Thursday, June 23, 2016

Peaceful Pride

If you’re participating in Pride this weekend, we wish you a joyous and uplifting celebration of the differences in the world. Enjoy, and share the love. xoxoxo Momo

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Glad for Dad

Dad, Pops, Old Man, Big Daddy ... Sir — no matter what you call your father, call your father! It’s Dad’s Day, Sunday, June 19. And to show him that you appreciate everything he does, give him a little love from Momo.

For the Dandy Dada, Lorenzo Uomo socks from Italy and hats from family-owned and run, New York Hat and Cap Company.

Since he’s partially responsible for your good looks, make him look good, too, with a passel of products from Billy Jealousy. Pappy will love the smooth shave, pleasant citrus aftershave, hydrating moisturizer and his beaming new countenance. And we’ve recently added shampoo and gel to the line up, so he’s well-coiffed, as well. 

And we’ve no shortage of shirts, long-sleeves and short. Give Baba the comfort of natural fabrics like cotton and linen, so cool for our warming Northwest weather.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads and a big Mahalo for being Momo men.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thank You, Alaska Airlines!

In Alaska Airline’s May inflight magazine, Momo is listed as one of 10 must-see shopping opportunities in the Puget Sound region. We’re so honored to be in such fine company as E. Smith Mercantile, Compass Rose, ExOfficio and other local luminaries. Here’s the link to the recent issue — check out “Shop Talk” on page 130. You can also find us on Facebook at MOMOseattle, or instagram at hellomomoseattle.

If you prefer a shorter route to more about Momo, come on in. We’re a select ‘hapa’ shop, where East meets West for a happy • lucky • life style located in the heart of Seattle’s historic Japantown:
600 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Monday - Saturday, 11:00 - 6:00
Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00

 Looking forward to saying hello!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Momo for Mom-O

Does Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th!) have you stupefied, stumped, and stymied? Are you itching for ideas? Soliciting suggestions? Hoping for hints? Momo can come to your Mom’s Day rescue!

Roses from author Toni Yuly’s yard. Thank you, Toni!
Sweet and Simple: colorful little vases from Middle Kingdom, made of fine porcelain. Just add water (and a flower or three). 

Uncomplicated Color: easy-to-wear pops of color from local jeweler Flora and Fawn. We appreciate that these cheery enamel necklaces go with anything.

Timeless Elegance: lustrous pink, peach or silvery-mauve freshwater Hawaiian pearls for the Mom who loves a classic look.

Aromatic Abode: Mixt candles come pre-wrapped in playfully patterned Tyvek. Our fragrances range from  freshly-mown grass to a rich, deep sandalwood.

Perhaps this post has your wheels turning ... and if you’re still feeling a bit flummoxed, come on down! We have lots of delightful gifty things — more thoughtful than expensive — that any mom would enjoy. And, as always, we will gift-wrap in our usual fun and creative way. Happy Mother’s Day to the queen of your household!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Momo Kodomo no hi with Toni Yuly

Time for a Cat Nap with Toni Yuly
Momo Kodomo no hi Story Time
Sunday, May 1 from 1:00 - 3:00

Come join in as our favorite children’s author/illustrator Toni Yuly visits Momo once again to share her book about an enthusiastic, kawaii kitten. Cat Nap is book number three for the former local librarian, who understands delighting and teaching the little ones through words and visuals. 

Toni’s first book, Early Bird, takes kids in and out and up and down, emphasizing action with an unexpected ending. 

 Night Owl, book number two, is a hoot and a half, with listening lessons about sounds in the night ... and ultimately a happy ending. Look for more fun to come from the talented artist.

Toni reads to a captivated audience at last year’s Momo Kodomo no hi.
In keeping with tradition, we’ll have homemade cookies and handcrafted kid’s clothing. Plus, nice Lexi Potter will be on hand to introduce the art of origami. Bring the kids and join the celebration!

While you’re in the neighborhood:
Japanese Cultural Community Center Kodomo no hi
Sunday, May 1
11:00 - 5:00 pm
1414 South Weller Street

Experience taiko drumming, dance, games, tea ceremony, food and more. For more information, visit JCCC’s website.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Going Green (or Pink or Blue ...) with Furoshiki

Furoshiki. A simple square of fabric. Uncomplicated yet boundlessly versatile and useful. How very Japanese! 

Furoshiki are used for an infinite number of things – bundling items, wrapping up food (it can work double-duty as your napkin), as a table cover, an elegant way to present a gift, as a head scarf or belt ... the utility of a furoshiki cannot be overstated. One of the things that makes us happiest, though, is the fact that they are so eco-friendly. Furoshiki are the antithesis of disposable or “single-use.” They are meant to be used until they wear out. 

Momo has just received an array of 100% cotton furoshiki from Tokyo. Engagingly graphic in design (we call them Scandinasian), they range from 20" to 40" square. Here’s a peek at more of our whimsical patterns and colors:

Plain or playfully patterned, monochrome or bright, small, medium or large – there is a perfect eco-chic accessory waiting for you. If you’re curious about the various ways to make use of yours, have a gander at this amazing tutorial page or watch this video — fun with furoshiki!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Shape of Spring: It’s All About the Box

This season, the quiet simplicity of the rectangle is squarely a winner. After too many rounds of handkerchief hems, boxy tops, tunics and dresses look fresh and new. Uncomplicated, ageless, elegant — not to forget versatile — we truly love the way spring is shaping up. Here’s a smattering of recent arrivals: 

Fresh from Los Angeles we have Me & Arrow. The black cropped top features Dolman sleeves and a flattering scoop-neck. The second top is slightly longer and boxier, with cuffed half-sleeves. The natural linen color plays well with others!

Made of organic hemp and cotton, this Prairie Underground top is delicately striped, soft as a feather and beautifully breathable. 

Another terrific Prairie Underground piece, this time a dress. With pockets! Available in a navy and white pinstripe.


Me & Arrow again with a  super soft slate/cadet blue tunic. With, you guessed it, pockets! We at Momo truly do love utility. 

So how best to wear the square? Pop a cropped top over a slip dress (one of our favorite secrets, ├╝ber comfortable and no showing/binding at the waist) or pair it with slim pants or jeans. The boxy dress makes a super backdrop for jewelry or a scarf, or if you desire more definition, add a belt. Done!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Your Good Fortune Continues!

We have Cop-Copine knit tunic in lush blue.

The Momo Good Fortune Sale is entering its second week! You can find deeply discounted, globe-spanning fashion, including (but not limited to!) these pieces from France, Denmark, Canada and the US:

From France, Cop-Copine’s “Madec” knit tunic – available in beautiful twilight blue.

The always-classic “Alveole” scarf from Saint James features shibori-style puckers and an “easy on, easy off” design. And, it’s on Good Fortune Sale in a variety of spring-ready shades.

Straight from Denmark is the “Siv” sweater by Just Female. With simple lines and a soft grey color, it plays well with anyone in your wardrobe.

Kamik rain boots are made in the most ethical, eco-friendly facility around. The company even asks that you return your boots when you’ve worn them out so that they can recycle them into new boots. We have them in black, cheery yellow and grey.

From less exotic locales (although some would debate that) check out this two-way zippered cardigan from Los Angeles' Damask. It’s reversible, too!

Our Momo Good Fortune Sale includes the gentlemen ... the Momo Man has many options too! Here are just a couple:

Also hailing from L.A., Z.A.K. produces well-tailored garments made from the finest textiles. We especially love the elbow patch details on the “Crawford” shirt:

 Bridge & Burn hails from Portland, OR. A small, independent company that focuses on style with a Northwest flavor, they often feature plaids or check patterns, like the one found on our “Franklin” shirt.

Come take advantage of 10% – 30% off of sale prices while you can .. cookies are crumbling fast!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Semi-Annual Good Fortune Sale is Here!

Starting Wednesday, February 24th good fortune smiles upon you with extra savings at Momo. How it works: take your pick of sale clothing for men or women, already marked 15% - 20% off. Then determine your additional discount by picking your fortune cookie, stuffed with savings of 10% - 30% more. Come in soon for the best selection. Sale continues until the last fortune cookie crumbles!

This year, the sale rack is looking extra enticing with many styles that you can wear now and into Seattles spring season. Here are some of the fabulous find you’ll discover if you come in soon:

“Roese” shirt from Skunkfunk.

Skunkfunk's “Aizkorri” skirt.

Sport-to-street zippered jacket by Bench.

Wool/cotton cardigan from Damask. 
The Good Fortune Sale isn’t just for the ladies. Momo Men can find some incredible deals, too. Just make sure you’re among the first to take your pick. As Confucius say, “Early bird is smart cookie at Momo Good Fortune Sale.”

WRK “Rowan” in blue gingham.

WRK “Esher” zip-through. We have navy and black.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Join Us for a Sip of Love

His ‘n’ Hers Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 10, 4:30 - 7:00
Momo in Japantown 

We’re pre-functioning for Valentine’s Day with an outpouring of love — and wine. Persuade your partner (or a thirsty pal) and pop in to Momo for a mid-week break and mini show of local talent. You’ll meet Grace Matsumoto, self-proclaimed jewelry geek of Tiny Fat Bird, and natty man Jay Jones, innovator of Stingy Styles Bow Ties. And just maybe, you’ll find a thoughtful gift to mark the day, hooray! We’re always willing to wrap.

The ‘His’: Jay Jones is the mastermind behind ingenious, easy-wear, one-size-fits-most Stingy Styles Bow Ties. He’ll demonstrate how to knot a dandy bow in the blink of an eye, smiling all the while. A personal stylist, he can also help you whip your wardrobe into shape.

The ‘Hers’: Grace Matsumoto saws, hammers and solders tiny pieces of silver, brass and sometimes gold, into fanciful jewelry. Take a few moments to chat and you’ll know that she loves her art and is always exploring new ideas.