WHICH VINTAGE KIMONO DID I CHOOSE?

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Well here it is, the vintage kimono that came out top of the votes was the pink one with cranes (which I’ve been told represent long life and happiness). I know that some of you have been dying for the details of the kimono ‘flea market’, so here they are.

Ichiroya Kimono Flea Market is an Japanese online kimono boutique with literally thousands of kimonos and haori (shorter versions) to choose from. All kimonos are vintage, ranging from $38 up to $2000 depending on the age, skill involved and quality. The descriptions and details of each kimono are fantastic, with detailed images of every single flaw, measurements and history.

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Ichiroya ship internationally and the costs are pretty reasonable. My P&P cost $12.90 which in fact works out considerably cheaper than Net-A-Porter. All prices are in US dollars, but are converted into sterling on the website.

Just one tip when ordering. After placing your order, you will receive an email, followed by an invoice for payment. Because I ordered over the weekend, I had to wait until Monday to pay, but as long as you know that’s how it works, you won’t panic.

The service was brilliant, and with comments such as “I believe that the cranes on the lovely Kimono will bring good luck to you from Japan”, and “I hope your package will make you smile when you open it”, I just can’t wait for it to arrive.

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 A selection of vintage kimonos from Ichiroya Kimono Flea Market

WHICH VINTAGE KIMONO?

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The kimono has been steadily edging it’s way up the fashion must-have list since summer 2014, but I am predicting that this summer, the kimono, particularly the vintage kimono, is going to be a ‘thing’. I will be posting more about this in a week or two, but the reason for this post is that I have a dilemma and I need your help.

Since the end of February, I have been on the search for a light coat for spring. I have a trench, but I wanted more of a coat, something lighter than my winter coat, but not as lightweight as my mac. It then occurred to me that a kimono could be a fabulous alternative, and would look great with jeans and flats (or heels) or a simple dress.

The kimono is already seeping onto the high street – Topshop, ASOS, H&M – but I’m a lover of vintage and always prefer something a little more authentic. Of course, I’ve taken it one step further, which tends to be a habit of mine, and have found the most amazing online ‘kimono market’ based in Japan.

I have spent weeks trawling through [literally] thousands of kimonos and have managed to whittle it down to two rather beautiful two vintage ones. The problem is, I can’t decide between them. If you could help me choose, I would be very grateful… either comment below, tweet or send me a message on Facebook. After the weekend, I shall take the plunge and order the vintage kimono with the most votes!

So here goes…

Kimono #1

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Kimono #2

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