Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Layers for Life

It’s getting to be that ‘what to wear today?’ time again, when warm days are sandwiched between cool mornings and evenings. The answer — Vigorella. Yes, strange name, but we only pick ’em for what they do and that is layer like nobody’s business. 

Momo is one of the only boutiques in the US that carries Vigorella, an Australian brand — MADE IN AUSTRALIA. “Layers For Life” is their catchphrase and indeed, it’s perfect for this transitional season. With low-to-no maintenance, it’s ideal for travel. Versatile, fluid, soft, comfortable and über-stretchy, one-size fits both the figure and lifestyle of most. 

Come try on a garment ... or two ... or three ... and feel for yourself. We think you’ll love it as much as we do (and you won’t even mind the name)!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Put it in Writing

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anaïs Nin

And for a place to save your thoughts, new to Momo are ‘Scandinasian’ journals from PIE Stationery of Japan.

The focus is on modern design based on Japanese tradition. Graphic illustrator Yurio Seki’s playful journals interpret Swedish style through a Japanese lens while Sou Sou’s iconic random pattern is the Kyoto kimono company’s take on western culture. Both reflect a dedication to quality, with saddle-stitched bindings, textured covers and thick cream-colored pages.

Scandinavian-inspired Japanese journals.

Saddle-stitched spines!
Pair your East-Meets-West journal with a wonderful, whimsical floaty pen! Floating Action Pens have been around since the late 1940’s – made then as now by the same small company in Sweden (the number of employees is “about twenty”). Our floaty pens feature a solemn bunny being conjured out of its hat ... sure to bring a smile to your lips as you pen your musings. 

Floating bunnies ...

If you don’t find much occasion to put pen to paper, a journal/pen combo would make a sweet and thoughtful gift for the contemplative writer in your life. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

An Accidental Exhibitor

For nearly seven years, we’ve curated an eclectic collection of clothing, accessories and other finds, including omiyage, the perfectly presented gift. But never did we aspire to be an art space. Yet lucky us, we’ve become an accidental exhibitor, thanks to the largess of a few local artists. Please visit and enjoy!

‘Japan’ by Roger Shimomura, 2012
Last Friday, we were floored and flattered when Greg Kucera and assistant Guy, walked over Roger Shimomura’s kawaii — and impressively large painting, ‘Japan’. How did we come to be so endowed? One day Roger strolled into Momo and noticed our Hello Kitty affinity, then suggested that he loan us his painting (it can be yours for $25,000). Look carefully and you’ll see Roger himself in the midst of the fun.

The work of Bryan Yeck
We’re also fortunate to display the art of Bryan Yeck, proprietor of Zeitgeist Coffee. Bryan, who helped design/build Momo thought one of his paintings would hang nicely at Momo. He was so right. And Bryan’s received more than a few inquiries but so far, hasn’t bitten — thank goodness.

Fowl play from Shelli Markee
The third artist to grace our shop is Shelli Markee, silversmithy, hair and makeup artist, and mother of two boys. Long before her birds landed, we sold her hand-hammered jewelry, so when she offered to install her flock, we said of course! Her wire sculptures are lighter than air — each fastened with a single brad. Admirers have taken home a bird of their own for $120 a pop.

Before opening Momo, Lala has always believed that form must have function. And after experiencing the uplifting energy that art lends to our atmosphere, she now appreciates that inspiration, in itself, is a worthy purpose. Thank you, Roger, Bryan and Shelli, for making Momo truly a happy • lucky • life.