Japanese online magazine Neol.JP did a nice write up on my Moontribe Vintage Pop-Up at Paddlers Coffee in Tokyo, Japan. See the full read here :
The beautiful and tireless Miyuki of Ccommune helped me set up my very first international vintage pop-up shop at Paddlers Coffee. This only happened because my boyfriend, Dan Monick, and our friend Clint Woodside was already having an art show at the Voilld Gallery in Japan on June 1, 2017. Dan invited me to go to Japan with him, and I told him it would make the most sense of my time to at least do some work while I'm out there. He then contacted Miyukie and pitched the idea of me going to Japan to do a vintage pop-up, she immediately said yes, and set me up with the wonderful guys at Paddlers Coffee Shop.
Paddlers Coffee Shop is a super magical place. Everyone from artists, mothers, families, independent business owners, shoppers, vintage collectors.....all stop by this coffee shop like one metropolitan center of really interesting and cool people. Not only was I stoked just to be there, but meeting them and getting to know the whole crew was even better! They are the coolest, nicest, most genuine people.....and we shared some really good laughs and talked alot about culture and the difference between the US, Los Angeles, and Japan in general.
The people who came into my pop-up shop were really sweet and seeing my favorite pieces go to them made my heart swell up with joy. A new home for these beautiful and loved pieces.....the smiles on their face and their excitement really made me feel, "yes, I am doing the right thing. This is what I should be doing...bringing people happiness". In the end, it's not about how much money we make when we do these things, it's the people we meet, the conversations we have, the lessons we learn, the beautiful memories we create together, the smiles we bring and share, the presence of all of these amazing and beautiful people.....that to me brings richness in my life and it is EVERYTHING that I live for.
I've made some new long lasting friendships with people overseas, and I cannot wait for them to come to the US so that we can open our loving and warm home to them so that we can show them the same kindness and generosity they have shown to us.
Eternally grateful....God is Good.
xo Monica Reyes