Sweet summer days, as fleeting as they can be in the Pacific Northwest, often fuel our desires to get out of town, near or far.  Consequently, we’re currently taking a lot of inspiration from a fantastic book at the shop: Early Travel Photography.

Compiled from the photographs of Burton Holmes (1870–1958), a man who spent his life traveling the world during an era when world travel was neither as efficient nor as common as nowadays, Early Travel Photography presents what would have been a first look for many Westerners and US natives at the world beyond their homeland.

Holmes took lengthy tours of regions of the world and, upon his return, toured the states giving lectures and presentations on his “Travelogues” (a term he coined.)  Thanks to his hand-tinted photographs and the early films taken by his crew, Holme’s “Travelogues” were a smash success, and allowed Holmes & co. to repeat the process of far-off exploration and homeland exposition over and over again.

Holmes home in Chicago became filled with souvenirs from his voyages, he received a star on the Hollywood Boulevard, made several travel films for Paramount Pictures and wrote several books.  Despite achieving quite a level of fame and success for his day and age, Holmes had this to say about life experience:

“The only things I own which are still worth what they have cost me are my travel memories… the mind-pictures of places which I have been hoarding like a happy miser.” – Burton Holmes

A well-traveled life, indeed.  A few of our shop girls are travelers in their own right, too.  We’ll be expanding on this theme here on our blog to present them an opportunity to share memories of their journeys in the coming months.  Stay tuned!

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We’ve recently received a large batch of beautiful Art Nouveau reproduction jewelry, made in San Francisco by designer Jan Michaels.  These rings, earrings, cuffs and necklaces are elegant, well-made, sparkling statement pieces.

Channel a silent-film star, a vamp, or an ingenue with these beautiful vintage-inspired baubles that look straight out of an old “talkie” or grandmother’s jewelry box.  To see our whole collection – click here.

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We’ve been crazy about kimonos lately!  An order of exquisite vintage Japanese haoris and long kimonos just arrived at Eden and it’s been such fun garnering inspiration from customers, friends and lots of Internet and Pinterest image searches of how to style them, both traditionally and non-traditionally.  (All images below come from our Pinterest, our Look Book and our Instagram feed – follow us @edenpdx!)

A French Vogue cover featuring a traditional kimono.

Antique hand-tinted photographs of Japanese women and girls in kimonos.

Many European artists were inspired by an increasing Asian influence, and a slew of portraits of Western women in traditional Japanese garb resulted.

Silent and classical Hollywood actresses were often photographed in Japanese and Chinese garb.

Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort wearing kimonos and smoking hookah in Harold and Maude.

Molly Ringwald also donned a kimono for this scene in Pretty in Pink.

Street style shots of pretty ladies in kimonos.

Editorial shots featuring kimonos.

Kimonos can even be beautiful incorporated as decor.

We featured one in our Look Book last October.

Here’s a few of the kimonos currently available at Eden!

Plus one extra-special kimono!  Why so special? Shop girl Sara explains:

“This long black silk kimono is a kuro-tomesode, a very long robe typified by shorter sleeves and the maximum number of kamon (the family crests on this robe are a pair of crossed owl feathers in a small circle). The five crests on the robe indicate the highest level of formality. The lining, dyed scarlet with successive dips in a bath of benihana flowers, hints at its pre-war origins. The print in a  kuro-tomesode is only below the waist, the example here is a crisscross of slender branches in soft, pale colors.

It features a round crest with two crossed falcon feathers. The name of the crest is Maruni chigai takanoha (丸に違鷹羽) and it belongs to the families Kubo and Hidaka. There may be other families bearing a similar crest. The hawk was a symbol of the samurai; in old days ”feather of hawk” was given glory as the decoration at the time of ceremony such as New Year’s Days, and great people of a samurai were able to arrive at one’s crown in old days. That’s why it is one of the family crest of arms liked most by a samurai.”

Most of our kimonos are $130-185, the one above is $175.  If you care to order one or for more information, call (503) 222-2285 during normal business hours (Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5.)

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