Best way to Buy Kimono?
People frequently ask us what the best way to buy Kimono online from Japan. Any scam cases? Here is our recommendation.
We receive many inquiries about our Japan travel information. At the same time many also asked us where they can get Kimono from Japan. Like any online shop in this world, there seem several scam cases where no product arrived and the customer got a very different item from what they ordered.
In Japan there is a saying " the cheap person loses more ": meaning that if one trying to get really cheap item, the person even loses more to get a item with no value or even with more trouble attached.
The best and safest way to source your Kimono and Yukata from Japan is...be in Japan visiting all the Kimono shops around the country like in Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo. You need to feel the products and see the details. Today we do not often see people in Kimono but in the old time everybody wore Kimono in Japan, which means Japan is the big Kimono source of the world. If you look into the closet of many Japanese family, there are two or three set of Kimono( Furisode, Uchikake, Houmongi, Tomesode, Hakama, Yukata etc.) sleeping.
If you buy the second hand Kimono, it is almost always that Kimono are not washed even at once. Kimono is made of fragile textile like silk and needs to be kept in a special care so that the vintage value does not go away. Many vintage Kimono have survived over 10-50 years carrying the stories of each owner. The "story" means sometimes just some spots! The most the former owner loves the item, the more probably the Kimono went through a lot before reaching your hand.
What to look when buying Kimono online?
There are always good side and bad side for things, right? Travelling to Japan is not cheap. And, many shop staff do not speak English to explain what the items are. Also, some shop staff are very good at talk and some experienced buying what they did not need really...
In this sense, online shop is where you can take your time and decide with your free will.
There are several online Kimono shops with credit. If you follow some basic rules, you can find great Kimono online from Japan.
Stick to the basic of shopping:
Always read the description
As we mentioned above, there are almost always "stories" on each Kimono. If you buy online, when you get the item in your hand, you always have the risk of finding something you did not find when ordering on PC/smartphone screen. Some shops deliberately not disclose it even.
Trust worthy online Kimono shops have the detailed descriptions about the item as to if any spot, dirt, damage, sunburn, hole. Gorgeous Kimono or rare design Kimono sell very fast thus it is sometimes a matter of time if you can get it and you want to decide quick and pay quick. Some online shoppers buy without reading the description. In other words, if you find no description, just do not buy it.
Always read reviews
As the shop does not exist in your area, you can not go around and hear what their customers say about the shop. (sometimes the shop does not even exist online!) Word of mouth is so important. If shop review available, always read the reviews first. Usually even when the official shop website has no review, if you go to Amazon, eBay or Etsy, there are always reviews to check. How great and authentic the shop may look to you and if no review, just do not buy it.
If not sure, always ask
If you have anything uncertain, do not forget to ask the seller. With this, you learn what type of person the seller is, how quick and well organized the response is, how well the seller is familiar with Kimono. If there is no response, it is a sign the shop is not well maintained or non-exist. Even though you could buy an item from such a shop, you may have possible problems later.
Best online Kimono shop from Japan
It is simple that we work with the people who run the shop.
Among numerous shopping service/forwarding service vendors, Kaeru Parcels has achieved one of the highest credibility. Countless customers have thanked us for the speed and care for details (we, the Kaeru team, even must thank the warehouse managers and customer service staff in the Kaeru office for this!).
We work closely with the team of Salz Tokyo fashion brand and we know that they work hard searching for the high quality Kimono around Japan and checking their items with the highest care and being honest with the quality of items to their customers. Salz Tokyo puts all information about spot, colour, damage etc. So that you know what you get. In addition to our word, you can see their trust level from the reviews of their Etsy shop.
Salz Tokyo is a small business trying hard everyday to spread Kimono culture to the world. Kaeru team supports these type of small businesses internationally.
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