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The kimono きもの/着物 "thing to wear" – from the verb kiru 着る. Basically, in Japanese it simply means clothes. It became the word for traditional Japanese garment during the Heian period (794-1195), and the national costume of Japan. Kimonos are usually worn for formal occasions, traditional festivals or ceremonies.
There are different type of "kimonos" which tend to be less formal for example: Hantens (winter coat), Yukata (summer kimonos) or Happis (shop keepers, workers uniform). We offer a variety of vintage Japanese kimonos and hantens, be sure to check them out here.
Happi jackets were born in the Edo period by Buke (family clan of Samurai). Happi is a kind of jacket with family crest on the back. In this period, people below the Samurai class were not allowed to wear Haori jackets (kimono style jacket) or Happi jacket. Workers admired Happi that they made Happi-like jacket with a different shaped collars. This is the origin of Shirushi Banten (Hanten). Hanten was worn by fire-fighters, shop keepers, laborers. They dyed their identity emblem on the back. At the end of Edo period, there was no distinction between Happi and Hanten. We call also hanten, a puffy winter coat.
Kimonos, originally and traditionally are worn in a specific way but we believe that kimonos can be worn by anyone in the world and regardless of your age and in your everyday life. Kimonos can be worn by either man or woman. Our selection is more masculine but if you like it we believe you should follow your fashion instinct!
You have 14 days to return the product if you are not satisfied. The product should be returned in the same condition as when you received it. The shipping costs incurred during the delivery of your package will not be included in your refund.
Hygienic products such as masks (Adult and Junior size) will not be reimbursed, unless the product is defective or if we made a mistake in the order.
The products are being shipped from Paris, France and the rest of the world. Delivery time depends on where you are. You will receive a tracking number, with the shipping companies' delivery date estimation. Please bear in mind that delivery date as you know can change and are not always predictable. Because of COVID-19 delays can be expected, thank you for your comprehension. We also want the products to be shipped to you as fast as possible!
Vintage means it has been used, and each item is unique. Please bear in mind that these are not always in perfect shape, sometimes with small holes, color imperfections...but we believe that it's what makes them unique and filled with history. Our japanese vintage hantens and kimonos all have a story behind them, and are all unique pieces full of soul.
As we sell vintage kimonos all the sizes are different and informed on each product. The size depends on your taste and need. Feel free to wear it the way you want.
We always recommend to dry clean the vintage kimonos as the fabric are sensitive and the colors can bleed.
Here is how to fold your Haori:
Here is how to fold your Kimono:
Here is how to fold your Nagajuban:
Here is how to fold your Hanten or Happi: