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N, Q at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.
This venue is closed.
Growing up in Japan, Motomi (a.k.a. Mimi) Yamanobe dreamed of designing costumes for celebrities. Years later and an ocean away, Mimi realized her goal in New York, designing pieces for the likes of Janet Jackson and Sean Combs, before starting her own line in 2005. A small storefront just off Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria houses Yamanobe's line, along with an eclectic mix of accessories by local designers and gift items from Japan. Mimi's collection of apparel, including black tweed jackets, orange wool gathered minis, and red plaid ruffle-sleeve dresses, lines one of the shop’s seafoam-green walls, while Tiffany Chantra's DRU line of striped ballet flats peek out from underneath. Throughout the shop are jewelry pieces, including dainty necklace-and-earring sets of precious and semiprecious gems, chunky acrylic rings, gathered hoops, and ladybug earrings from names like Kyoko Honda and Ashley Brodie. And in a nod to her native Japan, Yamanobe stocks a small supply of Hello Kitty office supplies and embellished chopsticks.
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