic in seconds. 


Another definite classic-to-count-on is our cotton crew neck Bruun & Stengade (also from Copenhagen!). Pop this one on over a button-down and under a jacket and you’re ready for the office or a night out. 

And of course, no sweater season would be complete without our perennial fave, the Raffi quarter-zip made of the softest merino wool. We have it in a rich Navy or as shown here, Iron Grey. No layering required with this one, but if you insist, it goes great over a mock turtle. This one makes a welcome holiday gift for nearly any man on your list. 

Can you tell we’re digging Scandinavian sweaters? A brand we’re loving for the ladies is Maska, a wee company from Sweden (owned by Maria, she’s super nice!). Their pieces are especially global: merino wool from Australian lambs is sent to spinners in Scotland. From there, the yarn is shipped to Sweden, where it is knit into incredibly warm and beautiful sweaters like the “Helga,” shown here in Teal and Black. And here is something we can never say enough: it has pockets!!!

Momo Mama personally likes hanging with “Helga,” wearing her over a turtleneck and paired with a short skirt and sweater tights, or slim pants. The thick, ribbed sweater can even sub for a jacket, she’s that cozy. And did we mention Pockets???

An elevated basic in black.

Our Maska “Nell” oversized pullover is a deliciously soft blend of lambswool and cashmere, so reassuring with a comfy cowl neck. We have this in creamy taupe and brick red. Wear her over anything and you’re ready to take on winter.

The shade of a perfect latte. 

The super simple and versatile “Mia” is a 90:10 blend of ultrafine wool and cashmere for maximum warmth with minimal bulk. Definitely an indoor weight, she can go over jeans, a sleek skirt, under a jacket and anywhere. “Mia” is all about the color — that perfect pine green, so sought after this season. 

And oui!, we love the French brand Cop-copine which always brings something fun and slightly quirky to the table. Three variations on a theme can be found at Momo: the fabulous sweater dress and color inversion sweaters, all featuring stripes! We love this one layered over leggings, and the shorter styles with high-waisted pants or the coordinating long skirt (ask us about that one).

She’s got sheer legs, so French. 

A pocket!!!

Winter white.

And did you know that cool colors are hot this fall? Glacier blue but warm as toast, the Cop-copine wool “Tuban” sweater features romantic curves. This is Momo Girl Kaitlin’s favorite, she’d wear it with wide pants. With the hi-lo hem, it would also be cute over a woven collared shirt for that borrowed-from-the-boys look. 

Whatever way you style yourself, we do our best to supply you with a fabulous sweater selection. It’s what we love about our Seattle seasons, popping on the layers and peeling them off!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Popping Up @ Momo: Inahara’s Pharmacy x Broadcast Coffee

Join us this Saturday for the launch of Momo Guy Justin’s first ever “Inahara’s Pharmacy” pop-up. A tribute to his grandparent’s former business, Seaton’s Pharmacy in Portland, the ephemeral shop will offer a curated mix of Japanese-influenced home items, accessories and work wear.

Popping up alongside Inahara’s Pharmacy will be Broadcast Coffee, where you can find Justin pulling a mean cup o’ joe when he’s not buzzing about for his social media business, Justin Taylor Images.

Both Inahara’s Pharmacy goods and Broadcast Coffee pour overs will be available for purchase. The shop will be up at Momo for about two weeks, with Justin randomly refreshing his collection, so stop by soon and stop by often. See you at Inahara’s Pharmacy!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Reminder! Local Trove Autumn Trunk Show

Join us and meet a trio of talented local lovelies — Sherry Koyama of Harumi K, Angela Muhlnickel of Little Teal Jewelry and Ursa Curatolo with her Italian handbags — as well as partake of sips and shopping. Plus, we'll have the Temptress of Tarot on hand, Zaara KittenChops Nekoyama sharing her wisdom. 

Local Trove Autumn Trunk Show + Momo Girl Party
Thursday, September 26
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
At Momo, yes please! 600 S Jackson

And we’ve been busy as bees receiving loads of new fall clothing for women: Me & Arrow, Two Danes, Cop-copine, Prairie Underground and Zuri ... and men: &Sons, Raffi, National Standards, Stitch Note, Bruun & Stengade and Matinique. Our racks are full, and fun!

Also, we’re holding a handbag drive for Dress for Success SeattleDonate your gently used, work appropriate bag (medium/large size) and receive 10% off your Momo purchase of women’s clothing and select accessories. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Harumi K : Love

Harumi K designer Sherry!

Meet Momo newcomer Harumi K aka Sherry Koyama. Harumi K clothing was borne from Sherry’s desire to create garments that are versatile, comfortable and low-maintenance. Featuring modern lines and textural fabrics (which are made with American grown cotton!), Harumi K pieces are flattering and easy-to-wear — and don’t we love that? Bonus: they transition beautifully from work to play, as well as from season to season, a major plus in our somewhat-fair-weather city!

Sherry will be one of the trio of designers we’re hosting during next week’s trunk show. Also joining the fun are local jeweler Angela Muhlnickel of Little Teal, and Ursa Caratolo, curator of stylish Italian handbags. They’re happy to share a few tips for transitioning into fall. Here are the deets:

Local Trove Trunkshow at Momo
Thursday, September 26
5:00 - 7:00 
Sip, snacks and shopping

We’ll also be holding a handbag drive for Dress for Success Seattle; donate your gently used bag (medium/large size, work appropriate) and receive 10% off your Momo purchase of women’s clothing and select accessories.

Cream and black tee dress : we love pockets!

Add some color with classic crimson.

Styles for every body. 

September 26th, 5-7, come join the fun!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

We ❤️ Little Teal

Hooray! Our favorite Seattle jewelry designer, Angela Muhlnickel aka Little Teal, will be one of the talented triad joining us for our Local Trove Trunk Show. We’ll also welcome Sherry Koyama of Harumi K and Ursa Caratolo, purveyor of lux Italian leather bags.

Local Trove Trunkshow at Momo
Thursday, September 26
5:00 - 7:00 
Sip, snacks and shopping

A Pacific Northwest native, Angela has always been drawn to the beauty of the natural world. Combining a love of making/crafting and a lifelong obsession with rocks (she started her first rock collection — complete with padded glass case and labels — at the age of 8 or 9), she began Little Teal in 2016 as a way to marry the two passions. 

Little Teal jewelry is minimalist in style, featuring simple sterling silver settings where the stones are the focal point of each unique piece. Angela feels that jewelry should be versatile and easy to wear — as well as making the wearer feel beautiful, inside and out. Lucky for us, this local treasure is also available at Momo year ’round.

Mystical moonstone with a cast sterling twig band
Luminous labradorite pendant
Garnet set in oxidized silver. 

Next week: Harumi K!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Good Buy Summer, Hello Fall!

By popular demand, the Good Fortune Sale continues. On our Sale-on-a-Sale rack, you’ll still find many prime picks to help you enjoy the last rays of summer and go gracefully into fall. This transitional time can be tricky, with cooler mornings and evenings sandwiching sweltering daylight hours. The style solution? As always, LAYER! For example, pair this comfy almond-hued Me & Arrow tank midi with a gunmetal Bridge & Burn denim-inspired jacket. Both on sale, of course.

Lighter neutrals effortlessly connect the seasons. Wear this pale grey work shirt from Two Danes as a breezy jacket at the start of September and pop it over a charcoal turtleneck in December. And the super-smart Carleen dress is a workhorse, too. The weighty white cotton will keep you warm and brighten your winter wardrobe. And yes, all are on sale now.

For the frill seekers, our sale rack offers a few options. Among them, an easy Caara dress-up dress. Navy is the new blue, sophisticated, stylish and not-too somber. And for members of the Cop-copine cult, there are more than a couple markdowns for you, too. Archival pieces from the collection that never goes out of style. Come in and see for yourself.

And in with the NEW: speaking of that inimitable French brand, here’s an excellent way to say, “Bonjour automne!” Cop-copine’s fluttery moth-print dress is fresh for Fall in a subtle shade of blued grey. Instant gratification for the waning warm days, cute and oh-so-easy for cool days to come, cozied in a cardigan.  
Just a few more glimpses of the future ... new is Nettle, a lovely linen line from San Francisco. Shown here paired with an Icelandic sweater skirt to hug your beautiful bum bum. 

And lastly, look for more from our new best friend, local girl Harumi K. Her knit tops, skirts and dresses are a dream to wear, year ’round. Meet the designer, Sherry Kojima, during our upcoming trunk show. 

Autumn Trunk Show
Thursday, September 26
5:00 - 7:00 pm
At Momo, yes please!

Celebrate the season with Harumi K - Contemporary Womenswear, hand-hewn sterling and stone jewelry from Little Teal and Italian leather handbags from stylist Ursa Curatolo. Let us help you fashion a new look as we transition into fall. Join us for light refreshments and good vibes and support local, small businesses!

We’ll also be holding a handbag drive for Dress for Success Seattle; donate your gently used bag (medium/large size, work appropriate) and receive 10% off your Momo purchase of women’s clothing and select accessories.

We love Little Teal!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Return of the Good Fortune Sale

An auspicious day is upon you! The Momo Good Fortune Sale starts at noon tomorrow, Thursday, August 22. What does that mean, grasshopper? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out. 

It works like this:
> Peruse our SALE rack of already marked-down treasures
> Pick the perfect garment, accessory, jewelry — whatever you find with a red sale tag
> Choose a fortune cookie stuffed with an ADDITIONAL 10-30% OFF! Only you can determine your discount destiny
> Receive savings on savings, woo hoo!
> Leave feeling stylish and fulfilled for being such a smart cookie

Our semi-annual sale runs for give-or-take two weeks, ending about Labor Day-ish. And new items are randomly marked down and put on the Good Fortune Rack, so visit often! And we encourage you to shop carefully and lovingly, as all sales are final. See you at the sale!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Japantown is Jumping! Saturday, August 17th

If you’re a fan of Japanese culture, this Saturday is for you as Seattle’s Nihonmachi presents a Super Sale and our annual summer block party, Hai! Japantown. 

First up: the All Things Japanese Sale. If you love Japanese art, collectibles, antiques (and more!) this is the opportunity for you. Hosted by the Japanese Cultural Community Center, income generated from the sale will go towards supporting the JCCC mission of preserving and promoting Japanese culture.

All Things Japanese Sale
Japanese Cultural Community Center
Saturday, August 17 from 10:00 - 4:00
1414 South Weller Street

The event is free, but if you want a sneak peek, there is a pay-for-preview sale on August 16th: $20 for members, $30 for non-members is you register online before August 12th. Admission goes up $10 after that date so sign up today!

Then the fun really heats up with Hai! Japantown, a neighborhood-wide event that provides an opportunity to experience a vast array of Japanese cultural activities ranging from paper lantern painting to live music and storytelling. 

Hai! Japantown
Saturday, August 17 from 3:00 - 7:00
Japantown Seattle

Here’s the Hai! lowdown for Momo so you can come visit us specifically ... you’re our friend so we’re sharing first:

Kokoro’s Kid’s Korner with Toni Yuly

3:00 – 5:00 pm
600 S Jackson St 
Lovable local librarian turned children’s book artist/author Toni Yuly, teaches the craft of torn tissue art in this make-your-own event. She’ll also share her beloved board books, as well as her latest creations “Thank You, Bees” and “The Whole Wide World and Me.”

Momo Haiku You and Limited Lucky Bags
3:00 – 7:00 pm
600 S Jackson St 
Please the poet within you, as you’re challenged to arrange our fun Haikubes into eloquent haiku. Post your piece on Facebook and we’ll vote for the next Momo Haiku Laureate.  While you’re in the shop, check out our Fukubukuro Mystery Bags filled with goodies, limited quantities available for $5 or $10, cash please. 

And there’s more fun, take a peek at everything else that’s going on in the ’hood:

DaDaDa Gallery Summer Surplus Sale
Noon – 6:00 pm
513 S Main St
Save 40% - 80% off the original price of past season and overstock items for men and women from Maiden Noir and Blk Pine Workshop. Check DaDaDa Gallery’s Facebook for more details as the event nears. 

BONFIRE Gallery: “Magic Box”
Noon – 7:00 pm
605 S Main St
A collaborative installation of painting and poetry by David Thornbrugh, Joan Laage, and Katrina Wolfe

KOBO at Higo Mako & Munjuru Okinawa Ensemble
3:00 – 4:00 pm
602 S Jackson St
Wearing beautifully tailored kimonos, Mako & Munjuru spread Okinawan music through playing traditional instruments, the sanshin and taiko. These songs not only preserve the sound of Okinawan music, they also share stories of love, family and heritage. According to Mako, playing the music of her ancestors helps her feel a connection to her roots and the people who have come before her. 

KOBO at Higo Kid’s Corner: Japantown Style
Yo-Yo Water Balloon Fishing Game and Art Activities
3:00 – 5:00 pm
604 S Jackson St
Join local artists and try your hand at a number of traditional games and crafts. Win a prize during Yo-Yo Fishing, a favorite summer fest game where you fish for floating balloons with a paper string. 

Honoring Amy Nikaitani in Nihonmachi Alley
3:00 – 5:00 pm - Exhibit at KOBO at Higo
5:00 – Brief Presentation in Nihonmachi Alley
Between 6th Ave S and Maynard Ave S on the north side of S Jackson St
Last year’s celebration unveiled the Japantown murals by Amy Nikaitani. This year will honor her memory, as the local Japanese American artist passed away in the spring. Daughter Tamiko of Arizona will represent the family. An edited display of her works will be on view at KOBO at Higo.

Chill in Chiyo’s Garden Party
3:00 – 7:00 pm
In alley on north side of S Jackson St, between 6
th Ave S and Maynard Ave S
Kaname Izakaya presents an outdoor summer 21+ lounge with DJ Maile Lono (aka DJ Maui NKO) from KBCS and live music from the upbeat, Jawaiian inspired group, Island Bound. Sit under the skies and relax in this special space as you enjoy tunes and light bites, beer and sake as well as other ongoing experiences and events, including:
  • The Wing Marketplace and other local vendors
  • The starting point of “Suitcases Project” Butoh dancing (details below)
  • Artwork and acknowledgment of community artist Erin Shigaki 
  • Arrangements of NW Ikebana Club, presented by DaDaDa Gallery 
  • Art activity with Erin Shigaki and Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
  • Nashi (Japanese pear) picking, right from the tree, plus we’re cooking up a pot of nashi-sauce on the spot
Kobe Terrace Paper Lantern Painting
3:00 – 7:00 pm
In front of Kaname, 610 S Jackson St
Embellish a paper lantern with your own inspiration, guided by our friends from Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda). When we’ve gathered enough, we’ll hike up to Kobe Terrace Stone Lantern at 6:30pm to hang them amidst the trees. 

KOBO at Higo Wear Your Summer Yukata!
3:00 – 7:00 pm
602 S Jackson St
Come down and wear your favorite Yukata and Obi and celebrate Hai! Japantown. We’ll have helpers standing by to help dress you at KOBO at Higo.

Trichome’s “High! Japantown!”
3:00 – 7:00 pm
618 S Jackson St
The legalized lifestyle boutique mixes up caffeine and CBDwith music to sip by in this 21+ event.

KOBO at Higo Storytelling
4:00 pm
602 S Jackson St
Gather ’round for traditional Japanese folk tales with Yumiko Sorenson. 

Japanese American Remembrance Trail Tour 
4:00 pm | 60 - 90 minutes
Starts in Nihonmachi Alley on north side of S Jackson St, between 6th Ave S and Maynard Ave S
The Wing Luke Museum, partnered with the National Park Service, hosts an educational urban hike through the original Japantown, starting at Nihonmachi Alley and Chiyo’s Garden. Comfortable walking shoes are advised. Limited space available; registration required. For more information, visit 

Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee: “Ménage a Trois in Dream Time”
4:00, 5:00 & 6:00 pm | 30 - 40 minute performances 
605 S Main St
The historic photos of the Panama come alive with this dramatic reenactment created by Butoh artists Aoi Lee, Alan Sutherland and Shoko Zama, accompanied by local musician, Paul Kikuchi. Dressed in the heyday of 1930’s Japantown, the ghosts from the past emerge from the black and white pictures to dance with antique clocks and memories, against a musical backdrop. 

BONFIRE Gallery Presents “Suitcases Project”
4:30 pm
Starts in Chiyo’s Garden in alley on north side of S Jackson St, between 6th Ave S and Maynard Ave S
Six Butoh dancers, lead by Seattle-based director Joan Laage, present a moving piece reflecting the 1942 walk to King Street Station, literally moving through the streets of modern-day Nihonmachi. Inspired by the relocation of countless Japanese citizens during World War II and performed by Joan Laage, Camille Hildebrandt, David Noble, Kaoru Okumura, Stephen Passero and Helen Thorsen. 

Pioneer Barber x Vera Project: Emma Lee Toyoda
5:00 & 6:00 pm 
314 6th Ave S
Support for life’s challenges is the mission of indie artist Emma Lee Toyoda. Feel the love while you listen to their music in the cool comfort of this old-style barbershop.

Live Music from Island Bound
5:30 – 6:00 pm and 6:30 – 7:00 pmChiyo’s Garden in alley on north side of S Jackson St, between 6th Ave S and Maynard Ave S Transport yourself to sunshine and sandy beaches with the Hawaiian Island reggae of Island Bound. 

Summer Cinema with SAAFF Entertainment and Screening of “Mirai”
7:30 pm
Hing Hay Park at 6th Ave S and S King St 
Taiko drummers, a magician/hypnotist, and Seattle Asian Art Museum activities take center stage, followed by a recent Japanese animated film written/directed by Mamoru Hosoda and produced by Studio Chizu. A young boy encounters a magical garden enabling him to time travel and meet relatives from different eras, guided by his younger sister from the future. Film starts at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm). 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Shades for Seattle Rainshine

Eyebobs sunglasses and readers have a cult following, and with good reason: their hand-finished, optical quality frames make them comparable to “designer” eyewear at a significantly better price. Momo owners Lei Ann and Tom own multiple pairs fitted with their prescriptions.  

While the summer sun has been somewhat lacking this year, we’re confident it will eventually break through. In anticipation of those bright days, Momo scored a batch of Eyebobs sunglasses at a special promo deal, giving you an opportunity to pick up a pair at an amazing price.

Here’s a sample of the sunglasses styles we have on hand:

Need a little visual boost? Eyebobs readers are fun and fashionable, and come in a selection of diopters. We are more than happy to special-order any of the frames we offer in the diopters strength you need. Check out our styles of readers below, and drop into Momo for your next pair of distinctive eyewear.  

As a bonus, your purchases support a company that has it eyes on the future giving back via its philanthropic partnerships, funding cancer research, homelessness solutions and scholarship programs.