Sunday, September 20, 2015

Seeking Perfect Part-time Momo Peep

Momo is a happy • lucky • lifestyle shop located in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. We are seeking new team members to help build the business and make our unique boutique and neighborhood a nationwide destination. 

1. Get familiar: Read through this blog, FB: MOMOseattle,  yelp: Momo in Seattle
2. Come to the shop and look around: 600 South Jackson Street in Japantown
3. Drop us an email with a paragraph or two about why you are the ideal next Momo Peep and what you can contribute to our shop and community, along with your résumé and three references.

The Ideal Momo Peep:
- Has a minimum of two years of retail/customer service experience
- Is comfortable working independently or as part of a team
- Learns quickly and is a self-starter without being a renegade
- Genuinely enjoys interacting with people, is positive and open
- Is adept with computers and POS system
- Familiar with the Chinatown/International District, and can act as concierge
- Must be flexible to work weekdays/weekends and holidays including weeks up to Christmas

The Job Description in Three Parts:
1. Customer Service
- Greet customers upon entry and support our sales approach of encouraging exploration in a relaxed atmosphere
- Engage the customer; ascertain interests and needs by listening
- Answer questions about the neighborhood and shop, share stories behind relevant merchandise
- Recommend selection based on input and assist in locating appropriate size, color, etc.
- Explain use and care of merchandise; demonstrate if necessary
- Assist customers in trying on or fitting clothing and/or accessories
- Bag or package purchases, and wrap gifts
- Establish first-name rapport, thanking customer for shopping

2. Computer & Clerical
- Open register and close/reconcile by counting money, separating charge slips, and balancing cash drawer
- Compute sales prices, total purchases and process cash or credit payments
- Understand and execute exchange/return policies
- Maintain knowledge of current sales and promotions
- Inspect, prepare and ticket merchandise to ready for purchase
- Receive product into POS, update pricing and reconcile discrepancies with suppliers
- Restock and inventory merchandise

3. Shop Keeping
- Attractively arrange and display merchandise to captivate customers and promote sales
- Maintain a pleasing ambiance with appropriate music, temperature and pleasant smell
- Clean and tidy public space of shelves, counter tops, tables; vacuum and mop floors
- Organize and maintain non-public areas of back stock and store supply storage
- Watch for and recognize security risks and thefts, know how to prevent or handle these situations

The Fine Print:
- Excellent verbal skills, Japanese, Chinese or Vietnamese speaker a plus
- Part-time: two to four days a week
- Pay DOE
- Employee discount, clothing stipend based on merit

Friday, September 18, 2015

Basque in Green Style

Bilbao, Spain, mid-’90s. A small clothing concern with a big concept launches its first line: eco-conscious and socially responsible tees made from organic and recycled materials. The company? Skunkfunk.

In classic Skunkfunk teal, the ‘Gaxi’ is reminiscent of Jackie O frocks. 
Now known globally for their intense focus on sustainability, Skunkfunk is one of the elite Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified clothing makers, meeting and exceeding the incredibly rigorous guidelines of the organization. Skunkfunk monitors their clothing production from start to finish – from farmers to weavers, manufacturers to shippers, with the aim of achieving 100% transparency to their consumers. 

Soft-as-a-cloud drawstring cowl-neck has playful neon details.
Not only is Skunkfunk a company you can feel good about supporting for environmental reasons, they are also creatively progressive. Each season they collaborate with different artists in a variety of fields, creating lines that are stylish and au courant. 

We are loving the Asian-inspired geometrics!

‘Rebecca’ raincoat is perfection. Water-resistant waxed cotton, secret hood that zips into a structured collar, adjustable back belt buttons, patch AND slash pockets, and a completely unique feature: interior elastic ‘backpack’ straps that let you sling your jacket across your back without fear of losing it!
Momo has received an abundant collection of Skunkfunk for fall, ranging from dresses with a retro-mod flair to Japanese-inspired skirts and cowl-neck tops — truly something to appeal to every taste. Plus, the European sizing runs smaller than US, perfect for our petite customers. Drop by Japantown for a trip to Spain!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chemical Wedding: A Marriage of Minds

If you’ve ever seen Chemical Wedding bags, you’ll recognize them forever. Momo has long been proud to be a purveyor of these extraordinarily distinctive creations.

Husband-and-wife team Tracy and Jon Haaland use only European and domestic leathers that have been meticulously hand-selected for both beauty and durability. In addition to these luxe leathers, found objects are often up-cycled and incorporated into their handbags — think motorcycle jackets and even deconstructed vintage brogues.

Our stunning collection.
Jon and Tracy hand-cut, assemble and stitch each and every piece that leaves their Seattle studio, making every bag a completely unique, collaborative work of art.

We think you would be hard-pressed to find a purse that is the equal of Chemical Wedding. The painstakingly precise craftsmanship, attention to detail and functionality alone would make them difficult to beat. Add to that the their elegantly edgy looks and you’ve got a perfect 10.

Gorgeous, textural leathers pair well with industrial-looking hardware.
Amazingly, this is hand-stitched.
Also, we are smitten with this faintly pearlescent plum leather. 
Momo has just received a beautifully curated collection. Come see these unforgettable handbags for yourself. We dare you not to fall in love with this marriage of form and function.