If you’ve been following us here at KIM+ONO for awhile, you know that San Francisco is our home. It’s not just the location of our brick and mortar store, but it’s where our founders grew up and where their family business has been built decade after decade. The rich culture of San Francisco from Chinatown to Downtown is as varied and beautiful as it gets. Even if you’ve lived here for years, there’s always something new to discover.
And it’s in that spirit that we’re rounding up some of our favorite pairings of kimono styles and hot spots of this magical city. If you’re not from San Francisco, well consider this your invitation to visit! And any time you stop into town, we hope you swing by KIM+ONO for a quick breath of fresh air, a relaxing moment in your day, and of course, a little bit of luxury.
If you’re looking for a great place for a fancy cocktail, we recommend stopping by China Live. It’s one of our favorite spots in the city to cool off during the summer and when you sway into China Live with your beautiful kimono jacket, you’re sure to find something just as beautiful to drink and eat! We love China Live’s mission on their website: “China Live is an interactive culinary and cultural destination in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, offering an in-depth exploration of Greater Chinese gastronomy. Our mission is to demystify Chinese ingredients and recipes while educating guests on the rich history and influence.” Pair your Peony & Butterfly Kimono Robe with this interactive culinary experience for the ultimate night out and make some memories you won’t soon forget.
What better place is there to wear your favorite black floral kimono robe than Grant Avenue itself? This Chinatown destination is a street full of life, history, and culture. According to Wikipedia, Grant Avenue “is one of the oldest streets in the city's Chinatown district. It runs in a north-south direction starting at Market Street in the heart of downtown and dead-ending past Francisco Street in the North Beach district.” We love the history you can still feel on this street. After the 1906 earthquake that destroyed much of San Francisco, this street, which was once called Dupont Street, was built back up and renamed Grant Avenue in honor of General Ulysses S. Grant. The perfect sartorial pairing for a street with such big history is a contemporary take on a classic style. That’s why we love this black floral kimono for a saunter up and down Grant Avenue. It’s a relaxed look for window shopping and strolling during the day, and easily heightened with a pair of heels and black dress for a night out in Chinatown.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that surprises you at every turn, Mister Jiu’s is for you. From the decadent dinners to the curated cocktails, this is a spot you won’t want to miss whether you’re visiting San Francisco or live here year round. We love the look of strolling into Mister Jiu’s with your kimono jacket effortlessly flowing behind you. Pull up a seat at the bar or make a reservation ahead of time to make sure you get to taste all Mister Jiu’s has to offer. And feel good about your choice because Mister Jiu’s works with Bay Area organic farmers & purveyors and stay committed to sustainability as they bring their dishes to life. Wearing your short kimono robe into the low lit, magical restaurant will make you fit right in. A bit of whimsicality in your style and on your plate makes this the perfect pair for a delicious night in the city.
San Francisco’s rich history often comes back to the earthquake of 1906. After a huge fire burned the hotel due to the earthquake, the Palace Hotel was rebuilt in 1909. Not only have presidents given speeches from the grandeur of this hotel, but the Palace Hotel claims its place in literature as well, in books like The Gravedigger’s Daughter and Time of Fog and Fire. This illustrious history can only be matched by a dramatic look and your black floral kimono robe will give you just that. With the delicate elegance of the floral designs and the bold statement of black, this black floral kimono robe is the luxurious style that fits in with the oh so decadent Palace Hotel.
Whether you’re traveling to San Francisco for business, working in the Financial District and Downtown neighborhoods every day, or just hopping around this impressive part of the city, there’s much to discover. With the Transamerica Pyramid and 555 California Street, this is the tallest part of the city and your green kimono robe gives you the groundedness you need to float around the streets of this epic neighborhood. Exploring is made that much more adventurous with the beautiful green kimono robe that features handpainted designs on the soft elegance of 100% silk. Whether you’re going to a client lunch or meeting up with your sweetheart, the sophistication of silk and the Downtown district go hand in hand.
And of course, we couldn’t let you leave San Francisco without stopping in to say hello to us at the KIM+ONO brick and mortar store! Located on historic Grant Avenue, our store has something for everyone. Not only do we carry our extensive kimono robe collection, but we feature beautiful wellness goodies from gua sha tools and smudge sticks to candles and teas. Whether you need a special gift for someone you love or are looking to add a little extra self care into your daily routine, we’ve got something magical for you to discover.
We hope you fall in love with San Francisco as much as we have over the years. As center stage for our kimono designs, our business, and our families, San Francisco holds a special place in our hearts and we hope you get to experience the city that has given us so much.