a whispering advice from a friend who says "never say never….."
I find that my work at Montsuki is not over.
I believed back in January 2016 that it was time to close Montsuki after 37 years in business and to pursue my other interests. Montsuki began in 1979 with my mother Janet Yamasaki at 1223 Hopaka Street in Kakaako. In 1991 Montsuki moved to a larger space in Kaimuki expanding its manufacturing and retail area.
In April of this year, I had the opportunity to move to Manoa to complete the pending orders. I have since had this time to reflect on my decision and could not say good-bye to Montsuki -- not just yet.
All these ideas keep floating in my head that I feel the need to continuously create to feel whole and content before letting go Montsuki completely. I still have many more boxes of fabrics (silk kimonos & obis, Japanese cottons and more) purchased over the years which I could not part with when closing Montsuki.
Is this fate, karma or destiny? So in early June I was asked to see a space at 1223 Koko Head Avenue and began to visualize an "atelier" or workroom. With my creativity, ingenuity and lots of physical work I have designed workroom "atelier 1223 at Montsuki". I will be showcasing clothing designs limited in styles, sizes, and fabric availability. Montsuki's in-house alterations will continue to be a complimentary service on new purchases.
For now, special orders will no longer be taken and our popular solid silk line will be unavailable.
I continue to have selected pieces of jewelry to sell at our new location.
At present, my Montsuki Ladies & I are sewing many Japanese washable "aizome" cottons and silks. Next, I will be featuring designs from washable colorful, graphic cotton "nobori" festival banners; many more designs from the silk kimonos and obis will follow. During this transitional period, I want to stay true to my vision as to what I wish to accomplish. Many thanks for your encouragement and interest in our signature Montsuki clothing. I will be looking forward to seeing and dressing many of you again.
With much aloha,
Patty Yamasaki Sugai
atelier 1223 at Montsuki phone: (808) 734-3457
1223 Koko Head Avenue email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the (turq.) Okumura Bldg.
upstairs, above the Calico Cat.
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Wed.-Fri. 8am-4:30pm Montsuki
Sat. 8am-noon P.O.Box 10593
Mon. & Tue. by appt. Honolulu, HI. 96816
Montsuki re-works vintage and new kimonos, obis and distinctive fabrics into modern retail and boutique couture clothing. Gift items, handmade cards and accessories are artisticly arranged in the boutique. The new retail-workspace offers a definite personalized atmosphere for our customers. And rejuvenating our focus on Montsuki's signature "kimono inspired clothing".
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