At KIM+ONO, tradition and family is always at the heart of what we do. From the family history of our co-founders, sisters Renee and Tiffany Tam, to the meaningful way they’ve designed modern women’s kimono robe for the modern woman, each piece is stitched with the intention that you’ll wear it for a lifetime. And for us, it’s not just about the longevity and quality of a product (although that’s high on our list of values and why we work with expert craftsmen and craftswomen on creating each handcrafted piece), but it’s also about expressing your own story each time you wear it.
For us, the beauty of a kimono robe is that it transforms with your life. Your kimono outfit can be your favorite piece to wear out for a walk around your neighborhood, or the only thing you wear postpartum so that you can easily nurse while still feeling beautiful and comfortable. Each and every time you wear your kimono robe, you are weaving in the story of who you are. Your story, all of its ups and downs, its successes and challenges, is a beautiful one. And we designed our women’s kimono robes to be a part of your lifelong journey. So much so, that we hope you will pass your piece down from generation to generation, just as the Tam family has done with their family business, to always honor your journey and know that you are beautiful and strong every step of the way. So today in the journal, we’re honoring a few different stages of life and celebrating how your kimono robe can be a small part of each and every one.
While times are challenging and we’re not quite “out and about” in the way we used to be, the good news is your long kimono robe can go with you wherever you do go. Perhaps that’s just a simple walk around the block, or maybe it’s to a casual socially distanced date in the park with your best friend. Wherever you go, your long kimono robe can come with you because it serves as a beautiful lightweight layer as temperatures get cooler. And when we are through this season, hopefully your kimono robe can remind you of the strength and resilience you had, even when it didn’t feel that way.
You may not be traveling as much as usual, but you can always bring a sense of serenity and calm to you when you slip into your silk kimono robe. As a light layer for the beach, your women’s kimono robe is a delicate touch to easy mornings and slow afternoons. If you’re not at the beach or traveling to somewhere relaxing this year, make your own sanctuary with morning rituals that ground you and bring you calm. Slip into your kimono outfit, light your favorite candle, sip some tea and remind yourself that rest is an essential part of showing up fully to your whole life.
When you include KIM+ONO as a small part of your big day, we are so very honored each and every time! This is one of the biggest days in your life, and choosing a wedding kimono robe to wear while you’re getting ready and taking photos means that you are creating a family heirloom. As you start your new life with your partner, you are creating all sorts of memories with every choice you make for your special day. Whether you’re at city hall, in your friend’s backyard, eloping, or having a big, traditional wedding day, your celebration of love is profound. Your wedding kimono robe is a reminder every day of that love and will be a reminder as you pass it down through your family generation after generation.
As a team of mothers ourselves, we at KIM+ONO know how important it is to have versatile pieces to wear. Whether you’re pregnant and need a little extra room as your belly grows, or nursing and need something beautiful to wear that’s also easy to slip on and off, your kimono outfit can transform with your body and your routine. And our Washable Silk Collection allows you to feel like the queen you are, even in the midst of kid messes and the sometimes chaos of family time.
While many of us are working from home, it can get pretty monotonous (sartorially, speaking) to not have any reason to get dressed up. In fact, you may have relied on a few key pairs of sweatpants to get you through several months! To uplevel your Zoom game and bring a little more beauty to your Work From Home look, add a kimono outfit to your schedule. You can easily drape it over your shoulders if you’re wearing a relaxing romper, or tie it with a belt to make it a kimono house dress. If you haven’t been able to work from home, a kimono outfit can be your go-to way to relax when you finally get home from the day. The kimono outfit you choose for your work from home look is a gentle reminder that you deserve to feel good each and every day.
With every time you wear your kimono robe, you are stitching your story into it. We know how important a family story is to the way you live your life and pursue your own dreams. Each time you slip into your favorite long kimono robe, we hope that you feel the power of your beauty and strength shining through. And we hope that you pass your kimono robe down generation to generation to instill your whole family with the sense of resilience and beauty from every stage of your life. Wear yours in good health and for years and years to come.