If there was a magazine like that, what would you like to see in it?
Hello, first I’d like to say I love your sense of style. I wear and collect kimono but I just don’t blog about it. There are plenty of other people such as yourself who do a great job at that.
If there was a kimono magazine aimed at people outside of Japan I would rather it be called “global kimono style” or something that was more inclusive. Not everyone who is non-Japanese would consider themselves “western”. As for what I’d include in it… it’s hard to narrow down so I don’t write a huge block of text that goes on forever lol! Some people have already mentioned my initial thoughts, like tips and tricks for different body shapes and sizes.
Where to buy kimono. List of online stores and real boutiques and focus on one every magazine. Climate tips (I live in a really hot, humid, sweaty climate which really affects what I wear and how I wear it). Interview a different person every issue to discuss kimono culture around the world. How to clean different types of kimono without access to traditional methods. Shooz. Seriously, what to do about footwear if you don’t fit average Japanese sizes. In Japan I wear a 2L which can be frustrating. How to dress on a budget. Sewing tips, substitutions, crafting your own kimono acessories like Obidome. Hairstyles. How to dress for different occasions. Spotlight on unique fashion. Directory of kitsuke, tea ceremony, kyudo, and ikebana schools in the back of the magazine.
I could also think of a hundred different articles about kimono history, evolution, kimono in specific contexts, where to find kimono in Japan, interviews with designers…
Is this a project that may actually materialize? I thought that Go Hime was making a magazine but it just sort of dissipated. I don’t know any background info about the creators but it was cool while it lasted.
Thank you for your response! I’m saving everything that people say so I can reference it later. I just want to address the name “Western Girl Kimono Style”. IF I end up doing something like that, the magazine will reflect my thoughts, style, perspective, etc. It will not be designed to encompass everyone outside of Japan, and the name reflects the way I think of myself.