Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Stroll Down Nihonmachi Alley

Did you know that there is a collection of wonderful art installations, historic photos and a commemorative garden just around the corner from Momo? Join news anchor Lori Matsukawa and Maiko Winkler-Chin (Executive Director of SCID Preservation and Development Authority) for a tour of Nihonmachi Alley, where artists like Erin Shigaki, Amy Nikaitani, Rumi Koshino and architect Yuko Kunugi have created artworks that focus on the history of Japantown.

A section of Erin Shigaki’s mural.

We’d also like to mention that after 36 years of anchoring King 5 News, Lori is retiring next month! We will miss her in-depth reporting of goings-on around town and are so very thankful to her for bringing attention to our little corner of the city. Good luck to you, Lori!

Lori studies the fence/art installation created by Rumi Koshino and Yuko Kunugi.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Zing into Spring

Springtime in Seattle is often a time of indecisive weather. In less than a few hours, we can experience rain, sun, rain, then back to sun. When a day can start out misty and chilly and end with a sudden wave of heat, practical layers are a must! In this nature-loving Northwest, that generally translates to muted earth tones ... which doesn’t exactly inspire fun-in-the-sun. So Momo dares: why not add some Zing to your Spring?

To start, this just in from Lithuania: a veritable rainbow of Ducktail rain jackets: Lightweight, unisex, with a snap-on, reversible reflective ‘tail’ in the back, these are our favorite cheery spring raincoats.

Layer it over a brand new brand for Momo: Blue Platypus. Playful, whimsical, fun. And, you guessed it, POCKETS (by now, dear reader, you know we are pocket obsessed)!

Our pocketed skirt is available in these three patterns, plus the sailboat print! 

Flirty dress in a blue catphone or sailboat (sorry, no orange!)

And we believe that men deserve some brightness in their wardrobes, too. From another perfect for spring-into-summer line, Kennington, here are some playful prints.

When life hands you lemons, you’re one lucky dude.

Frenchies, anyone?
It’s our Momo mission to supply you with the goods you need to enjoy a happy • lucky • life, so we continue our crusade to present you with pops of color — in just the right dose for Seattle — of course. 😉

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cultivate Love for Mother’s Day

Lei Ann’s beautiful Mommy in a Japanese temple garden.
’Tis the nurturing season, time to plant seeds of love for Mother’s Day. At Momo, we cherish small and special ways to say “Mahalo, Mom.” Among our favorite gifts are interesting herbs and flowering fun from Japan — simple ways to grow a little love.

Grow delicious herbs in elegant Japanese ceramics. 
Cultivate and Eat: So easy, just open and add water!
Easy peasy.
Sprouting hedgehogs! Grow mint, basil or strawberries. 
Flowering Fortunes: Open to reveal a fortune and a strip
of seeds (chrysanthemum or petunia) to plant.
And while you’re thinking of her, why not present your Mommy with blooms that will last for a long time. Better yet, pen a note of gratitude inside, a gift she’ll love more than any.

Beautiful letterpress cards made by Momo Mama’s very own sister in Hawaii.
Also from the Aloha State: beautiful, classic washi paper notecard sets.
Momo wishes all mothers, surrogate mothers, second moms and other mothers, a love-filled Mother’s Day: Hau'oli La Makuahine to you. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Rights of Spring

Hello spring style!
At Momo, we don’t pay too much mind to what’s in style, rather, we like to wear what’s our style. That said, there are a few delightful directions this spring, ones we can embrace and integrate easily into our existing closets. 

To start, the work-to-weekend wear-over-everything jacket is a favorite. Why? The Floral Goodness coat from Smoking Lily slides into our wardrobe, funning-up our black staples. While the Two Danes engineer striped variation is a great friend to denim, indigo, all our beloved blues. And, they BOTH HAVE POCKETS!

From Me & Arrow comes another versatile, short-sleeve iteration, this one can be buttoned up and worn as a dress. And you guessed it ... (the P-word!) What a great travel piece.   

Yes please, long over long.
Another look at the
Two Danes striped jacket.
What to wear under these great garments, aside from what you already own? The shapely Sito Dress from Prairie Underground is a new take on a slip dress, chic worn solo, sleek enough to layer with a crop top. Super comfortable, you can also wear it two ways (come in for a demo)!

For seasonal options to top it off, we love bright white. Yes, we said it: WHITE. As in, Southern California white, tennis white, the color of peace, purity and perfection! White freshens Seattle neutrals, plus, according to one reliable Momo source, it opens one up to spirituality and heaven knows we can all use a little uplifting these days.  

Prairie Underground In-Dreams
in dreamy white cotton.
Feminine eyelet makes a comeback,
this one from Me & Arrow.
White not your thang? We have plenty of other pop-on tops for your perusal. A little easier on the laundry, we promise.

Two Danes micro-stripe with one pocket!
Me & Arrow pale pink pretty.

Sunshine for a dreary day. Top by Me & Arrow,
rain-proof jacket from Three Stones,
joggers by Prairie Underground (Lala’s obsession).

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Momo Wants YOU!

Are you upbeat, intelligent, curious and quick?
Then Momo is the place for you!

Momo, a happy lucky lifestyle shop in Seattle’s Japantown, is seeking a new teammate to help make our unique boutique and neighborhood a destination.

The Ideal Momo Peep
- Is positive and open, and genuinely likes people
- Is comfortable working independently and on a team
- Learns quickly and takes initiative

Primary responsibilities
Customer Care – sales through service + sharing info
Merchandise Management – receiving + stocking 
Shop Keeping –  display aesthetics + light cleaning

Wish List Skill Set
- Minimum of two years customer service experience
- Adept with computers and POS system
- Familiar with the Chinatown/I.D.
- Flexible weekdays/weekends/holidays including weeks up to Christmas
- Excellent verbal skills, Asian language speaker a plus

The Fine Print
- Part-time: two to four days a week
- Pay DOE
- Employee discount, clothing stipend based on merit

Interested? Follow these instructions:
1. Go online and get to know us:; FB: MOMOseattle; blog:; yelp: Momo in Seattle
2. Come in and look around: 600 South Jackson Street in Japantown
3. Email and tell us why you want to be a part of Momo. Include your résumé and three references.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring has Sprung for the Momo Man

New Menswear Arrivals at Momo
Bruun & Stengade, Copenhagen

In 2004 Niels Bruun and Peter Stengade established their eponymous brand with a collection of shirts. They view the woven, button-up shirt as a key building block to a men's  wardrobe. Although now a complete menswear line, their shirts still anchor the brand, defining modern, urban, wearable style with attention to detail, a bit of daring and a good sense of humor.
Bruun & Stengade matched with Bridge & Burn Monroe jacket

& Sons, Toronto
What sets this boutique shirt maker apart is a focus on premium fabrics. They’re unique among today’s shirters in that all their textiles are made to order, and incorporate garment processes like yarn dying, enzyme washes and laser printing in the creation of one of a kind designs.

& Son’s Indigo-dyed subtle laser floral

Using the quality natural fabrics of cotton and linen, these shirts offer distinctive style and high comfort.

Visit Momo to see all our great men’s offerings for Spring. In addition to Bruun & Stengade and & Sons, we carry menswear offerings from:

Baro Dry Wear
Bridge & Burn
Lorenzo Uomo
National Standards
Saint James
Stitch Note

Thursday, March 14, 2019

We’re Fame-ish!

It’s not too often that little Momo gets a shout out in the Blog-a-sphere. Mostly, we spend our days putzing around the shop, ordering, tidying, and getting to know you, our customer, in person. So, imagine our delight when Sukhie sent us this link to a well-known blogger’s mention of a dress she bought at Momo:

Take a scroll and fall in love with Zuri, and mostly, with the beautiful and inspiring Sukhie. Then, come try on #justonedress. We think you’ll love it, too.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Good Fortune Continues ...

The Momo Good Fortune Sale is still going strong! Fret not, deep discounts still await the lucky. Here’s a little glimpse at some items  you can find on our racks:

Caara shell is a great layering piece year-round,
plus it’s in the color of the hour. We have XS, S, and M.

As always, Cop Copine comes through with interesting details.
Love the giant rivets! We have this in all-purpose black, sizes S and M.

Sunshine to brighten our winter days. Down-filled yet super-compactible
(it has a sewn-in stuff-it travel pouch), our Sparkz jacket is lightweight AND toasty.

Hello Kitty AND sweets? Freshly added to the Good Fortune Sale, it's a treat. 

We can’t forget the Momo Man!
“Tech” jacket from Twenty Metric Tons is slim-fitting and water-and-rain resistant.
Available in size S, in the ever-practical black.

Another great piece from Twenty Metric Tons. Black and blue
color-block polo shirt. Sizes S, L, and XL in the shop.

And last but not least, some sweet accessories to bring some lips to your smile, from Portland’s own Upper Metal Class.

Tiny bronze stud earrings with a necklace to match!

Angled squares hug your earlobes. Momo has these in sterling silver. 
And there’s so much more in store, and always, random new markdowns. The Spring Good Fortune Sale ~ come check it out, going on until Sunday, March 3.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Good Fortune Sale is Back!

The Momo twice-yearly Good Fortune Sale is here! This is when we offer you incredible double savings on “wear now” clothing while making room for new Spring arrivals. Win-win!

For the uninitiated, here’s The Discount Download: 
  • Decide that you need to go home with a SALE item. 
  • Bring said SALE item to the counter. 
  • Pick a tasty, crunchy fortune cookie out of a jar and open it.
  • Inside is a special fortune giving you an ADDITIONAL 10% - 30% OFF THE SALE PRICE.
  • Eat cookie. Do not eat fortune (or discount!)
  • Spend the day feeling great about your good luck!
... And a little sample of the the fabulous finds that could be yours:

Classic cuffed and cropped Cop Copine trousers.
Perfect for all seasons! Available in Small and Medium.

From Sweden, this Maska tunic adds a ray of sunshine to the season.

Two Danes “Yulia” sweater is extra long and extra cozy, in a 50/50 super-soft
blend of merino and yak wool. And it has pockets! Size Small and Medium.

Swing into spring and summer in this flirty and flattering Cop Copine “Kardi” dress.
We love the saturated peacock blue. Available in Small and Medium. 

Straight from Portland is the “Nolan” sweater. 80% lambswool,
it will keep you toasty warm. Small and Medium still in the shop!

Fabulous tomato red! Maska's 100% Italian lambswool sweater,
Small and Medium on the rack!

Speaking of great colors, what about this peachy keen jacket from Cop Copine?
Generous pockets adorn this piece, which we have in Small and Medium.

Let’s not forget accessories! We’ve still got a decent selection of Sticks and Stones leather bags in an assortment of fun colors.

Looks like a little coin purse. 
Leather backpack? Perfect!

Oh, and of course, there are still more than a few great finds on the Man Rack, too. (You’ll have to ask Mr. Momo about that!) In the meantime, stop by and take advantage of our freshest cuts, the sale goes on until the last cookie crumbles — or through March 3, whichever comes first. May the auspicious Year of the Pig smile upon you and bring you good fortune!