The Mission Behind Every Handcrafted Kimono Robe

At KIM+ONO, we have always held the mission to bring more beauty to your life every day. When sisters Tiffany and Renee Tam set out to create these pieces, they knew it would be hard work to run a small business handcrafting charmeuse and silk kimono robes. That’s because entrepreneurship runs in the family with their parents running their own stores in San Francisco’s historic Chinatown. The sisters saw firsthand through their childhood that a successful business requires focus and grit. But even knowing what it takes, the goal wasn’t to just build a company, but to create a product and an ethos that supports the modern woman, breathes life into the things that are important to her, all while empowering the modern woman to feel as incredible, versatile, and beautiful as she truly is.


From a young age, Renee and Tiffany were always running around their parents’ store and hanging in Chinatown when they weren’t in school. They watched their parents navigate their own small business and as they got a bit older, they pitched in at the stores and running the shops truly became a family affair. As Tiffany and Renee grew up to take over the business, they considered their question, “How can we make a traditional kimono work for a modern woman?” They decided to take the same elements of traditional kimono — their versatility, importance to the family, and kimono fabric — and weave those elements into a modern kimono robe.

The best parts of the traditional Japanese kimono were also elements the Tam sisters believed modern women craved: luxurious kimono fabrics to make you feel beautiful and versatility to work as an everyday garment. Using the history of kimono and inspiration from vintage Asian art, they set out to build their line of kimono robes that would bring the feeling of self care, confidence, beauty, and more to each woman (or man!) who wears these pieces. Today in the journal, we’re celebrating all the ways your kimono style fulfills that mission.

Each and every time you slip into one of our pieces, we want you to feel…

Silk Kiku Kimono Robe
Photo by Teresa Barajas
Confidence In Your Own Skin

Our mission has always been to make each and every person who wears our pieces feel as confident as possible in their own skin. We believe everyone deserves to be fully and exactly who they are, without compromise. So when you slip into one of our silk kimono robes, we want you to remember that this is your one life, and you deserve to live it with style and radiance. Whether you’re lounging around your home after the kids have gone to bed, headed out on the town with friends, or taking a solitary stroll down the block, we want you to feel that confidence draped over your shoulders with each charmeuse and silk kimono robe in our collections.

Plus Size Silk Keina Kimono Robe
Photo by Maria Del Rio
As Beautiful As You Truly Are

There is so much pressure in our society to fit in and be beautiful in one way. But at KIM+ONO, a company run by women of color who are also mothers, we know that there is no one size fits all when it comes to beauty. So whether you are wearing our plus size kimono robes or a casual kimono wrap, we want you to feel your beauty shine through each and every style. These designs amplify your already inherent beauty — without shoulder seams, these kimono style jackets and robes fall slightly differently on everyone depending on the breadth of your shoulders. It’s the little details that make your kimono robe so unique to you, and it’s your unique beauty that we celebrate in every piece.

Silk Kiku Kimono Robe
Photo by Miranda Taylor De Lay
The Self Care You Deserve

You do so much for others, but our silk kimono robes are self care you can wear. It’s so easy to run on fumes, but if you can at least slip into a casual kimono robe once a day, we hope it’s your reminder that you are just as important as everyone else in your life. You deserve to slow down, take care of yourself, find a little peace to breathe deeply, and be well. You deserve to feel taken care of, and we hope our entire collection from our kimono wraps to our plus size kimono robes give you the feeling of being well taken care of.

Washable Silk Yuri Kimono Robe
Photo by Vanessa Hellman
Like the Queen You Are

At KIM+ONO, we adore and uplift the modern woman. You are the one who does so much for your family, for your community, and for your world. You have your own dreams, too. You take care of others and ignite the fire of your own dreams at the same time. That is no small feat in a modern society. We want to inspire the royalty within you every time you slip into a kimono style jacket or one of our plus size kimono robes. So even if you’re just lounging in a casual kimono robe at home, you’ll feel draped in luxury, confidence, and beauty fit for the queen you truly are.

Mio Kimono Robe
Photo by Stephanie Russo
A Little Luxury Added to Your Every Day

We know that life gets so intense so fast! Whether you’re a mom, a business owner, an artist, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a friend, or any other role that the modern woman holds in our society, we know your days are busy and your attention is constantly pulled. It’s easy to feel frazzled and rushed. Our mission is that each time you slip into a kimono style jacket over your jeans, or slip into a silk kimono robe at home, your day feels that much more uplifted in a little luxury you can bring with you everywhere you go. We hope that touch of luxury slows you down, grounds you in the present moment, and allows you to feel the joy that the little luxuries can bring.

No matter who you are and no matter how you wear our charmeuse and silk kimono robes, our biggest dream is that you feel like the best, most confident version of you. Because at the end of the day, you, lovely, are the most beautiful part of wearing these pieces.

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