Vintage Kimonos – A Vanishing Art Finds Its Way Into Modern Fashion

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Kimonos are now seen in the top fashion trends. Brook in a vintage kimono worn as coat

One of the Finest Japanese Traditions, the iconic, ancient kimono has charmed its way into the high fashion and street fashion worlds outside of Japan. We love kimonos and delight in promoting this creative fashion trend. Come see our fabulous Kimono and Obi (kimono belt/sash) collection. We have hundreds of hand made, one-of-a-kind beauties.  
David sources our extensive inventory of authentic vintage kimonos in Kyoto, a city once renowned for its kimono makers.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Justin, David and Yukio preparing for our first Kimono party

It is increasingly popular to wear them as coats, over jeans or skirts, or as robes, all highlighting the fabulous vintage fabrics. (see a previous post on our new line of Vintage Kimono Fabric Bags! and look for more to come.)

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Sophie in a red silk haori kimono coat, worn open as a casual light jacket
Brook in a silk haori kimono coat
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Angie’s favorite haori kimono coat with elegant fan design
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Brook in a vintage silk kimono worn as a robe.

Kimonos are exquisite and iconic garments as well as enduring works of art. Like many highly developed and perfected ancient crafts, kimono making is sadly a quickly vanishing trade. The intricate and exceedingly accomplished and centuries old techniques of hand weaving, dying, painting, and embroidering silks are rarely practiced now making the vintage beauties highly sought after. Below – see two gorgeous silk shibori (micro tie die) haori (short kimono) jackets.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Sandra and Jean in silk shibori haori coats
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Jean showing hidden lining, often intricately detailed, of a hand embroidered haori coat

Now worn only for special occasions in Japan, one could lament the loss of an elegant tradition that embodied the culture for hundreds of years. But, departure from custom brings a freedom that begs creative movement and propels the past delightfully into the future.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Brook in a vintage silk haori coat
Japanese traditional Fireman's Hanten Coat, or Utility Jacket. It is a heavy durable hand woven fabric and Indigo dyed. It often has a symbol on the back which would be the name of the district's fire brigade. Additional writing on the front would tell more about that brigade. this one is about 70 years old, vintage but unused and in perfect condition.
David wearing a traditional Japanese vintage fireman’s ‘Hanten’ or kimono style jacket.
Japanese traditional Fireman's Hanten Coat, or Utility Jacket. It is a heavy durable hand woven fabric and Indigo dyed. It often has a symbol on the back which would be the name of the district's fire brigade. Additional writing on the front would tell more about that brigade. this one is about 70 years old, vintage but unused and in perfect condition.

David Alan sporting a Japanese traditional Fireman’s ‘Hanten’ Coat, or Utility Jacket. It is a heavy, durable and comfortable fabric which is hand woven and indigo dyed. A fireman’s coat will typically have a symbol on the back which would be the name of the district’s fire brigade. Additional writing on the front would tell more about that brigade. This jacket is about 70 years old, vintage but unused, and in excellent condition.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Jim checking out some silk hakama pants
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Julia in a silk michiyuki kimono jacket
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Sophie wearing a silk botanical design haori kimono coat
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Sophie wearing a silk kimono as a coat
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Jean in a batik motif silk haori coat

The kimono epitomizes ancient Japan at first glance. For centuries they were the only style of clothing worn. After WWII came western influences that brought shirts and jeans. They were easier to put on, cheaper, much less restrictive and caught on quickly. 

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Two Lovely Ladies in traditional dress at our first Kimono Party, Yukiko (right) who helped organize the event, and friend.
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Trying on Kimonos at the party
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Enjoying a refreshment break while shopping for kimonos

The word kimono literally means garment, and although the word is simple, the garment itself is deeply complex both in form and in representation. There are many different styles, fabric types and patterns which have a language to themselves. One could glean everything from marital and social status, to seasons and the type of activity or event they are designed for. The styles range from extremely formal to casual. Traditionally they are always wrapped left over right except when dressing the dead.
We Also have some children’s kimonos – which are a lot of fun to play in when not being worn in a traditional manner.

Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Evelyn in a warm padded kimono vest
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Evelyn, back detail
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Julian modeling a silk kimono in front of a full moon carving
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Little Red Silk Kimono
Vintage, authentic hand woven and hand painted, dyed and brocade Japanese kimonos. Wide selection of women's, mens's, fancy and casual wear.
Red kimono in the garden
The word kimono literally means garment, and although the word is simple, the garment itself is very complex both in form and in representation. The many different styles, fabric types and patterns have a language to themselves. One can glean everything from marital and social status, to seasons and the type of activity or event they are designed for. The styles range from extremely formal to casual. Traditionally they are wrapped left over right except when dressing the dead.
Jayden in a kimono vest

Inquire About Items Featured in This Blog Post

Preferred method of contact:
EmailPhoneText