Kimono House News

HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS
Saturday 8th of April 2017
We will be closed over the 4 days of the Easter weekend including Friday 14 to Monday 17 April.

We will also be closed Tuesday 25 April for the Anzac Day public holiday.
"MY BLUE HEAVEN" Exhibition 28 March-22 April
Wednesday 29th of March 2017
The March edition of Textiles Downunder magazine has a feature by Leanne O'Sullivan, the owner of Kimono House, about Japanese BORO textiles. An exhibition of Leanne's personal collection of indigo textiles including garments and patchwork opened on 28 March. The beautiful blue textiles of Boro, Katazome, kasuri, shibori and sashiko will be hanging at Kimono House until 22 April. Closed over Easter including Friday 14 to Monday 17 April.
SUMMER EXHIBITION
Tuesday 7th of February 2017
Saturday 11 to Friday 24 February 10am-5pm Closed Sundays & Mondays

‘Kimono Portraits’ Reflections of Japan and its People
by Maria Giannoukas & Theo Giannoukas

An interesting collaboration of skills including visual and textile art to create unique collage portraits stitched in vintage and hand-dyed kimono fabric.

This series of humble portraits inspired by the artists’ personal experiences and relationship with Japan will be exhibited for the first time at Kimono House.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS
Wednesday 21st of December 2016
Kimono House will close for our summer break from 5pm Friday 23 December until January 10. Thanks to all our customers for your support over the year. We wish you all the best of the season and look forward to another creative year together in 2017.
JAPANESE FESTIVE MARKET 25 NOV to 23 DEC
Wednesday 23rd of November 2016
Kimono House gallery space becomes a festive market until Christmas. Come along to find unique Japanese gifts, festive decorations & craft kits with some bargains from our storeroom!

Opening 25 November with twilight shopping until 7pm this Friday only
CLOSED FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Friday 23rd of September 2016
Kimono House will be closed on Friday 30 September for the AFL Grand Final Public Holiday in Melbourne. We will be open for trading as usual 10am-5pm Saturday 1 October.
"Sudden Shower" Exhibition by the Bond Family
Tuesday 13th of September 2016
A collection of work handcrafted in the Japanese tradition by the Bond Family will be in our gallery space 17 September to 15 October.

Sashiko, Shibori, Temari, Papercraft, Woodwork and more......

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays Mondays and Public Holidays

Introductory Talk 2pm Sat 17 September
JAPANESE ART SHOW 'mywa' - August 13 to 26
Tuesday 2nd of August 2016
A group exhibition by four Japanese artists, 2 based in Tokyo and 2 living in Melbourne will be in our gallery space for 2 weeks.

Shin5 - Calligraphy
Ikumi Bowles - Watercolour/Papier
Emi Kamataki - Sumi-e/Ikkanbari
Himeko Kamataki - Sakiori Weaving

A rare opportunity to come and meet the artists for a chat amongst their work or purchase directly from them. There will be 2 events during the exhibition to celebrate.

Saturday 13 August 2pm Tea Ceremony
Saturday 20 August 2pm Sumi Performance
PopUp Shop CANCELLED
Wednesday 13th of April 2016
Unfortunately Jen from 'A Piece of Cloth' American Vintage Fabric has had to cancel her plans for a PopUp shop at Kimono House in May.
POP-UP SHOP Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 May CANCELLED
Wednesday 13th of April 2016
“A Piece of Cloth” American Vintage Fabric Popup Shop in May.

East meets West at Kimono House in the early days of May.
We are delighted to host Jennifer from “A Piece of Cloth” as she sets up shop in our studio space with her range of original vintage American quilt tops, fabric bolts, fabric packs, quilt blocks and more. Specialising in authentic 1920’s-1950’s prints and feedsacks so be sure to come in and see the real deal!.

Doors open 10am each day until 5pm.
BORO The Thread of Life EXHIBITION
Wednesday 13th of January 2016
6-20 FEBRUARY 2016 10am-5pm Tue-Sat

Kimono House Gallery will have a textile and photography exhibition on Japanese Rag Patchwork. A collection of BORO textiles with photography of the cloth by Darron Davies will be open to visitors for 2 weeks in February with a twilight viewing until 7pm on Saturday 20 Feb.
Artist Talk 3pm Saturday 6 Feb
Boro Stitching Demonstration 1pm Thursday 11 Feb
SUMMER HOLIDAYS
Monday 21st of December 2015
Kimono House will close for our summer break from 5pm Wednesday 23 December and reopen 10am Tuesday 12 January 2016.

Wishing you all the best of the season and look forward to another creative year together in 2016.
POP-UP SHOP 30 September and 1 October
Friday 25th of September 2015
10am-5pm Wednesday and Thursday

ROOPA PEMMARAJU is an ethical and fair trade, luxury womenswear line featuring original print designs by renowned Indigenous Australian artists. We are excited to have their popup shop in our gallery space for 2 days only. Stunning pieces - be quick!!
CLOSED FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2
Friday 25th of September 2015
Kimono House will be closed on Friday 2 November for the AFL Grand Final Public Holiday. We will be open as usual the next day Saturday 3 November 10am-5pm.
From Tokyo Chic to Melbourne Fashion
Friday 28th of August 2015
FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 10am-7pm
SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 10am-5pm
Kimono House celebrates the new season with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. A vintage kimono exhibition is the perfect backdrop for our popup boutique. Our unique range of dresses, tops and skirts in Japanese kimono silk, cotton and wool are available for 2 days only. There is sure to be some special piece in our range for your new spring wardrobe.
"Winter Forest" Quilt Art Exhibition
Wednesday 3rd of June 2015
We are excited to be a part of Winter in the City of Melbourne and to have multi-award winning textile artist Takashi Katahira here from Japan in July. Takashi will have his first Australian exhibition of quilt art in our gallery space July 4-18 Tuesday to Saturday 11am-4pm. Meet the artist Saturday 4 July 4pm-6pm or join his one-day embroidery and applique workshop to create your own art quilt in miniature inspired by the exhibition's title piece "Winter Forest".
For workshop go to http://kimonohouse.com.au/?page=product&id=435
For exhibition information go to http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Exhibitions/DesignandCraft/Pages/b5b42d78-86b5-4f53-b269-60a04bbfeada.aspx
Easter Trading Hours
Monday 23rd of March 2015
Kimono House will be closed over the Easter weekend. Happy Easter!

Thursday 2 April - OPEN 10am-5pm
Friday 3 April - CLOSED
Saturday 4 April - CLOSED
Sunday 5 April - CLOSED
Monday 6 April - CLOSED
Tuesday 7 April - OPEN 10am-5pm
KIMONO HOUSE HAS MOVED..... but not far!
Tuesday 10th of February 2015
Kimono House is excited to announce we have moved! We are still in the Nicholas Building and on the same floor but just a bigger and better space.

Now our shop, studio and classroom are all together and we also have a gallery space.
New trading hours include Tuesdays so we are now open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday.

When you come to the Nicholas Building, exit the lifts on Level 2, turn left as you did before and you will see our big double doors open to welcome you in. Our street address is still Level 2 Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne (near corner Flinders Lane).

Our light-filled classroom and gallery space are now available for exhibitions and casual rental so we look forward to receiving any proposals from interested teachers and artists.
HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS
Wednesday 24th of December 2014
Kimono House will be open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm until Christmas Eve. We will be closed for summer break from 3pm December 24 until 10am January 14. Wishing you the best of the season.
Flinders Quarter Shopping Night 5-9pm Dec 11
Thursday 11th of December 2014
Come along and join us as part of the Flinders Quarter Shopping Night this Thursday Dec 11.
All your favourite stores will be open late 5-9pm
Flinders Lane
Manchester Lane
Degraves St
Centre Place
Scott Alley
Campbell Arcade
Cathedral Arcade
Nicholas Building Open Studios
Wednesday 20th of August 2014
OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building is celebrating its 10 year anniversary!
During this intimate twilight event you are invited to visit specialist retail spaces,
galleries and artist studios.

As part of this event KIMONO HOUSE will have extended trading hours until 9pm on
Thursday 28 August and Friday 29 August. Other participants in the building will have
their doors open from 4pm for you to visit.
Holiday Trading Hours
Tuesday 15th of April 2014
Kimono House will be closed for the long weekend over Easter from Friday 18 April and will re-open Wednesday 23 April.

We will be closed for Anzac Day on Friday 25 April and open on Saturday 26 April.
Closing at 2pm Today Friday 17 January
Friday 17th of January 2014
Hope you are surviving Melbourne's heatwave. We are closing today at 2pm and will be back tomorrow Saturday 18 January 11am - 4pm.

Take care out there!
Holiday Trading Hours
Friday 20th of December 2013
Kimono House will be taking our usual summer break and close from 4pm Saturday 22 December.
Appointments can be made to visit our shop from Monday 6 January 2014.
We will re-open with usual trading hours from Wednesday 15 January.
wishing you all the best of the season.

FABRIC & CRAFT KIT SALE - 4 DAYS ONLY
Saturday 30th of November 2013
Take advantage of our fabric sale including 20% off all the fabric on our shelves - kimono fabric bundles, Fat Quarter bundles, laminated cotton, single Fat Quarters and our bolts of cotton prints and kimono fabric are all discounted. 20% off all Kimono House craft kits too!! Wednesday 4 - Saturday 7 December
10am-5pm
CHRISTMAS AT KIMONO HOUSE
Saturday 30th of November 2013
We've been busy gathering special Japanese gifts and trims to have in our shop throughout December. Come along and sip a cup of Japanese tea while you browse for a gift or unique festive trim. Don’t forget we also have gift vouchers and can arrange gift certificates for any of our workshops too.
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER EARLY CLOSING
Saturday 16th of November 2013
Kimono House will be closing earlier than usual for one day only.
On Saturday 23 November we will be open 11am-2pm. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Nicholas Building Open Studio
Friday 2nd of August 2013
Now in its 9th year, the Nicholas Building Open Studio evenings
provide a rare behind the scenes glimpse of one of Melbourne's
unique creative hubs. As part of this event Kimono House will have extended trading hours until 9pm on Thursday 29 & Friday 30 August. Other participants in the building will have their doors open from 4pm for you to visit.
NEW TRADING HOURS
Friday 2nd of August 2013
Kimono House has changed trading hours. We are now open

10am-5pm Wednesday to Friday
11am-4pm Saturday

We are happy to be here on Tuesdays too if you call before your visit.
Holiday Trading Days
Tuesday 18th of December 2012
Kimono House shop will be open every day before Christmas Eve except Sundays. We will take our summer break from 4pm Saturday 22 December and re-open 10am Monday 14 January. Wishing you all the best of the season.
CHRISTMAS MARKET
Wednesday 21st of November 2012
Over the last few weeks of spring we've been busy gathering special Japanese gifts and trims for our Christmas market. Come along and sip a cup of Japanese tea while you browse for a gift or unique festive trim during our 3-day event. Don’t forget we also have gift vouchers and can arrange gift certificates for Fabric Club membership or any of our workshops too.
“Marche Rouge” is on at the same time with other shops in the Nicholas Building too!
10am-8pm Thu 29 & Fri 30 November 10am-5pm Sat 1 December
PRECUT FABRIC SALE - 3 DAYS ONLY
Wednesday 21st of November 2012
While you are in the shop for the Christmas market take advantage of our precut fabric sale including 20% off all the precut fabric on our shelves - kimono fabric bundles, Fat Quarter bundles, laminated cotton, single Fat Quarters and a selection of 1mtr cotton prints precut from our bolts are all discounted over the 3 days only.
Thursday 29 & Friday 30 November 10am-8pm Saturday 1 December 10am-5pm
Open Studios at Nicholas Building
Thursday 16th of August 2012
Now in its 8th year, the Nicholas Building Open Studio evenings
provide a rare behind the scenes glimpse of one of Melbourne's
unique creative hubs. As part of this event Kimono House will have extended trading hours until 9pm on Thursday 16 & Friday 17 August. Other participants in the building will have their doors open from 4pm for you to visit.
Nicole Mallalieu Book Signing - Saturday 28 April 3.30pm-4.30pm
Wednesday 4th of April 2012
The talented bag & garment pattern designer, Nicole Mallalieu, will be at Kimono House to sign copies of her book "You SEW Girl". Books available with a $5 discount 3.30pm-4.30pm Saturday 28 April. Nikki will be bringing samples of projects from her book and there will be refreshments served too!!
Happy Easter Holidays
Wednesday 4th of April 2012
Kimono House will be taking our usual break over Easter. we will close at 6pm on Thursday 5 April and reopen 10am Tuesday 10 April.
Have a delicious Easter everyone!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Wednesday 21st of December 2011
Kimono House will be closed for our 2 week summer break from 5pm Friday 23 December and reopen 11am Wednesday 11 January.

We wish you all the best of the season and look forward to another creative year in 2012.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT - 1,2 & 3 December
Monday 28th of November 2011
Come along to see us as part of the Christmas Market with traders & pop-up shops on levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Nicholas Building.
Thursday & Friday 10am-8pm Saturday 10am-6pm. For full details of traders and pop-up shops at the market see the Nicholas Building blog on http://thenicholasbuilding.blogspot.com/
FABRIC SALE (PRECUT ONLY)
Monday 28th of November 2011
Over the 3 days of our Christmas Market on 1,2 & 3 December we will have a sale on all precut fabric with 20% off all fabric bundles, laminated and cotton Fat Quarters and a selection of 1mtr cotton precut from our bolts.
FUNDRAISER THANK YOU
Monday 28th of November 2011
Thanks to all those who contributed to our fundraising over the past few months to raise money for the Japan Tsunami Appeal. We reached our goal and beyond with a final amount of $2436.85 collected from kimono sales and donations. All funds raised have been donated to the Red Cross.
FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR JAPAN TSUNAMI APPEAL
Thursday 18th of August 2011

To further support and help raise money for the Japan tsunami appeal, Kimono House will host a 4-day kimono exhibition and 2-day kimono bazaar. All proceeds will be donated to the Japan Red Cross.

KIMONO EXHIBIT

WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST to SATURDAY 20 AUGUST 12pm-5pm (12pm-7pm Friday 19 August)

Selected kimono and related items from our own collection will be displayed for 4 days. Gold coin donation entry.


KIMONO BAZAAR

FRIDAY 19 AUGUST 12pm-7pm SATURDAY 20 AUGUST 12pm-5pm

A shipment of kimono and obi has been specially sourced and priced to raise funds for this 2-day bazaar.



VENUE: Pigment Gallery 2nd Floor Nicholas Building Cnr Swanston St and Flinders Lane Melbourne.


WE DO HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US TO HELP SUPPORT THIS CAUSE SO CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS
SHOP HOURS Thursday 4 August
Wednesday 3rd of August 2011
We will be open from 12.30pm on Thursday 4 August.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Delivery Delays for On-line Orders
Saturday 21st of May 2011
Any on-line orders made with us from today until end May will be processed 31 May. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Hide & Seek
Tuesday 1st of March 2011
HIDE & SEEK
A new set of 4 Melbourne Hide & Seek books will be launched today and Kimono House features in the title "Treasure Trove" now available at our shop for $14.95. This handy book includes many Melbourne hidden treasures for shopping and the other 3 titles in the set cover bars, food and interesting places to visit. Thanks to the publishers for inviting us to be a part of these handy little Melbourne guides!
SUMMER HOLIDAYS
Friday 24th of December 2010
Kimono House will close for our summer break from 1pm Christmas Eve until January 12. Thanks to all our customers for your support over the year. We wish you all the best of the season and look forward to another creative year together in 2011.
New Craft Kits - available now on-line
Tuesday 7th of December 2010
We have been busy this year developing a new range of craft kits to add to our collection.
Designed with the beginner in mind, most of the kits can be hand-stitched and are suitable for any skill level.
Just in time for Christmas these will make a great gift or something to do over the holidays.
Christmas Market 3rd & 4th December
Friday 3rd of December 2010
10AM-8PM FRIDAY & 10AM-4PM SATURDAY We will be part of a Christmas market 2nd floor of the Nicholas Building again this year. Come along to find some interesting and unique gifts from all the tenants on our floor and other friends within the building.
New Weaving Workshop
Friday 3rd of December 2010
We have had a new workshop added to our program for summer.

ZORI is one of the traditional Japanese footwear in a similar shape to the thongs we see today.

For the first time in Melbourne, Shintaro Tokairin from Japan, invites you to his hands-on workshop to make the environmentally friendly and most of all, very unique and original nuno zori for you to own this summer. See workshop list to make a booking.
Crafternoon Changes
Tuesday 6th of July 2010
We are really sorry about this but our Crafternoon days for July have been cancelled. Please contact us for the next scheduled date for these drop-in sessions during winter.
Nicholas Building Open Studio
Tuesday 6th of July 2010
The dates have been confirmed for this year's Open Studio evenings in our much loved Nicholas Building. Come along and see the work of our talented neighbours as they open their studio doors for this once-a-year event. A rare chance to purchase directly from several of the artists and designers of the Nicholas Building. THURSDAY 19 & FRIDAY 20 AUGUST 4-9PM
CRAFTERNOON
Tuesday 25th of May 2010
Kimono House will host a series of Crafternoons during the winter months. We open our studio space 2 afternoons a month for you to come and use for your own craft project.
Dates are: 1-4pm Sat 12 June, Wed 7 & Sat 24 July, Wed 4 & Sat 21 August, Wed 8 & Sat 25 September 2010. No fee to join in but sewing machine rental if required.
WINTER WORKSHOPS
Tuesday 25th of May 2010
The new program through to end September 2010 has been finalised. Our teacher's return to inspire you this winter with some new classes in bag, purse, quilt and a fabulous skirt panel.
VERY excited to have Yoshiko Wada with us for a masterclass in shibori and indigo dyeing during her visit to Australia in September.
NEW FABRIC ARRIVALS
Tuesday 25th of May 2010
The new winter fabrics are now on the shelf and available on-line. We have a new range of quilted cottons - fabulous for making bags and baby throws this winter.


Easter Holidays
Saturday 6th of March 2010
Kimono House will be closed for the Easter weekend from Good Friday 2 April and will reopen Wednesday 7 April.



Festive Season
Thursday 17th of December 2009
Kimono House will be closed for a summer break from Christmas Day until mid January. We will reopen for shop trading from Wednesday 13 January.

To ensure your purchase of any gift, workshop or Fabric Club certificates arrive in time for Christmas please call us on 03 9639 0565 to make arrangements.

We wish you all the best of the season.
Sayonara
Saturday 10th of October 2009
Well it's that time of year again and Leanne is heading off to Japan next week to find some more goodies. She's looking forward to seeing what's new and some of her old favourites!

Kazuko will be here taking care of business (and you!) while Leanne is away. Watch this space to see when her new-found treasures hit the shelves here at Kimono House.

"Handmade in Melbourne" Launch of 2nd Edition
Tuesday 1st of September 2009

Recently you may have seen the new edition of Handmade in Melbourne on bookshelves. This book references 200 of Melbourne’s makers of art and craft with some beautiful images and a little “window” of text about each individual. Leanne would like to thank the editors for approaching her to be a part of this updated version and is thrilled to be included in this book about Melbourne’s creative community.
If you haven’t seen a copy yet please ask us next time you visit Kimono House.
New Look Kimono House Website
Tuesday 1st of September 2009
Welcome to the new Kimono House website. Matt and Simon have been so busy with the development and we are so happy to finally see the launch. Let us know what you think - we would love to hear from you!