The Casual Warrior’s Kimono-ya was started in 2013 to share the beauty of kimono with the world. Though the kimono is a quintessentially Japanese garment, such beauty and craftsmanship shouldn’t be limited to just one culture. There is no reason that this iconic garment can’t be enjoyed by people around the world. Kimono culture embraces anyone with an interest in culture, textiles, fashion, history and artwork.
E. Carter started out life as a child of the ocean. Born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and a long time resident of Florida – a life at sea was the ultimate goal. As a sailor and a licensed boat captain, they worked in the industry for over a decade. Having traveled the world – Canada, The Caribbean, Panama, South Pacific, Melanesia, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Africa they developed a love of culture and languages. Fascinated by the parallels between the Polynesian and Japanese cultures, they continued their study of both going so far as to immerse themselves into martial arts and hula. Delving deeper into the culture of Japan, they discovered that the practitioners of the traditional arts and time-honored professions all wore kimono and began to realize it’s importance to the heart of Japanese traditional culture. Upon further investigation, they learned that that world of kimono was multi-faceted and fell in love with all of it’s aspects: Seasonality and classical motifs, formality, the craftsmanship involved in the creation of each garment, those who wore them and those who made them. It’s a world of it’s own, and they are still infatuated with it’s grace and beauty.