☆*:.｡. MechaCon 2017 J-fashion programming & Tea party｡.:*☆
Welcome to MechaCon 2017 J-fashion programming and tea party news! As we get closer to the convention we will start to annouce our guests, panels, sponsors, vendors, and tea party ticket sales. If you have any questions, please do no hesitate to ask!
◆✦◆ Guests ◆✦◆
The world’s most pink creator, Kimura U (木村優), is known around the globe as a fashion creator, model, and voice actress.
Kimura U was appointed an official Kawaii Ambassador by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the mission of promoting Japanese pop culture through Harajuku fashion and anime. She has since appeared at more than 10 countries around the world as part of the Ministry’s Cool Japan program, including the US, Russia, and China.
Her first original publication “1st STYLE BOOK – Kimura U” was an instant hit, featuring her original concept of “Moehara,” combining “Moe” (meaning cute, from otaku fandom) with “Hara” (short for Harajuku).
In 2016, Kimura U created the Kawaii version of the official NHK mascot character Domo-Kun, as well as garnered attention for her costume designs for the popular idol group Wasuta (The World Standard). She also made her voice-acting debut in the anime “Idol Memories” and successfully performed in China.
In 2017, Kimura U unveiled her new fashion brand KawaiiHolic, which gained many fans with the slogan of “Quitting Kawaii is the same as dying.”
The world’s most pink creator and shining star of Harajuku is unstoppable!
Kammie Pom is a cute culture advocate from New Orleans who finds creative outlet through her passion for everything cute. Her first Mechacon was the inauguration in 2005, and she has tabled in the Mechacon artist alley ever since! Starting with fluffy handmade hats, her brand Minty Mix has grown into a sugary, colorful wig and DIY accessories brand. She believes in encouraging others to be free to share their passions for the things they love through what they choose to wear, create, and collect. Her favorite mediums include sculpture, accessory designing, and small item photography.
New designs from Minty Mix will be showcased in our J-fashion show at Mechacon! Don't miss it!
Artist Ally booth #: 310
OFFICIAL WEBSITE- mintymix.com/
☆*:.｡.MechaCon 2017 — Journey through the Cosmos.｡.:*☆
Calling all Lolitas! We want you to come and show off your biggest and brightest outfits for MechaCon this year! It’s the grand return of the community fashion show! We want to encourage all Lolitas, whether you are local or coming in from out of town, to apply to be a part of this show! We want the flashiest, the biggest, the scariest, the coolest, the most elegant, the cutest- we want it all! Go big or go home!
In addition to the opening community show, we will be also be hosting a multi-brand J-fashion show. Brands are too be announced in the coming weeks! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Contact us at [email protected]
◆✦◆ ☆*:.｡. Partcipating brands.｡.:*☆ ◆✦◆
◆✦◆ ☆*:.｡.Baby Ponytail.｡.:*☆ ◆✦◆
Baby Ponytail is a British Lolita label that was founded in 2014. Inspired by the love for nature, fairy tales, baroque elements and antique porcelain dolls, the label trusts its own imagination to create clothes for girls with dreams.
Model applications are due by July 15th, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. Experience is preferred, but not necessary. Please use accurate measurements only!
Please see the official MechaCon Lolita page for fashion show applications, and tea party tickets: mechacon.com/news/features/lolita/
— ◆✦◆ ☆*:.｡. galaxxxy.｡.:*☆ ◆✦◆
galaxxxy is a Japanese fashion brand, influenced by a scattered virtual world of past and future music, anime, streetwear, and net culture. Founded in 2008 by Hiromi Kishii, galaxxxy has grown to be a beloved brand in the J-Fashion world, and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, anime, manga & video gaming. Now galaxxxy is spreading outside Japan, with the goal of sharing our fun, colorful, and energetic world with everyone across the globe!
Follow galaxxxy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Official Website: galaxxxyrocks.com/
— ◆✦◆ ☆*:.｡. Listen Flavor.｡.:*☆ ◆✦◆
In 2006, LISTEN FLAVOR was created to deliver “Kawaii” to the girls around the world from Harajuku, where fashion conscious youth gather. Since then, the brand has been influenced and inspired by a variety of pop cultures surrounding Harajuku such as video games, animation, and manga. The brand’s “Kawaii” philosophy fused with pop culture finally has become its own unique fashion style. Now the brand has grown and is loved by fans of Japanese “Kawaii” culture around the world. Past collaborations include the Danganronpa series, SHOW BY ROCK!!, and various Sanrio characters.
Follow Listen Flavor Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Official Website: listenflavor.com/
— ◆✦◆ ☆*:.｡. Minty Mix.｡.:*☆ ◆✦◆
Minty Mix will be featured in our fashion show. Don’t be caught being a Minty Mess! Local designer Kammie Pomeranian (Minty Mix) will have handmade jewelry, cotton candy accessories, cosmic rings, and specialty wigs for sale in Artist Ally.
Facebook page: facebook.com/mintymix/
— ◆✦◆ ☆*:.｡. Mossbadger.｡.:*☆ ◆✦◆
Mossbadger produces limited edition garments, accessories and textiles that are hand-silkscreened in Chicago and digitally printed by spoonflower. Prints are influenced by symbology, folklore, history, and magic (and sometimes cats).
Facebook page: facebook.com/mossbadger/
☆*:.｡.MechaCon 2017 J-Fashion Tea Party — Under the Milky Way｡.:*☆
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Calling all star sleuths, Martian maniacs and Astro adventurers! Please join us at MechaCon’s fourth annual tea party for an extra special starry soiree- Under the Milky way! It is guaranteed to be an out of this world occasion with delicious snacks, exciting games, and a host of giveaways and prizes! Kimura U will also be joining us for our space spectacular! She’s incredibly psyched to see all of your cosmic coordinates! Tickets will be sold online until we are sold out. J-fashion is required for the tea party. Cosplay not allowed.
You must have a MechaCon badge and tea party ticket to gain entry.
The tea party theme is “Under the Milky-Way.” This is a space themed tea party. The theme is not required but encouraged.
This year’s tea party will be expanding to welcome all forms of J-fashion. All tea party attendees must wear Lolita, Ouji, Aristocrat, Otome, Fairy-kei, Gyaru, Morigirl or other J-Fashion. You may also wear formal attire. If you have any questions, on what styles will be welcomed, please feel free to e-mail [email protected]
All Japanese brands, indie brands, and handmade items welcomed!
There will be no brand restrictions on this event.
Cosplay and other costumes are not be allowed.
Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the event for seating and check in.
Time and date: Sunday, July 30, 2017 2:00 PM — 5:00 PM (Central Time) ( Check in starts at 1:30)
Ticket Price: SOLD OUT
for more information and to register now!
*You must be a MechaCon attendee to attend this event.
◆✦◆ Charity Silent auction ◆✦◆
Mechacon J-fashion crew is proud to announce that we will be holding a charity silent auction during the Under the Milky-way tea party.
All proceeds from this year’s Charity Auction will be going to Buildings for America’s Bravest. Building for America’s Bravest is a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that builds smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Energy efficient, automated and easily accessible—these homes use “adaptive technology” to help our most severely injured heroes live better, more independent lives.
However, as amazing as adaptive home technology is, it’s far beyond the reach of most veterans and their modest pensions. The waiting list is long – and for every home we build, another three veterans join the list. When the call came, these brave service members went. They made extraordinary sacrifices in our place. Please help give them a home they can come home to. Your donation will make a real difference in a service hero’s life.
The silent auctions will take place during the Tea party where we will also announce the winners before the completion of the event! The winner must pay the amount they won with credit or debit card.
◆✦◆ ☆*:.｡. Sponsors.｡.:*☆ ◆✦◆
Puvithel is our next big sponsor announcement! Puvithel Angelynn Rajan is a J-fashion designer who designs clothing, accessories, and jewelry in multiple styles creating a variety of items that anyone can enjoy. She specializes in elegant classic pieces and casual punk pieces. Puvithel is generously donating items as raffle prizes, and silent charity auction.
Puvithel will also be vending in MechaCon 2017 Artist Ally! Please make sure to stop buy and visit!
Please take the time to like their page on Facebook, and check out their Etsy store!
Artist Ally booth #:
Kawaii NOLA is our next big sponsor announcement! Cutie Kanako Asai Richard runs an incredible store dedicated to all things cute. One of the coolest things about it? It's a locally owned business located right here in New Orleans on historic Magazine street! Kawaii NOLA has you covered for Sanrio treasures, TokiDoki trinkets, San-X goodies, and so much more! Kawaii NOLA is donating items for our raffle and special game prizes.
Please take the time to like Kawaii NOLA on Facebook and Instagram so that you can stay updated with all of their cutest newest stock! They do mail orders, too!~ ♥
☆*:.｡. Twootie Tarte.｡.:*☆
Starting our round of tea party sponsors is Twootie Tarte! Local cutie Erinne Lester hand-makes and sells the most incredible smelling scents with trendy and cute themes to create unique bath products, fragrances, and more! Twootie Tarte will be donating to our raffles for our tea party.
Please take the time to like Twootie Tarte on Facebook, follow on Instagram, and favorite the shop on Etsy, as well!
Artist Ally booth #: 413 and 414
☆*:.｡. Minty Mix.｡.:*☆
Our second sponsor for Something Wicked is another favorite- Minty Mix! Bright, colorful, playful, and fun- Minty Mix is run by our very own local sweetie pie Kammie Schnell, who creates quirky accessories and beautiful wigs that makes everyone smile! Please take the time to like Minty Mix on Facebook, follow on Instagram, and check out their website! Minty Mix will have a table located in MechaCon’s Artist Alley so don't forget to stop by and show your support during the convention!
Artist Ally booth #:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE- mintymix.com/
☆*:.｡Silly Sweet Shop.｡.:*☆
Silly Sweet Shop is our next big sponsor announcement! Silly Sweet Shop is a small New Orleans based company who hand-sculpts and designs accessories and jewelry based on Japanese pop culture and fashion. It is our mission to create high quality accessories to fit customer's unique fashion and achieve their desired look. Bringing quality products at reasonable prices is just another way Silly Sweet Shop makes accessorizing Japanese fashion easy and affordable. Silly Sweet Shop displays and sells their creations to many anime conventions around the country as well as their online retails shipping products internationally. We are spreading our sweet products around the world helping customers embrace and achieve their unique styles.
Artist Ally booth #: 110
☆*:.｡. Glimmer Bat.｡.:*☆
Our next sponsor we are happy to announce is Glimmer Bat Studio! Lynda Ingle runs a bath product shop while pulling inspiration from all things cool and even a little spooky! Her soaps and bath products have beautiful, unique, and fresh scents. Glimmer Bat is donating prizes towards our tea party raffle.
Please take the time to like Glimmer Bat's page on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, and check out their Etsy store!
☆*:.｡. A. Gato Designs.｡.:*☆
Our next sponsor we are happy to announce is A. Gato Designs. A. Gato Designs is a J-fashion inspired clothing line run by designer Paulina A. Gato. Based in Washington, DC her focus on high quality, handmade looks, customized to each individual. Gato provides comfortable design and impeccable quality in a wide variety of styles and sizes.
Please take the time to like page A. Gato Designs on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, and check out their Etsy store!
Artist Ally booth #: 508
☆*:.｡. Lolita Collective.｡.:*☆
Our next sponsor we are happy to announce is Lolita Collective. The Lolita Collective was created by a group of American Midwest-based designers in 2013 as a way to sell their handcrafted items together at conventions. With time, the concept has expanded to include over 80 indie designers and clothing producers from all over the world. You can shop our collection of Lolita and street style clothing and accessories here online or in person at an event near you.
☆*:.｡. Precious Bbyz.｡.:*☆
Mechacon J-fashion staff is pleased to present our next sponsor!
Precious Bbyz is kawaii crafts and original characters from San Antonio, Texas! They specialize in handmade plush, enamel pins, washi tape, patches, and anything else that can be pastel! Check out their daily posts on Instagram for the latest precious updates! This is their second Mechacon in the Artist Alley and they are so thrilled to be back!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor. Please e-mail us at [email protected]
◆✦◆ PANELS ◆✦◆
Other Lolita events (Times TBA and are subject to change)
If you have a J-fashion panel you would like to be promoted. Please shoot the hosts an e-mail at [email protected]
◆✦◆ Lolita & J-fashion Swap meet ◆✦◆
Time: Friday, 8PM — 10PM
Hosted by: Ash Alonzo-Wood
Room: Bolden 3 (Panel room 5)
Lolita things sitting in your closet that you no longer want? Want to expand your wardrobe? Trade for dream items? Have some other J-fashion items to trade? Come join the Mechacon Lolita swap meet.
You may post below what items you are bringing!
Feel free to ask any questions about the panel. All J-fashion items are welcome.
◆ Kimura U Q & A ◆
Time: Saturday, 2 PM — 3PM
Room: Bolden 1 (Panel room 3)
Presented by: Kimura U
Come ask the world’s most pink creator, Kimura U (木村優 ) your questions. Kimura U is known around the globe as a fashion creator, model, and voice actress. Don't miss your chance to talk to her!
◆ Chronically Ill Chronically Kawaii ◆
Panel name: Chronically Ill Chronically Kawaii
Hosted by: London Edwards, aka Lonbon Lonlon
Panel time: Saturday 11AM
Panel Room: (Bolden 3 Panel room 5)
Are you suffering from a physical or mental illness? You are not alone!
London Edwards will be hosting a panel to describe the relationship between chronic illness and J-fashion. Through my years of advocating online, I have discovered that much of the jfashion community is also chronically ill, with both mental and physical disorders. My presentation will describe the nature of chronic illness and how jfashion is used to cope with disabilities and disorders. I'll also give advice on how to attend conventions and events while Chronically or mentally ill, or how to wear the fashion on a daily basis while fighting symptoms. This includes advice on self-are and how to jfashion on a budget.
◆ Shironuri 101 ◆
Hosted by: Lynda Ingle and Yoko Imani
Panel time: Saturday 5PM
Panel room: Bolden 2 (Panel room 4)
A presentation of the do's and don'ts of the Japanese fashion and culture of Shironuri.
◆✦◆ Gifting Pool ◆✦◆
Greetings fellow NOLA Rufflebutts! This year we would like to welcome Kimura U!
To welcome Kimura U, we will be running a gifting pool. Thomas Lin will be in charge of gathering donations of either money or handmade items to gift at the F.A.Q. Panel (Time and Date TBA)
— We will have three guests in total: Kimura U and two staff members, so please plan your donations accordingly!
— If you donate any items, you are responsible for preparing its packaging. This is to ensure no fragile, loose, or small items get lost or damaged before / when we present the gifts
— Monetary donations will not be publicly announced (as in we won't say xxx donated $xx money). If you are donating an item, feel free to include a small card to go along with it. We will also prepare a general card for those that do donate money, with donors' names included
— All donations will be collected by Thomas Lin. PayPal money via [email protected]
and PM him so he knows the donation has been sent. If you plan to donate an item, please arrange item collection with him via PM
— You are not required to attend the convention to donate to the gifting pool! We understand if you cannot make Mechacon for some reason or another, but that does not mean you cannot participate in the pool! The more we get, the more we can give to our guests
— Deadline for money donation is JULY 16th. Deadline for item donation pickup is JULY 29th, the first day of Mechacon. PLEASE if you can, arrange pickup before this deadline; this deadline is mainly a super-last-minute final deadline, but the sooner you get it to me the better.