Monday, January 9, 2017

What to Wear to the Apocalypse?

Happy New Year! For the first post of the year, I’m honored to turn the Momo blog over to guest writer and Momo Girl Leslie Haynes.

Leslie shows her stripes

Momo lovers, I am pissed. Royally. Proletariatly. I’m pissed that a man who brags about grabbing pussies will soon be the President of these United States. That’s why I’m grabbing mine and heading to the other Washington for the Women’s March to defend the rights of woman and the rights of other marginalized groups.

What’s a mother-loving fashion-activist to wear to this event? If nothing else, we PNWers know about layers. I’m pulling out my favorite Momo pieces. I’ve set aside a black Cop-copine top with metal snaps up one side. When I tried it on at the FLASH sale, I felt like a Warrior Princess. So that’s a must. My father, Sterling, gifted me a Momo certificate for Christmas, and I vowed to spend it on something extravagant. With the help of my buddy, Chris Higashi, and two Momo men, I decided on the Vintage Kimono wrap pants handmade in Kyoto. Sterling loves an extravagant gesture and a good story. Two birds, one pair of pants. I already adore the swish of the legs and know, from experience, that a pair of Tabbisocks underneath will help me keep warm in a storm and protect my lady parts. 

I just signed up for The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance to be held at my favorite eatery, Busboys and Poets. For that, the Azul pinstriped onesie is the ticket. It’s not really a onesie. It is an elegant jump suit. Think coveralls for the martini set. In it, I feel free and strong. The last time I visited this item at Momo, I hummed the first verse of Helen Reddy’s “I am woman, hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend. Cuz I’ve heard it all before, and I’ve been down there on the floor. No one’s ever going to keep me down again.” Ahem. Where was I? Ah, yes. Outfits. I’ll pair that with a dramatic Metalicus sweater that I bought years ago, when Momo was just a baby. It’s seen better days, but, hey, haven’t we all?! I’m going to pack the palazzo pants from Dress to Kill that I splurged on right before a big interview, with thanks to Lala for the advice and support. They hide a multitude of sins. I didn’t get the job, but — once again — the pants are the prize. Recycled cashmere fingerless gloves? Check. Girlband? Double check. Both matte and fuzzy versions. I’m still not quite sure how to wear them, but I know they keep my ears warm. All in stock now at Momo.

My palate is Seattle black and grays. But this time I’m adding a bit of hot pink, the better to go with my Pussy Hat. Do you know about the Pussy Hat Project? LA-based DIYers have mobilized knitters and enlisted yarn stores across the nation to make enough hats for all marchers. But Seattle is SOLD OUT. So I had to find a friend who knits. I put the call out. First up, Lala. She worked her network and directed me to Alicia at Churchmouse Yarns on Bainbridge Island. (Pussy Hat from a Churchmouse. Tee hee.) Alicia committed to making 12 hats. Numbers 1 to 11 were claimed. I was Lucky #12. She emailed me with mouse-like speed. “And before you ask ... I’m not charging for any of my hats. My payment will be to see people (including my dad!) wearing pink hats and marching in solidarity. That will make me happy and proud, and that's payment enough...” Didn’t she want some Apple Butter, my specialty? A home-cooked meal? Nope. She wants me to pay it forward. And I shall. Then Roz, a friend and forever educator in Portland, bit on a Facebook ask. “I can knit a scarf,” she said. “And the Pussy Hat pattern is basically a modified mini scarf.” She sent me a photo of her work in progress: from her hand to my head (and heart). 

Momo lovers, I am no longer pissed. Instead, I am basking in all this woman love. Go get yours. And then march!

Churchmouse knitter, Alicia

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Count the Days

Looking forward to a new year? Ready to say goodbye 2016, hello 2017? Look no further: the future is at Momo, with two thoughtful, artistic, locally hand-crafted calendars to meet your day-tracking needs. 

An annual favorite (for self and as gifts) are our Ilee Letterpress calendars, designed with 12 special letterpressed cards that tuck upright into a jewel case. In honor of the upcoming Year of the Rooster, artist Ja Teuber has hidden a tiny rooster on each page. 


New for Momo: a Bainbridge-based collaboration between collage artist Patty Rogers and award-winning poet John Willson. These banner calendars are limited edition, signed and numbered – a lovely gift for the artist or writer in your life.


A calendar makes a tasteful, practical gift for nearly anyone on your list. Not only is it a constant reminder that one is loved, at the end of the year, it goes away, leaving only the memory of happy days.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Anti-Big Box Shopping Fun • 11/25 + 26

One thing all of us can do to ‘make America great again’ is SHOP SMALL. Yes! So this year, Momo is joining forces with a BIG BUNCH of wee Seattle shops for a Black Friday and Small Business Saturday city-wide shopping spree and raffle. Totally free to enter, you’ll be eligible for discounts and raffle prizes like an iPad Air, a stay at the Ace Hotel, spa and restaurant gift certificates, and tons more fabulousness.

Little Boxes started with a tiny idea in Portland in 2011, this year, for the first time, it’s coming to Seattle. Be an early adopter — if you've got an iPhone or Android, download the Little Boxes app to navigate and play along digitally. Or, stop by Momo to pick up your official paper Passport. Full details are available at Little Boxes.

Here’s how it works:
- Download the Little Boxes app or use the paper passport
- Visit your first Little Boxes shop and enter the visit code (available at the shop)
- Make a full-price purchase, obtain your purchase code verification from shop
- Unlock 10% off at subsequent Little Boxes shops when you show your validation
- Gather more visit codes/purchase codes and better your chances of winning prizes

So, pop into Momo where we’ll have plenty of gift ideas, snacks and super jolly employees awaiting you. Then, cruise over to our participating neighbors in Pioneer Square: Clementines, Drygoods Design and E. Smith Mercantile. And, there are 80+ more boutiques across the city, so shop on. Little Boxes: It’s fun, it’s free, it’s fabulously feel good. Thank you for supporting small!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Eco-chic Michigan

Brand new to Momo: introducing Conscious Clothing!

Founded in 2003 by wife/husband team Rose and Doug Phillips, Conscious Clothing springs from a desire to create apparel that is ethically produced and environmentally friendly — and super cute, too. Made from sustainable organic fabrics, inks and water-based dyes, each garment is cut, sewn, washed, dyed, tagged, ironed and shipped from their small studio in Rockford, Michigan.

Momo loves the easy wearability of our capsule collection. We also love feeling good — inside and out — about this conscientious, mindfully-crafted clothing.

“Winter Nomad” is the epitome of comfort.
A snap funnel neck gives you multiple options and
the hemp/organic cotton blend is warm and soft. 

The “Backyard” tunic is crafted of finely woven organic linen —
which, in Seattle, we love year ’round. Throw on a toasty cardigan,
leggings and boots and you’re set. Plus it has POCKETS! 




The “Winter Snap” is also hemp/organic cotton.
Deep pockets, top-to-bottom snaps and a hood
make this fleecy layer as practical as it is pretty.  















Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Refueling the Soul

The blog will be back after a much needed caffé break. Ciao for now!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Salute to a Stylish Season

Sip and Shopportunity
Thursday, October 13 from 5:00 - 7:00
Momo @ 600 South Jackson Street
We love the clothing of fall — soft sweaters, fuzzy fleece and cozy coats — in Seattle’s favorite autumnal hues of black and light black. So, to celebrate, we’re popping Proseco and proclaiming it happy hour. Check out yummy cashmere blends from Krimson Klover, jackets from Three Stones, French Terry hoodies from ONS and rain-shedding Bench outerwear. Plus, get ahead of the game with holiday gifts. It’s a casual evening — drop by and say hello, we miss you!

PS: Afterward, stop into Kaname next door and say cheers
to Murray Stenson, Seattle’s Super Star Bartender.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Baby Bibs, Bowls + Beads

From the creator of our baby kimono comes a delightful new feeding-time accoutrement: the bib! Momo is delighted to introduce this sweet offering from local designer Plastic Pony. Made from kawaii Japanese cotton, it’s designed to stay put with an adjustable snap closure, so little Hector can’t yank it off during dinner.

Buddha was kind enough to model a bib for us.
We love the charming Japanese fabrics of our new bibs!













Speaking of meal time, look what just touched down for the table — adore-a-bowls.  The perfect size for rice (of course), morning cereal or evening ice cream. Adult supervision is advised if using these for baby as they are breakable!

Petite “Scandinasian” bowls.
Wee spoons by local glass artist Elles Beads. 
Every good bowl deserves a spoon ... Bon Appetit!




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Oh Canada!

Recent political tensions have many of us musing about crossing the border. At Momo, we’re one step ahead as we’ve made our way to Canada to seek style that Seattle has yet to experience. For Fall 2016, we are proud to present small batch clothing from our northern neighbors of Montreal.

What’s interesting about many of the garments from the City of Saints is the blend of Parisian influence with North American sensibility. To start, Body Bag from French-Canadian clothier, Jude Desjardins. Yes, odd name, and everything we love in quality clothing: unique design, delicious fabric, well-made construction, lasting and versatile style. And in the dresses — pockets!

Our second delightful capsule collection comes from emerging designer, Marigold by Marilyne Baril. This is her first season selling to shops, and we are so happy to have her fresh shapes and graphic patterns in our boutique. It reminds us of early Cop-copine.



Dots nice!
We know what you’re thinking ... “What? White for fall?” We say, goes with black! Just throw a big chunky sweater over it, pull on your knee boots and you’re on your way.


So, this is just a taste of what’s new for autumn. Come give us a visit and find out what else we’ve got in store for you. We’d love to see you!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Shirts You’ll Love, Far Beyond Fall

Today’s busy man wants go-to pieces in his closet that he can rely on to look good, wear well and convey style. Our goal at Momo is to find distinctive brands for men with the right combination of quality, craft and price. Two of our favorites are & Sons Garment Co. from Toronto and Bruun & Stengade of Copenhagen.

& Sons may become your favorite shirt maker. Why? By focusing only on crafting men’s shirts, & Sons produces a well-made garment with a casual elegance that you will want to wear every day. The quality starts with fabrics produced in small batches. The contemporary designs are anchored in a knowledge of classic tailoring, and executed with exact attention to detail.

Substantial fabrics




Subtle patterns


Easygoing style


Bruun & Stengade, a line from Copenhagen, offers shirts with continental style in both modern and slim fits. Long gone are the days when the starched white shirt was de rigueur business attire. Bruun & Stengade’s unique textures and sophisticated color palate looks sharp from the corridors of business to the weekend dinner party. These shirts pair well with jeans to blazers, offering smart versatility to any man’s wardrobe.


The sophisticated Danish micro design
We invite you to visit Momo and have a look at what's new for Fall.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Good Fortune is in Your Future

The Momo Good Fortune Sale-on-a-sale is here — our racks are full of wear-now or enjoy-later clothing and accessories, ripe for the plucking. So, how does it work?

• Peruse our sale items and make your selection from brands like Skunkfunk, Cop-copine, Prairie Underground, Diarte, Three Stones and more
• Spot the jar on the counter and carefully choose your cookie
• Open it up and beware — there are two pieces of paper, don’t eat your discount!
• Enjoy 10-30% off your already reduced merchandise

Sale goes until the last cookie crumbles, shop early for primo picks.