Tweaks and Changes – Improving The New Website

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I’ve been tweaking my new www.wafuku.co.uk website.

I was driven mad by the lack of menu-with-sub-menu options offered by my new site provider but I have just discovered Filters that allow me to put a sort of menu on main product pages, so that the main menu doesn’t need to have every single category and sub category on it, which had made it ridiculously long.

Now, for example, the main menu has the category Women on it, when you got to that Women page you see a menu of garment types to select from, so you can filter all the women’s clothes down to just a specific type. Also, if you choose Women/Kimono, which displays all of the women’s kimonos, there is now a list there of kimono pages (just 3 at the moment but there will be 12 or more, as I have hundreds more kimonos to put on the site) because. Each Women’s Kimono Page will have 40 kimonos on it (you see 12, then click the See More button at the bottom, so 2 clicks of that lets you see all 40; it won’t let me set it to all 40 at once). With about 600 women’s kimonos alone on the site, once I’ve had a chance to put all the stock on, it was going to be a nightmare to scroll all the way to the end of them on the page with all the kimonos on it, so this method of putting filters on main pages makes life easier for people browsing the site.

I am sure there will be lots of tweaks here and there in the forthcoming weeks. I’ll get back to adding lots more stock after the weekend. The more things I add, the more categories will be filled up too, at the moment some categories have no stock in them yet, so those categories don’t show up until they do.


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.


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One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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It’s Live! The New Wafuku.co.uk Website Is Now Online.

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The new www.wafuku.co.uk website is now live. It is up and running and ready to browse, with a new look, additional payment methods and mobile phone friendly too. This one is also GDPR compliant, which is a relief, as I simply didn’t know how, on my previous site, to provide the essential pop up required for that, so having that done is a weight off my mind.

Fingers crossed that it all works ok. It should but only time will tell. The original site served me well for a very long time and I am a touch sad to see it go but it is pleasing to have a fresh new look.

I’ve still got hundreds of stock items to add to it but I’ll just keep working on it steadily.

If you love vintage kimonos and other fabulous Japanese clothing and collectables, check out the new version of the website at http://www.wafuku.co.uk.


 

You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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New Website Coming Any Day Now

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A new wafuku.co.uk website is coming any day now. A new wafuku.co.uk website is coming any day now. From today, the original website is gone. I’ve been working on a new website and my current host has now shut down the original site but BT, with whom my domain is registered, is being hideously slow at connecting the domain name to the new site. I’d hoped it would stay online until the switch over was done but time ran out and I would have had to pay for another year with my current web host to keep it online until the new one had the wafuku.co.uk domain transferred to it, so, for now, my site is completely offline. Hopefully it will go live within a few days.

The new site will be GDPR compliant, mobile phone friendly and, hopefully, offer additional payment options other than just PayPal. The two things I am not happy with on the new site are photos having to be square (so I am having to make square thousands and thousands of photos), and the menu having to be across the top, rather than a left side menu, because that site provider doesn’t have a side menu with drop sub-menus, only a top menu offers drop sub-menus, so I am stuck with having it at the top, as sub-menus are crucial on my site.

The original site had many photos missing since the Photobucket debacle, although I had managed to replace thousands of them, I just hadn’t managed to restore them all, there were, after all, tens of thousands of photos on it. The broken links to photos meant my site dropped drastically in Google’s search results, so starting again from scratch means that it shouldn’t have photo gaps and broken links to them; with each item I transfer to the new site, I ensure its photos are uploaded too.

I have so much stock to transfer to it from my original site that it will take a lot more time to complete the transfer. I continuously built and stocked the original site over 13 years, so there has been a lot to redo on the new one. The new one will still have all my kimono information pages and its large glossary and I have so far got about 800 stock items transferred to it and will keep steadily transferring the rest, then, after a short break from it, will start adding some new items too.

As the weather improves I hope to be able to photograph some stock outside, as I have no decent lighting indoors. Scotland has so much rain, though, that it limits outdoor photography time and my photography skills are not great at the best of times. I try, when possible, to re-use photos I got from the Japanese suppliers when selecting the stock, as theirs are often better than mine and are already done, but, unfortunately, I can’t do that for all my items. It is useful when I can, since it speeds up the addition of new items, allowing me to add more than I could by just photographing them all myself, because I only have to crop and colour correct their the photos instead of setting them up and taking them too.

I hope you will be patient and keep checking for the new site being available online.


 

You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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The End Of A Long Hot Summer

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The good summer weather was very unusually long and hot here in Scotland this year. Normally it is driech for most of the summer months here and I am usually slightly jealous of family in London having lovely summers while I look out at rain and strong winds but this year it was fabulous here and my poor family had it much too hot in London.  It’s back to plenty of rain and wind here now but still fairly mild in temperature and yesterday was dry and still enough for some hot air balloons to drift by. Some summers they float over my home but the breeze up high wasn’t bringing them this way, so I only caught sight of one, when I heard one flare up its burners and realised there must be one about. By the time I spotted it by heading down the road a bit, this was all I saw.

distant hot air balloon


I got very lax at replacing the thousands of missing photos from my website after the photo host decided to block them all. I started well but it got daunting and I pretty much stopped after a few months but broken links are not good on a site, for people browsing or for having Google show it in searches, as Google doesn’t like broken links, so I am back to making a concerted effort again. It takes ages because I also realised that I couldn’t just move them and upload them all again, many of the photos were really awful, I don’t know why I hadn’t realised how bad many of them were, so I am having to check all and colour correct and brighten most before putting them back and that is what is taking so much time and work. Still, it must be done, so I have to plod on with it. It is good to get a thorough look at my site stock, as I work on it. Yesterday I worked on the obi section, got a few hundred photos fixed and replaced there, including all the soft, heko obis like these…


I now offer Layaway on the website, so items can be purchased in instalments. A lot of websites I buy from offer this option, so I thought it was time I did too…


Here are a few particularly nice kimonos from my site, with their photos now in place.

This is a girl’s kimono being worn by an adult. The adult is fairly petite in height, so on someone taller it would be shorter, but it lets you see how wearable these girls’ ones are for adults. My sister wears this size as a fancy, light coat.
Children wear their kimonos with a big tuck stitched in place on the outside of each shoulder and a big fold up at the waist, so without these tucks they are surprisingly big and wearable by an adult. Children’s ones come in much brighter colours than most adult ones and with fantastic designs on them. Most from the past few decades are made of good quality synthetic textiles, though some exceedingly expensive ones are still made in silk.


I love this dragon smoke kimono. whirls of smoke, with touches of gold detailing and embroidery.


How stunning is this blue houmongi kimono? Rich, sumptuous silk, with hand applied yuzen textile art of roses. Roses used to be thought very  exotic in Japan, as they were not native to that land, so were not commonly seen there.


 

You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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Last Few Days

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There are a few days left to grab yourself a beautiful, genuine Japanese kimono, haori kimono jacket or all manner of other Japanese garments and other Japanese things from my www.wafuku.co.uk  website because right now there is 15% of everything on the website but only for a few more days.

Kimonos

Hakama

Buddhist Items

Children’s garments for wear or display

and lots of lovely haori kimono jackets.

…15% off absolutely everything on wafuku.co.uk, not just the clothing, still available for the last few days of this month.

 


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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The Family Has Grown

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Good Grief. I’m a grandmother. He’s such a cutie.
Name yet to be decided, they are trying out their 5 favourites on him over the next week or so. I call him Bumpy, for now, which I have done since he was just a growing bump in his mum.


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

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Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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Grab A Beautiful Bargain -15% Sale on wafuku.co.uk

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Now is a great time to grab yourself a beautiful, genuine Japanese kimono, haori or all manner of other Japanese garments and many other things from my www.wafuku.co.uk  website because right now there is 15% of everything on the website.

Womens’, Men’s and Children’s kimonos…

 

 

 

 


All types of footwear…

 

 

 

 

 


All obis…


All haori kimono jackets…


Bags…


Cozy jackets…


More kimonos

 

 

…and 15% off absolutely everything else on the wafuku.co.uk, not just the clothing.

 


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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Forget-Me-Nots & Beautiful Kimonos

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Things outside are finally coming to life after the bleakness of winter. The trees are greening up and more and more flowers appearing. Where I live there is a big swathe of forget-me-nots just come into bloom. They cover a large area and look amazing. They also smell exquisite. If the weather is warmish and there is very little breeze, a beautiful, sweet scent rises up from them, sometimes wafting all the way over to the house. Last year was the first time they grew in such abundance there and the first time I realised that forget-me-nots had a fragrance. Unfortunately, they don’t look nearly as spectacular in photographs as they do in reality, photos just don’t do them  justice. There is a lawn in the garden that, in early Spring, is absolutely covered in crocus and looks amazing but it always looks pathetic in photos. The crocus are then replaced by masses and masses of daffodils all over it and again, although it looks fantastic in reality, it looks nothing much in photos. Anyway, here are a some photos of the forget-me-nots at my home.


The photos below show Satu Vaarre and her daughter wearing kimonos that they purchased from my wafuku.co.uk website, then took all the way to Japan to wear at Satu’s other daughter’s wedding in Kyoto. Satu’s black tomesode kimono has a scene with a magnificent temple in it, a temple that is also in Kyoto. Satu’s daughter’s kimono is a lovely warm brown shade of silk with painterly rocks with trees growing amongst them. Rocks, in Japan, are considered peaceful and contemplative.

They both look so natural in their kimono ensembles, as though they have been wearing kimonos all their lives. They both look fabulous.

I also rather like that the kimonos returned home to Japan once more, and were worn and appreciated again.

I was so pleased when Satu sent me these photos (and gave me permission to use them).  I have some of the nicest customers. They make me happy.


I came across this photo of one of my meisen silk haori. This was made way back when the fashion was for extra long haori with extra deep sleeves. Meisen silk is a bit like taffeta in texture. Meisen kimonos and haoris are becoming harder and harder to find in good condition and are now collectable garments.


 


You can also check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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Happy Easter!

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You can also check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

haorisweeritao

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Magazine and Novel – In Print

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Some wafuku.co.uk footwear was used in a fashion shoot in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of the high end AnOther Magazine. It was interesting to see my tabi and geta as part of ensembles with the likes of Alexander McQueen couture.


Here we have a pair of  wafuku.co.uk  tabi socks with Proenza Schouler dress and Feben Vemmenby shoes.


Wafuku.co.uk pink tabi socks and geta shoes, with pink Helmut Lang coat.


This froth of ruffles is a National Theatre costume worn with wafuku.co.uk taupe tabi socks and Vic Matié mules.


Alexander McQueen pink dress worn with with pink wafuku.co.uk tabi socks and geta shoes.


Taupe wafuku.co.uk tabi in the ensemble on the right.


Yesterday was International Women’s Day 2018, which made me think of the fact that the first novel ever written was written by a woman. The novel was The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari), written by the Japanese noblewoman and lady in waiting, Murasaki Shikibu, in the early years of the 11th century.

The Tale of Genji is a novel about the life of Hikaru Genji, the son of an ancient Japanese emperor, who, for political reasons, removed Genji from his line of succession, demoting him from noble to commoner. The story follows his life, especially romantic life, from that point on.

Many traditional designs in Japanese textile art, graphics etc. reference this work and there are motifs that reference it too, such as genji-gumo, a stylised shape of cloud used in early illustrations for the text, and genji-guruma, a Heian Era imperial carriage wheels. Clouds are often included in artistic scenes referring to the Heian Court because courtiers were referred to as “those who live among the clouds” (Kumo no Uebito). Genji-guruma motif, the carriage wheels, represent nobility, court life and good fortune, as only nobility from the Imperial court were allowed carriages with such huge wheels (because they did so much damage to roads, so had to be limited in numbers).


You can also check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

haorisweeritao

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