Kimono House

★★★★☆
  • 131 Thompson St B

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: on the corner of Thompson Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-505-0232

About Kimono House

Hours
11:30AM-7PM Monday through Saturday Sunday 12PM-6PM

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Authentic goods, direct from Japan. Excellent choice of kimonos and hairos. Found what I wanted on a limited budget with no complaints. Tea ceremony sets, bowls and decorated bamboo chopsticks. Not to mention great hats. Attentive

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★★★★★

Authentic goods, direct from Japan. Excellent choice of kimonos and hairos. Found what I wanted on a limited budget with no complaints. Tea ceremony sets, bowls and decorated bamboo chopsticks. Not to mention great hats. Attentive

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After having read mixed reviews on City Search of Kimino House, I was prepared for anything from fantastic to awful.
In fact the service could not have been more attentive and expert. KH is run by a Japanse lady and her American husband,

3
★★★★★

After having read mixed reviews on City Search of Kimino House, I was prepared for anything from fantastic to awful.
In fact the service could not have been more attentive and expert. KH is run by a Japanse lady and her American husband,

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When I walked into the shop, I was excited. Yes, it may have a smaller display area then they used to, but they have quite a large inventory in shelves, baskets, rubbermaids, etc.

For example, I asked for tabi and out come two boxes full in every size!

I asked for obi, and there was a very good selection of half-width hanhaba obi, nagoya assymetrical obi, fukuro and maru double-fold obi.

A girl asked for kanzashi while I was ogling the obi, and I saw a big basket of many different types in every color and style!

So, please don't be taken back by the size of the space, or think "Oh, no. They only have haori jackets and kimono here." That was definately not the case and I loved exploring Kimono House!

By the way- if it means another to the reviewer: I am another kimono enthusist & heavy collector of items, so I know what to look for and this shop is great! Please support local outlets if you are interested in Japanese Culture in NYC!

2
★★★★★

When I walked into the shop, I was excited. Yes, it may have a smaller display area then they used to, but they have quite a large inventory in shelves, baskets, rubbermaids, etc.

For example, I asked for tabi and out come two boxes full in every size!

I asked for obi, and there was a very good selection of half-width hanhaba obi, nagoya assymetrical obi, fukuro and maru double-fold obi.

A girl asked for kanzashi while I was ogling the obi, and I saw a big basket of many different types in every color and style!

So, please don't be taken back by the size of the space, or think "Oh, no. They only have haori jackets and kimono here." That was definately not the case and I loved exploring Kimono House!

By the way- if it means another to the reviewer: I am another kimono enthusist & heavy collector of items, so I know what to look for and this shop is great! Please support local outlets if you are interested in Japanese Culture in NYC!

Pros: Much, much more then meets the eye!

Cons: Appears small- but you can request items

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I visited this shop first. I have few knowledge about kimono, but am interested in Japanese culture. I asked a shop owner what should I buy for wearing kimono. The shop is small and cheap. The kimonos looked cheap, but surprisingly they are more expensive than I had expected. The shop owner selected some kimono goods for wearing kimono, but afterwards I realized that I have no obi ita, obi dome and obi age. She didn't explain the details. I think the shop owner is not kind especially for beginners. I never visit such worst shop. I feel upset.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I visited this shop first. I have few knowledge about kimono, but am interested in Japanese culture. I asked a shop owner what should I buy for wearing kimono. The shop is small and cheap. The kimonos looked cheap, but surprisingly they are more expensive than I had expected. The shop owner selected some kimono goods for wearing kimono, but afterwards I realized that I have no obi ita, obi dome and obi age. She didn't explain the details. I think the shop owner is not kind especially for beginners. I never visit such worst shop. I feel upset.

Pros: No good points

Cons: unkind, small place, dirty space and kimono, too expensive

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I happily visited Kimono House after I heard this shop has reopened. First I smelled bad in the shop. Soon I realized that this shop shows very old kimonos with bad qualities. I was really surprised their price tags. They are expensive compared with other shops both in NYC and on Web. I never recommend Kimono House.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I happily visited Kimono House after I heard this shop has reopened. First I smelled bad in the shop. Soon I realized that this shop shows very old kimonos with bad qualities. I was really surprised their price tags. They are expensive compared with other shops both in NYC and on Web. I never recommend Kimono House.

Pros: Real kimonos

Cons: Expensive, bad quality, small stuff

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Definitely expensive, but high-quality & worth it if they are indeed from the 1930s! Tiny pomeranian was asleep when I came, but cheerily licked my fingers & no problem. Lots of other goodies besides Kimonos to ogle--- I wish there had been teapots too, but it's a (beautifully) small store. I'd go again.

2
★★★★☆

Definitely expensive, but high-quality & worth it if they are indeed from the 1930s! Tiny pomeranian was asleep when I came, but cheerily licked my fingers & no problem. Lots of other goodies besides Kimonos to ogle--- I wish there had been teapots too, but it's a (beautifully) small store. I'd go again.

Pros: service/colors

Cons: no teapots

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I had been going to the kimono House for tea bowls and kimonos for two years now. As expected of Manhattan it is pricy but top quality imports are anyway. The shopkeeper and her assistant are darling, they will definately go the extra mile for their customers! They helped me choose the rights bowls and kimonos for my first tea ceremony; great people.
As for the dog, it did bother me at first but it's docile. It barks and weezes from it's old age; it usually stays behind the counter.

2
★★★★☆

I had been going to the kimono House for tea bowls and kimonos for two years now. As expected of Manhattan it is pricy but top quality imports are anyway. The shopkeeper and her assistant are darling, they will definately go the extra mile for their customers! They helped me choose the rights bowls and kimonos for my first tea ceremony; great people.
As for the dog, it did bother me at first but it's docile. It barks and weezes from it's old age; it usually stays behind the counter.

Pros: Insightful and quality customer service.

Cons: Small and sometimes stuffy.

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Well yes, it is tiny and very expensive but its the only store of its type nearby and this is Manhattan after all. I found the shop manager and her assistant to be very helpful and kind. They helped with my fussy toddler so I could look at their beautiful kimonos and were happy to pull kimono after kimono out for me without complaint. Yes, the small dog barks a lot but he's gentle and stops if you pet him. If you want quality Japanese clothing, you can find it here, to wear or display. They have some stunning vintage pieces as well as new stuff and lots of trinkets. If you want it cheap, you have to go further afield; convenience doesn't come cheap.

2
★★★★☆

Well yes, it is tiny and very expensive but its the only store of its type nearby and this is Manhattan after all. I found the shop manager and her assistant to be very helpful and kind. They helped with my fussy toddler so I could look at their beautiful kimonos and were happy to pull kimono after kimono out for me without complaint. Yes, the small dog barks a lot but he's gentle and stops if you pet him. If you want quality Japanese clothing, you can find it here, to wear or display. They have some stunning vintage pieces as well as new stuff and lots of trinkets. If you want it cheap, you have to go further afield; convenience doesn't come cheap.

Pros: Beautiful kimonos, helpful & knowledgeable staff, easy location

Cons: Very expensive, barking dog, shop is small

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I had high hopes for this little shop, hoping that it would be my outlet for much missed Japanese goods and clothing. However, the kimonos are way overpriced and the store is claustrophobic. You are greeted by a barking dog, and if you can move without knocking something over you will discover the owner who appears demure but is pushy. Buyer beware, she ordered the wrong item and still insisted I take the item!

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★★☆☆☆

I had high hopes for this little shop, hoping that it would be my outlet for much missed Japanese goods and clothing. However, the kimonos are way overpriced and the store is claustrophobic. You are greeted by a barking dog, and if you can move without knocking something over you will discover the owner who appears demure but is pushy. Buyer beware, she ordered the wrong item and still insisted I take the item!

Pros: location, knick knack variety

Cons: rip off, rude service

 

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