Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Good Fortune Smiles Upon You

The Momo Good Fortune Sale-on-a-sale is HERE — and 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 Bench, Cop-copine, Prairie Underground, Three Stones, Bridge and Burn, WRK 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.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store ... and there’s more!

Hot Spanish stripes for the last warm days, from Wom&Now.
Versatile semi-sheer knit duster from Vancouver BC's Three Stones
Montreal’s Annie 50, super cute paper planes and a button-back!         



Always classic blue checks. Linen shirt from NYC’s WRK.
From our neighbors to the south, PDX’s Bridge and Burn.
Pale grey and soft white pair well with anything. 




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Momo Kimono Mania!!!


Meet the Makers of Modern Kimono
 Tuesday Scarves and Saltaire Life at Momo
Saturday, August 26th from 3:00 - 5:30
Kimono is making a comeback! In an easy, wearable way. Pop it over jeans and a tee by day, or drape it over the little black dress at night for a confident style statement. To prove our point, we've invited two designers to share the merits of their contemporary kimono: Rian Robison of Tuesday Scarves and Jancy Quinn of Saltaire Life. Meet both these local lovelies at Momo Kimono Mania!



Hand-dyed Tuesday Scarves kimono

Tuesday Scarves
Made right here in the International District, each kimono is hand-sewn of lightweight rayon and hand-dyed with professional-quality fiber reactive dyes in a variety of custom-mixed colors and original patterns. The minimalist shape creates a beautiful drape, and the rectangular cut produces little to no material waste by utilizing whole pieces of fabric without scraps from corners and irregular cuts. 

Flowy, feminine florals from Tuesday Scarves
Inspired by a recent trip to Paris, and a love of Japanese textiles, Rian spent the last year and a half researching, experimenting and developing the original dye techniques featured in her latest line. Each piece is created from scratch at her Tuesday Scarves studio and storefront at 608 Maynard Avenue South next to Bush Garden.

Vintage kimono redux from Saltaire Life
Saltaire Life
East meets West in this line of authentic vintage kimonos embellished with dramatic and whimsical patches and artwork. Each kimono is a one-of-a-kind statement piece, with new offerings released every week.

A gallery of varieties from Saltaire Life

Saltaire Life was started by childhood best friends, one on the east coast and one on the west. The name Saltaire is a word, or not a word – it is a town from 1850's England, home to several textile mills, and it's the feeling you get when you breathe in fresh ocean air. Saltaire Life is dedicated to curating and creating custom offerings based on a love of textiles, apparel and sustainability.

Whichever kimono you crave, come and see the show during Hai! Japantown. There’s more fun to come, watch our blog or check Japantown Seattle on Facebook for future information. Ja Matta!




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Iced Tea Time!



Holy heatwave, Batman! It looks like Seattle is in for a scorcher of a week. One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is to have an ice cold drink handy – iced tea, anyone? What tickles your fancy? Herbal, caffeinated, spice-infused chai? Happily, Momo has all of the above.

Direct from Bellingham, WA: Flying Bird Botanicals. Handcrafted from herbs and teas sourced from organic farms, you can pick and choose between purely herbal, or something with a gentle kick. We highly recommend the “Twilight Mint” for an invigoratingly chill brew.

Jaipur Avenue chai: We have Ginger for those who like a bit of bite, Variety Pack for the less decisive among us. Although typically encountered served warm, it’s also amazingly refreshing when cold.

No iced drink is complete without the perfect glass! “Perfect” in Momo parlance equals happy and colorful, perhaps with a touch of whimsy, and always functional.

Couleur Nature is well known for French kitchen linens, but they also make sturdy glasses in a wide array of bright colors. Our current favorites are the perfectly sized pop juice glasses with cheery rims, and the hand-blown 12 oz. seaspray tumbler.

The perfect juice glass! We have them with turquoise,
red, yellow, white and cobalt blue rims.
Fill with 12 oz. of chilled deliciousness.

For those craving a bit of cuteness, check out our Bandjo glasses! Made from Duralex (French for Pyrex!) these are not only adorned with adorableness, but are sturdy as heck and dishwasher safe.

Other fun patterns at Momo are: orange forest gnomes and turquoise kitties.
And if all else fails, we have air conditioning at Momo! Come visit and keep cool.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Saturday, July 29: Zuri Kenya Pop-Up 12 - 2


Join us in welcoming Sandra Zhao, 1/2 of the Zuri Kenya team, as she flies by Momo on a brief trip to the Northwest. The concept behind Zuri is #justonedress — for work, for play, for travel, for life. With 3/4-sleeves, a button-front, and an easy swing style that hits at about the knee, The Dress can be worn as said dress, a light jacket, or a tunic. But what truly gives it the one-two punch is the fabric: mid-weight cotton in delightful colors and patterns designed and printed in Kenya.


Backstory: cute customer and tastemaker Meredith came to Momo raving about a dress she recently read about in the NY Times (our shoppers are readers)! My curiosity piqued, I followed through, contacted Zuri and ordered a few dresses. A few days later, Sandra reached out, said she was coming to the Northwest for a wedding, and asked if we would like to host a last-minute trunk show. Heck yeah!

See you soon for the fast fun!




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Small-batch Biblelots

The Pacific Northwest is big on micro-brew production of beer, wine and spirits. Why? Closer quality control, easier experimentation, more exclusive end product. At Momo, we believe the same can be said for small-batch jewelry. Working with indie designers allows us to introduce you to a taste of different talents, for example:

NINA RAIZEL

One of the rare folk who is native to Seattle, Nina has been a maker for as long as she can remember. After earning a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design, she returned to the area, honing her skills through production for local jewelers while working on her designs in her spare time. Today, she is on her own, turning out more ambitious pieces than ever. With a strong focus on sustainability, conscious design and meticulous craftsmanship, Nina’s work is both stunning and something you can feel good about wearing. We are particularly in love with the stones in our capsule collection of Nina rings showing at Momo right now. 

“The Square” labradorite

“Triple Stone” labradorite & moonstone

“Grid Ring” with five different gemstones
LOYALSMITH
Amy Bush has been crafting jewelry of many kinds for 15 years. At times, she strayed from the path, detouring in 2007 to own and run the adorable JayWalk in Madrona, then taking a hiatus for the birth of her son, Gus. Now, she’s getting back into the swing of things and Momo is excited to be Amy’s first wholesale account! The concept behind her latest line, Loyalsmith, is to combine dual-tone metals to create lightweight, everyday adornments that ‘play well’ with all your other jewelry. You can find a variety of her well-crafted earrings at the shop, including these innovative designs.

”Exclamation” in large or small
”Corkscrews” in large or small
Fun, not formal “Black Ties!”

COMPASS ROSE DESIGN
Bay Area wife and husband team, Creek and Johnny Van Houten, share a love of antiques ranging from trains to potato buckets, marbles and buttons. While attending graduate school in Holland, Creek became fascinated by antique buttons. She began collecting the fashionable fasteners and thus was born Compass Rose Design. Our assortment at Momo features sterling silver pendants, cast from molds made from some of these buttons, ranging from sweetly whimsical to classic nautical themes.

“Lovebirds” - SOLD!

”Honey Bee”

”Sun Medallion”

VERSO
Shoreline-based designer Melanie Brauner is the virtuoso behind Verso. Simply put, her unique jewelry is made from sterling silver forms cast in handmade paper. But the process is more complex: she begins by creating a wire armature that is then dipped in a pulp of water and abaca fiber. This material dries, shrinks and adheres to the metal. Once dried, the process is repeated until a desired thickness is reached, at which point the pieces are all individually hand dyed in subtle shades. The labor-intensive operation results in lightweight, yet surprisingly durable creations inspired by nature: the coil of a fern, a dangling seed, the curve of a leaf. Whatever her artist’s eye envisions.

“Pistil”

MOO-YOUNG
More Seattle for the win! Francine Moo-Young is perhaps best known for her hand-painted suede kimonos, but this leather-obsessed designer is also a jeweler. One of her latest experiments is with supple leather cord and pearls in lustrous tones of silver, bronze and rose gold. These new creations come in a variety of sizes and styles, and many are versatile, with the ability to be worn in multiple ways. Take for example the dramatic “Abacus” (the baroque pearls slide up and down the lace) which can be worn long, looped twice around the neck, or encircling a wrist. Or the dainty “Rock Daisy” necklace strung with mini pearls — same utility, but a whole different appeal. Momo is among the first to tout this new line; we are especially attracted because they remind us of the laid-back luxury of Hawaii.

“Plume Abacus” necklace

“Rock Daisy” necklace

“Ghost Flower” bracelet 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Celebrate Summer, Asian Style!

The events of the International District promise fun in the sun. With so much going on, you could be here every weekend and still come back for more. See you at Momo!

Discover the Delights of Dragon Fest
Saturday, July 15 from 12-8
Sunday, July 16 from 12-6
International District

King Street comes alive with cultural activities, family fun, food and festivities. Take a day trip to foreign destinations through experiencing martial arts demonstrations. lion dances, the Chinese Girls Drill Team, and traditional Korean drumming while munching Japanese sweets, Filipino noodles,  Chinese dumplings and Hawaiian shave ice. Mmmm, when you need a break, stroll to Momo and say hello! More info on Dragon Fest.

Dance Away the Evening at Bon Odori Festival
Saturday, July 15 from 4-10
Sunday, July 16 from 3-8
Seattle Buddhist Temple at 1427 South Main Street

The Japanese celebration of honoring the dead is alive and well at Bon Odori, just a few blocks east of Dragon Fest. Don your kimono and line up with the young, old, gay and happy to perform age-old dances. You’ll also find Japanese snacks, craft booths, and a beer garden for the over 21-set. Details at Seattle Betsuin

Shop Summer AAPI Arts & Crafts Fair
Thursday, July 20 from 6-9
Hing Hay Co-works at 409 B Maynard Avenue South

Enlightened self-interest! Support the API community while you browse a unique array of goods created by hand. Jewelry, stationery, clothing, and yes, cupcakes! are among the offerings. Held within the cool offices of the CID’s best-kept secret: Hing Hay Co-works. More info at Hing Hay Co-Works.

Be Jammin’ at The Wing Luke JamFest
Thursday, July 20 from 5:30- 9
Around the CID

It starts at The Wing, then follow the fun around the ID. Discover live music and performances — like our favorite, Shanghai Pearl —  tucked away in interesting nooks and crannies, a great way to spend a summer’s eve into night. More info at The Wing

Save the Date: Hai! Japantown
Saturday, August 26 from 2-10
Jackson Street, Hing Hay Park and Nagomi Teahouse

Nihonmachi is coming into its own with a summer celebration highlighting the joys of Japantown. Connect the cultural dots between Nihonmach Alley, Cultural Heritage Walks, Mahouto Market and Hing Hay performances and Movies in the Park. More info to come, check out FB: Japantown Seattle. 

Mark Your Calendar: Kimono Mania
Saturday, August 26 from 3:30-5
Momo in Japantown

 

 

 

As our part of Hai! Japantown, Momo has invited two local lovelies to share their wears: Rian from Tuesday Scarves and Jancy from Saltaire Life. Come try us on.

 

 

But wait, there’s more ... Thursday Happy Hour Food Walks, Asian-American films in the park ... too much to include here. So, check it out yourself on our neighborhood Facebook page: I Heart ID. Get set for a hot summer of frolic — and remember who loves you! xo Momo

 

 

 

 






Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Secret Side of Angela M.

 Angela at home in her studio, well equipped for the job
You may have met Angela at the shop as she helped you pick out the perfect item, and then chirpily wrapped it up. But you might not know that the pretty pink-haired Momo Girl (now a five-year veteran!) is our resident jeweler and hidden talent behind two of our favorite lines: Flora and Fawn and Little Teal.
 
Angela (or A1 as we like to call her) began her foray into jewelry making in 2006. Upon completing a metalsmith class at a local college, she invested in a kiln and launched Flora and Fawn, setting out to create a collection of happy-making, brightly colored enamel adornments. She appreciated the technical and methodical process by which she could consistently produce her fun, affordable earrings and necklaces.


 
The beginnings of a cheery enamel accessory
The magic kiln that heats up to 2,500 degrees
A finished Flora and Fawn necklace



























In 2016, adversity struck with the unexpected loss of her sister. Her world shaken, for months she sat numb at her workbench. One day while poking around her studio, she rediscovered a cache of natural stones, many of which she collected as a child in her Southern Oregon home. Picking through the random assortment of gems sparked a long-smothered ember. “It felt like Christmas!” she recalls, and so inspired, she created Little Teal.

A teal is a small, freshwater duck
Slowly, her passion rekindled as she experimented with the smooth, soothing stones. At first, she applied the same prescribed planning as she used with enameling. But things never worked out as intended, “The universe conspired against me,” Angela says. Instead, the individual stones dictated design, often leading to happy accidents. “If I let go of control, it makes sense … and ultimately, I’m more pleased with the results.”

Ring or necklace? The stone sets the tone
Each piece is meticulously hand made, start to finish
She’s careful not to fracture the stone
Entirely different than Flora and Fawn, Little Teal is all about elegant, one-of-a-kind pieces, as no two stones are alike and designs are difficult to replicate. Angela loves the distinctive personalities of individual stones and lusts after obscure varieties like Peanut Obsidian and Victoria Stone. Her selections are all natural, no lab grown varieties for this rock hound.

So many unpredictable shapes, colors and sizes, oh my!
Angela’s favorite finds are from a lapidary near where she grew up. For years she drove by the rustic shop situated on the highway linking the Redwoods and Oregon Coast, assuming it to be a tourist trap. While home for her sister’s memorial, she stopped in to check it out only to confirm that it was indeed stocked with crystals, beads and fossils for the hobbyist, and layered with a fine film of rock dust.

But then the owner asked her what she was looking for, ushered her to the back room, and presented her with velvet-lined trays of beautiful, hand-cut-and-polished stones. “It was like finding a dragon’s hoard of gems!” smiles Angela. She learned that Marc and his wife, Gabby often come upon possibilities while hiking through the woods, and many of their offerings are found only in their area. Their store has since shuttered, and the couple now only sell online to avid fans that snatch up the rock rarities as quickly as they’re listed. 


An Oregon river: possible source of A1’s hydrogrossular garnets
Although her new love is found in nature, Angela once again enjoys the systematic task of enameling, balanced with the spontaneity of stone setting. Luckily, both Flora and Fawn and Little Teal are available at Momo, with A1 on hand to enlighten us as to their individual delights. 

“I’m sure that I would not be doing the work that I’m doing today if something catastrophic had not happened,” she says thoughtfully “It was the only thing that made me feel alive.” Through creating beauty, Angela found peace and joy. Thankfully, she shares her wisdom with Momo.