For those of you in Oregon or planning a trip to Oregon in July, lucky, lucky you! I’ll be doing two events in July where you will have the opportunity to try on a kimono, have your own appraised, or buy yourself a beautiful vintage one and learn how to wear it.
The first event will be Thursday evening, July 17 from 6-8 pm in Bend at Between The Covers book store. If you haven’t checked this place out yet, you are in for a treat, both figuratively and literally. Haley, the owner, has stocked her shelves with a wonderful assortment of old favorite candies. Here’s a pic of her and some friends in front of the shop, a restored market from Bend’s early days:
Next up is the Second Annual Kimono Fashion Show at SakéOne on Saturday, July 26, 6-8 pm with live music by The Slants. General admission is $8 and 25% of gate fees from the SakéOne Summer Concert Series benefit Mercy Corps’ Voices for a Silent Disaster Fund.
I love doing this event, as I am a huge fan of the Coconut Lemongrass Saké made right there on the premises. Come early, take a tour of the facilities and get a taste of the local specialties. Yum! If you’ve never had saké, think you don’t like saké, or are just curious as to how it is made, this is a great place to visit. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and go out of their way to find the best saké to suit your taste or that of a friend, if you are choosing a bottle for a gift.
As for the KimonoMomo website, I’ve gone back to the old format for the time being. Vintage kimono will be up and available shortly, as I’m busy working on photographing, measuring and inspecting some new kimono this week.