< ABOUT FURUKI YO-KIMONO VINTAGE >
Furuki Yo-Kimono Vintage is run by London based vintage kimono dealer Sonoe Sugawara. The name is a play on the Japanese expression, Furuki Yo-Kimono Vintage (ふるきよきもの) which means ‘good old things’. Sonoe has been collecting vintage kimono for years and has become a source for Western kimono lovers including museums, designers of the world’s leading fashion brands and film costume designers.
In 2009 Sonoe started to her vintage kimono stall in the Old Spitalfields Antique Market in East London. In 2019, she opened her permanent shop in Dalston,
In 2020, Sonoe collaborated with the Victoria & Albert Museum for the KIMONO: Kyoto to Catwalk Exhibition which is renowned as the world first major kimono exhibition outside Japan.
< OUR COLLECTION >
The main collection of our kimonos are from 1920-30s pre-war period known in Japan as the Taisho period and Japanese Art Deco period when Western modernism mingled with Japanese tradition. The collection also includes kimonos from Japanese imperial / samurai families, wartime propaganda kimono, and “boro" (indigo Japanese folk workwear / workwear & textiles), all handpicked by Sonoe.
Most kimono can be unisex, reversible (if you wear casually) a very much wearable for many occasions. Some materials and techniques used in vintage kimono are hard to find in modern kimono or are much higher in price, because of the exquisite workmanship involving much greater time and effort. Vintage kimono can be regarded as wearable works of art, but the most important thing is to just enjoy wearing kimono.
In addition if you care sustainability of fashion, choosing vintage kimono is a great option. Vintage kimono is the ultimate sustainable wear.
< SOCIAL MEDIA >
Please also visit the FURUKI YO-KIMONO instagram or Facebook page (@furukiyokimonovintage) . As the shopping page in this website has currently not large selection of items. But Sonoe is showing much more kimono pictures on her social media. However the best way to see our large collection is still to visit our physical shop in Dalston.
If you contact the shop Sonoe can manually assist your shopping.
<< SHOP >>
Open by appointment / selected dates
◆Address: Pod 15, The Factory Dalston, 21-31 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2DA
Nearest stations: Dalston Kingsland / Dalston Junction on overground
Please contact to make an appointment or check the event page / our instagram or facebook page (@furukiyokimonovintage) for the latest opening dates and all other information.
Thank you very much for reading and enjoy the most of our vintage kimono.