Tokyo Trip: Visiting Kokka

On a recent trip to Tokyo, modeS4u’s Managing Director (Sandra) and IT Manager (Alan), stopped by the brand new office of one of our amazing suppliers, Kokka. This supplier is well known for their incredibly creative and high quality designs and their new office featured row upon row of stunning fabrics. From floral fabrics, to Echino designs, their office was awash with magnificent colors.

Talking business and checking fabrics can really work up an appetite, so the team at Kokka then took Sandra and Alan out for dinner where they all dined on world famous Wagyu beef!

Check out some of the colorful pictures here!

Echino fabric samples

Echino fabric samples

More Echino fabric samples

More Echino fabric samples

Beautiful fabrics on display

Beautiful fabrics on display

Floral and pattern fabrics

Floral and pattern fabrics

Animal designs

Animal designs

Kawaii designs

Kawaii designs

Funny food prints

Funny food prints

Cute and colorful fabrics

Cute and colorful fabrics

More gorgeous fabrics on show!

More gorgeous fabrics on show!

More animal designs

More animal designs

Alice in Wonderland designs

Alice in Wonderland designs

More floral themed fabrics

More floral themed fabrics

Time for dinner!

Time for dinner!

Wagyu beef

Wagyu beef

modeS4u on a world map!

Ever since starting up 9 years ago, modeS4u has gone from shipping a small number of orders per month, to several thousand instead. We’ve now shipped orders to 147 different countries all around the world! Check out the map image below, the countries in green are where we’ve shipped to. From kawaii squishies, to stunning fabrics, to colorful stickers, we’ve sent all sorts of items to our loyal and lovely customers across the globe. Thank you all for your continued support of us; here’s to shipping to the remaining 49 countries too!

 

modeS4u on a world map! 1

modeS4u on a world map!

It’s Eiffel Tower Day!

On March 31st, 1889, the Eiffel Tower celebrated its grand opening after taking just over 2 years to complete, and to this day it remains one of the most iconic monuments in the world. To mark this special day, check out the many lovely products we have of this incredible structure, such as Eiffel Tower fabrics, Eiffel Tower stationery and more!

black fabric white grey Eiffel Tower Paris Ink & Arrow

black fabric white grey Eiffel Tower Paris Ink & Arrow

cream beige Robert Kaufman blue mannequin Eiffel Tower fabric City of Lights

cream beige Robert Kaufman blue mannequin Eiffel Tower fabric City of Lights

cream light cream Robert Kaufman blue Paris word key fabric City of Lights

cream light cream Robert Kaufman blue Paris word key fabric City of Lights

cream beige Robert Kaufman brown beige Eiffel Tower fabric City of Lights

cream beige Robert Kaufman brown beige Eiffel Tower fabric City of Lights

light blue Robert Kaufman brown beige Eiffel Tower fabric City of Lights

light blue Robert Kaufman brown beige Eiffel Tower fabric City of Lights

colorful fabric cute pattern item Eiffel Tower from Japan

colorful fabric cute pattern item Eiffel Tower from Japan

light pink Robert Kaufman Eiffel Tower landmark fabric Dream Vacation

light pink Robert Kaufman Eiffel Tower landmark fabric Dream Vacation

light cream fabric with Eiffel Tower zebra flower by Timeless Treasures

light cream fabric with Eiffel Tower zebra flower by Timeless Treasures

stripe Red riding hood pink-purple metallic Washi Masking Tape deco tape

stripe Red riding hood pink-purple metallic Washi Masking Tape deco tape

cute white with colorful Eiffel Tower deco tape sticky tape

cute white with colorful Eiffel Tower deco tape sticky tape

white with Eiffel Tower bird Washi Masking Tape deco tape

white with Eiffel Tower bird Washi Masking Tape deco tape

black kawaii Eiffel Tower music note pencil case by Kamio from Japan

black kawaii Eiffel Tower music note pencil case by Kamio from Japan

shiny glitter colorful Eiffel Tower butterfly bow stickers by Mind Wave

shiny glitter colorful Eiffel Tower butterfly bow stickers by Mind Wave

cute retro sticker Eiffel Tower Paris silver metallic by Mind Wave

cute retro sticker Eiffel Tower Paris silver metallic by Mind Wave

cute die-cut Eiffel Tower memo Masking Tape deco tape

cute die-cut Eiffel Tower memo Masking Tape deco tape

yellow die-cut Paris Eiffel Tower Masking Tape deco tape Japan

yellow die-cut Paris Eiffel Tower Masking Tape deco tape Japan

beige Vintage Paris Eiffel Tower fabric Timeless Treasures

beige Vintage Paris Eiffel Tower fabric Timeless Treasures

beige Paris Eiffel Tower roses panel Vintage fabric Timeless Treasures

beige Paris Eiffel Tower roses panel Vintage fabric Timeless Treasures

9 Years of Cool and Kawaii Products!

We are really excited to be celebrating our 9th anniversary with you! We decided it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the product trends we kept up with over the years, as well as some that we’re keeping up with now!

One of the earliest we noticed was the Rockabilly trend. As a result, we stocked gloves, T-Shirts, bags, wallets and more as customers were looking for stylish, edgy, nostalgic pieces that were both classic and contemporary.

We then moved on to Tenshi Neko products. This was similar to Hello Kitty and was what actually moved our company towards cute and kawaii products. Tenshi Neko products were super popular and we had many customers who loved its cute and quirky appeal. At about the same time, we also had a lot of customers who were simply crazy for star scarves (we now have lots of star fabrics instead!) so we made sure to stock plenty in different colors and of different material types. We also moved towards stocking Japanese stationery as we noticed a number of customers looking for kawaii products in this category too.

Then came the trend of clay products, for DIY projects, and arts and crafts. This is actually still a big, continuing trend as many of our customers enjoy crafting. We made sure to keep up by adding items that could be used for DIY craft purposes, such as miniature food items, liquid coloring etc.

One of our biggest product categories now though, is fabrics. We recognized that many of our customers also enjoyed sewing and were constantly looking for new and beautiful fabrics to work with. Over the years we’ve stocked more and more fabrics from renowned designers and fabric producers such as Robert Kaufman, Birch, Kokka and more. We also expanded our collection of Japanese fabrics greatly.

And of course, we can’t forget one of the most popular type of products at the moment: kawaii squishies! We love that many of our customers are passionate squishy fans who constantly have awesome suggestions for us of what squishies they want, and we do our best to get those products in! We’ve added in squishies from Puni Maru, iBloom and have so many more coming soon!

How long have you been following modeS4u? Whether you’re a long time customer or only discovered us today, we’d love to hear about some of your favorite products and what you’d like to see more of from us!

Thank you everyone for your continued support of us!

cute cream funny cat animal pencil case by Mind Wave

cute cream funny cat animal pencil case by Mind Wave

funny beige orange cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny beige orange cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny white pale grey cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny white pale grey cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

red Robert Kaufman fabric cute star Space Explorers

red Robert Kaufman fabric cute star Space Explorers

light blue Robert Kaufman mini white star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

light blue Robert Kaufman mini white star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

dark blue Robert Kaufman fabric yellow light orange star Monsters

dark blue Robert Kaufman fabric yellow light orange star Monsters

cream Robert Kaufman fabric red blue orange star Monsters

cream Robert Kaufman fabric red blue orange star Monsters

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden white

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden white

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden pink

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden pink

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden brown

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden brown

yellow paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

yellow paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

dark green paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

dark green paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

cream Kokka double gauze colorful flower nani iro fabric

cream Kokka double gauze colorful flower nani iro fabric

cream beige stripe Canvas fabric with animal flower Kokka Japan

cream beige stripe Canvas fabric with animal flower Kokka Japan

light orange-yellow Robert Kaufman flower shape fabric LA Provence

light orange-yellow Robert Kaufman flower shape fabric LA Provence

light cream brown grey flower circle metallic fabric Robert Kaufman Studio RK

light cream brown grey flower circle metallic fabric Robert Kaufman Studio RK

cute big pink croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy by Puni Maru

cute big pink croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy by Puni Maru

cute big light brown butter croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy Puni Maru

cute big light brown butter croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy Puni Maru

kawaii pink strawberry chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii pink strawberry chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii blue mint chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii blue mint chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

It’s Walk the Dog Day!

Did you know that today is Walk the Dog Day? Well, if you didn’t before, you do now! They’re cuddly, cute, and loyal, what’s not to love about a faithful canine companion? In honor of this fun day, check out the many fun delighful dog products we have available, such as dog fabrics, dog stickers, dog plush toys and more!

Do you have a dog at home? What’s his or her name and what do you love most about your furry friend? Let us know!

grey fabric cute funny dog animal by Dear Stella USA

grey fabric cute funny dog animal by Dear Stella USA

grey Robert Kaufman fabric funny cute dog and text Classy Canines

grey Robert Kaufman fabric funny cute dog and text Classy Canines

brown Robert Kaufman fabric funny cute dog Classy Canines

brown Robert Kaufman fabric funny cute dog Classy Canines

brown cute dog at beach square Sand Scribbles fabric by Elizabeth's Studio

brown cute dog at beach square Sand Scribbles fabric by Elizabeth’s Studio

brown cute dog on beach with rock Sand Scribbles fabric by Elizabeth's Studio

brown cute dog on beach with rock Sand Scribbles fabric by Elizabeth’s Studio

cute fabric funny brown grey dog Adorable Pets by Elizabeth's Studio

cute fabric funny brown grey dog Adorable Pets by Elizabeth’s Studio

big cream white dog Mameshiba San Kyodai backpack plush from Japan

big cream white dog Mameshiba San Kyodai backpack plush from Japan

kawaii dark grey dog orange scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy Japan

kawaii dark grey dog orange scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy Japan

kawaii cream dog red scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy Japan

kawaii cream dog red scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy Japan

kawaii brown dog purple scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy Japan

kawaii brown dog purple scarf Mameshiba San Kyodai plush toy Japan

cute fluffy white dog blue bow Pometan plush toy Japan

cute fluffy white dog blue bow Pometan plush toy Japan

cute fluffy dark grey dog Pometan plush toy Japan

cute fluffy dark grey dog Pometan plush toy Japan

puffy stickers with dog and toy by Kamio

puffy stickers with dog and toy by Kamio

puffy stickers with dog and food by Kamio

puffy stickers with dog and food by Kamio

cute kawaii dog animal as sumo wrestler stickers by Mind Wave

cute kawaii dog animal as sumo wrestler stickers by Mind Wave

cute kawaii pomeranian dog animal stickers by Mind Wave

cute kawaii pomeranian dog animal stickers by Mind Wave

cute kawaii puppy dog animal stickers by Mind Wave

cute kawaii puppy dog animal stickers by Mind Wave

cute dog animal dog tunnel puffy 3D sponge stickers from Japan

cute dog animal dog tunnel puffy 3D sponge stickers from Japan

Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics

You may have seen that we have a number of organic fabrics in our shop, as well as many Oeko-tex certified ones such as several of the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton fabrics, and numerous Copenhagen Print Factory fabrics. But what exactly do these terms mean?

The Oeko-tex standard essentially refers to how fabrics are dealt with, and processed. If a fabric is Oeko-tex Standard 100 certified, that means it has been rigorously tested to ensure it is free of over 100 known harmful substances.

Organic fabric refers to the components used to create the fabric, such as cotton. In order to be considered organic, the component used to make that fabric (e.g. cotton) has to have been cultivated according to very strict guidelines, such as being grown without the use of synthesized fertilizers. These fabrics need to meet the requirement of global standards such as the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) in order to be considered organic, much like the way the many Birch fabrics we have available do.

Oeko-tex and organic are not the same and are not interchangeable terms, as they refer to different practises. However, they’re certainly useful to know if you have a preference for either one.

Check out the many Oeko-tex certified and organic fabrics we have available. Do you tend to buy either Oeko-tex or organic fabrics?

 

 

The GOTS certification

The GOTS certification

Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics 2

Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics 2

solid pink Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA Pink Flamingo

solid pink Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA Pink Flamingo

white with cute orange flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute orange flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute lime green flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute lime green flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

black with white silhouette tree people fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

black with white silhouette tree people fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

taupe with cute flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

taupe with cute flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute fish grey submarine fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute fish grey submarine fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

navy blue with white bear fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

navy blue with white bear fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute small Christmas tree fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute small Christmas tree fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

lime green laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

lime green laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

red laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

red laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

navy blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

navy blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

turquoise with cupboard chair birch poplin organic fabric from the USA

turquoise with cupboard chair birch poplin organic fabric from the USA

light cream with pink flamingo flower birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream with pink flamingo flower birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream navy blue orange anchor birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream navy blue orange anchor birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

turquoise with cupboard chair picture frame birch knit organic fabric USA

turquoise with cupboard chair picture frame birch knit organic fabric USA

light cream orange stripe knit organic fabric USA

light cream orange stripe knit organic fabric USA

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! How will you be celebrating? If you’re looking for cute gift ideas, we have you covered! From lovely heart-themed products, to flower goodies, to rose fabrics, we have lots for you to choose from. Which of these products is your favorite? Let us know!

purple pale purple heart cute dog animal towel from Japan

purple pale purple heart cute dog animal towel from Japan

blue light blue heart cute cat animal towel from Japan

blue light blue heart cute cat animal towel from Japan

pink cute funny panda with hearts towel from Japan

pink cute funny panda with hearts towel from Japan

off-white with red heart colorful dash laminate fabric by Lecien

off-white with red heart colorful dash laminate fabric by Lecien

dark pink Lecien fabric small pink magenta red off-white heart

dark pink Lecien fabric small pink magenta red off-white heart

off-white Lecien fabric small dark blue light blue yellow red heart

off-white Lecien fabric small dark blue light blue yellow red heart

off-white Lecien fabric small red heart

off-white Lecien fabric small red heart

white Washi Masking Tape deco tape rose & vampire

white Washi Masking Tape deco tape rose & vampire

black flower  fabric Timeless Treasures Tree of Life

black flower fabric Timeless Treasures Tree of Life

pink rose blossom twill flower fabric from Japan

pink rose blossom twill flower fabric from Japan

cream fabric with red rose flower petal by Timeless Treasures

cream fabric with red rose flower petal by Timeless Treasures

light cream fabric with red rose flower by Timeless Treasures

light cream fabric with red rose flower by Timeless Treasures

fabric with red rose flower by Timeless Treasures

fabric with red rose flower by Timeless Treasures

black fabric with big red rose flower by Timeless Treasures

black fabric with big red rose flower by Timeless Treasures

beautiful red rose flowers digital print fabric by Elizabeth's Studio

beautiful red rose flowers digital print fabric by Elizabeth’s Studio

lime green with flower silver metallic embellishment laminate fabric by Lecien

lime green with flower silver metallic embellishment laminate fabric by Lecien

natural color cute red flower laminate fabric by Kokka

natural color cute red flower laminate fabric by Kokka

off-white with flower silver metallic embellishment laminate fabric by Lecien

off-white with flower silver metallic embellishment laminate fabric by Lecien

red with pink blue flower laminate fabric by Lecien

red with pink blue flower laminate fabric by Lecien

pink Michael Miller fabric cute colorful flower Bitty Bloom

pink Michael Miller fabric cute colorful flower Bitty Bloom

Check out this stunning patchwork quilt!

One of our lovely customers recently created stunning custom made quilts using fabrics purchased from us! We simply had to share these images with you as the final creations are gorgeous!

If you are looking to create your very own quilt, check out the many fabric bundles we have on offer, that are perfect for such projects. We recently received more Robert Kaufman bundles that we’re sure you’ll love. For a little extra shine, why not pick a fabric bundle with metallic embellishment? Check out the custom made quilts here, as well as our fabric bundle suggestions for you.

Check out this stunning patchwork quilt! 1

Check out this stunning patchwork quilt!

Check out this stunning patchwork quilt! 2

Beautiful!

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Tigerfish

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Tigerfish

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Paintbox Basics

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Paintbox Basics

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Birds of Liberty

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Birds of Liberty

Roll-up fabric roll Vintage Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Vintage Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Jewel Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Jewel Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Spice Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Spice Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll 30s Palette Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll 30s Palette Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Vintage Colorstory gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Vintage Colorstory gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Fat Quarter fabric bundle flower dot Jewel Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Fat Quarter fabric bundle flower dot Jewel Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle pattern flower Garden Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle pattern flower Garden Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle pattern flower Spring Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle pattern flower Spring Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Hurry! Our After Christmas Sale on modeS4u ends soon!

Our After Christmas sale ends very soon (Jan 1)! Hurry and get items in our shop 20% off!*

Get the latest re-ments, fabrics, squishies and more!

Head to modes4u right now!

Coupon Code: Xmas2016

You can use the coupon code as many times as you like during this sale!

*Valid for all items except items on sale. The discount is not applicable for shipping costs either.

Hurry! Our After Christmas Sale on modeS4u ends soon!

Hurry! Our After Christmas Sale on modeS4u ends soon!

After Christmas Sale! Get 20% off items at modeS4u!

We’ve got an After Christmas sale going on in our shop, with all items 20% off!*

The sale runs from Dec 24, 2016 to Jan 1, 2017. Get the latest re-ments, fabrics, squishies and more!

Head to modes4u right now!

Coupon Code: Xmas2016

You can use the coupon code as many times as you like during this sale!

*Valid for all items except items on sale. The discount is not applicable for shipping costs either.

After Christmas Sale! Get 20% off items at modeS4u!

After Christmas Sale! Get 20% off items at modeS4u!

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