Tokyo Trip: Squishies Galore!

During their trip to Japan earlier this year, Sandra and Alan (modeS4u’s Managing Director and IT Manager respectively), stopped by shops to check out some of the newest squishies available! From colorful Hello Kitty squishies to Cafe de N ones, it was certainly a visual treat to see all those squishies at once. Check out some fun pictures here!

Hello Kitty and Sanrio squishies on display

Hello Kitty and Sanrio squishies on display

Fun food squishies

Fun food squishies

A panda squishy

A panda squishy

A penguin squishy

A penguin squishy

Funny faces!

Funny faces!

Miffy Squishies

Miffy Squishies

More fun food squishies

More fun food squishies

Food squishies everywhere!

Food squishies everywhere!

So kawaii!

So kawaii!

Sanrio squishies

Sanrio squishies

Cafe de N squishies

Cafe de N squishies

Time to win a squishy!

Time to win a squishy!

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

Hello Kitty Halloween 2015

In a few days it will be Halloween and what better way is there than celebrating with Hello Kitty and her friends. Sanrio‘s cute cat will star a big Halloween event at Harmony Land in Japan. Looking at last year’s pictures, the party with the kawaii characters will be great fun with amazing live stage performances, dance and music. To get into the mood for the spooky celebrations you can already choose a funny Halloween costume using Sanrio’s Chanrio Maker to dress your digital characters after uploading photos or creating your avatar online. In addition, for those who simply cannot wait for their Halloween candy, we found this Tokyo bakery, which sells adorable Halloween cakes with Hello Kitty and My Melody designs. We say “trick or treat“.

Hello Kitty celebrates Halloween 2015 with costumes, parties and cake.

Hello Kitty celebrates Halloween 2015 with costumes, parties and cake.

The colorful Halloween party at Harmony Land promises to enchant all Hello Kitty fans.

The colorful Halloween party at Harmony Land promises to enchant all Hello Kitty fans.

This cute Hello Kitty Halloween cake is surely the sweetest pumpkin of the year.

This cute Hello Kitty Halloween cake is surely the sweetest pumpkin of the year.

Get into the right mood for Halloween and choose from many funny costumes.

Get into the right mood for Halloween and choose from many funny costumes.

Last year's a Halloween party decoration included amazing illuminations.

Last year’s a Halloween party decoration included amazing illuminations.

Visitors can enjoy fun live stage performances, dance and music.

Visitors can enjoy fun live stage performances, dance and music.

Hello Kitty on stage in a cute pumpkin costume.

Hello Kitty on stage in a cute pumpkin costume.

funny Hello Kitty Halloween stickers with gold metallic by Kamio from Japan

funny Hello Kitty Halloween stickers with gold metallic by Kamio from Japan

funny black Halloween pumpkin card holder figurine from Japan

funny black Halloween pumpkin card holder figurine from Japan

Hello Kitty in Wonderland Art & Exhibition

This weekend Sanrio opened an exhibition called Hello Kitty Wonderland in Nagoya, Japan. Apart from funny optical illusions and a card game maze, the event location delights with lots of cute Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty art, created by the woman behind the cat, Japanese character designer and illustrator Yuko Yamaguchi. Just like the white bunny designs, the kawaii art of earlier successful Hello Kitty exhibitions show her strong influence on Sanrio’s most famous character, as seen in her lovely strawberry designs. We are sure Hello Kitty is in very good hands and can’t wait for her next cute creations.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty Wonderland exhibition opened in Japan.

An Alice in Wonderland inspired Hello Kitty Wonderland exhibition opened in Japan.

In wonderland Hello Kitty is transformed into a white bunny.

In wonderland Hello Kitty is transformed into an adorable white bunny.

At the event venue Hello Kitty Alice greets the arriving visitors.

At the event venue Hello Kitty Alice greets the arriving visitors.

The card game maze attracts young and old for an amazing time.

The card game maze attracts young and old, who are in for an amazing time.

This awesome optical illusion casts a cute Hello Kitty shadow. Or is it?

This awesome optical illusion casts a cute Hello Kitty shadow. Or is it?

Hello Kitty Art has become a successful event series throughout Japan.

Hello Kitty Art has become a successful event series throughout Japan.

The woman behind the cat. Third appointed Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and her protegee.

The woman behind the cat. Third appointed Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi and her protegee.

One of the earlier exhibitions with cute fruit artworks turned Hello Kitty into a strawberry.

One of the earlier exhibitions with cute fruit artworks turned Hello Kitty into a strawberry.

Colorful Hello Kitty sculptures at the exhibition 'Hello Kitty Art'.

Colorful Hello Kitty sculptures at the exhibition ‘Hello Kitty Art’.

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric pink

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric pink

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric Japan

double border Little Twin Stars Alice in Wonderland Sanrio oxford fabric Japan

cute pink white Alice in Wonderland pencil case from Japan

cute pink white Alice in Wonderland pencil case from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Chanrio Maker: Design your personal Sanrio character

Have you ever wanted to enter the world of Sanrio? Now might be your chance. With the new Chanrio Maker you can create your own digital character to meet Hello Kitty and My Melody.

In order to design your own cute Sanrio avatar you can upload photos, customize your style and choose from many colorful outfits, costumes and accessories.

Once you are happy with your own Chanrio, just name and download your character as a png file. In addition you can get a Chanrio Card printed with your character that allows you to get discounts at Puroland, Sanrio’s theme park in Tama New Town, Tokyo. We have tried it out and already feel a bit closer to our favorite characters.

With the Chanrio Maker you can design your personal Sanrio character.

With the Chanrio Maker you can design your personal Sanrio character.

You can choose from many outfits and costumes that fit your style.

You can choose from many outfits and costumes that fit your style.

You can also choose many Sanrio accessories to accompany your avatar.

You can also choose many Sanrio accessories to accompany your avatar.

Our Chanrio and her cute Sanrio friends make a great team. What do you think?

Our Chanrio and her cute Sanrio friends make a great team. What do you think?

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

white Hello Kitty Smile oxford fabric garden tulip flower by Sanrio from Japan

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Hello Kitty Fashion at Supercute Friendship Festival USA

Hello Kitty fans with a passion for high fashion will be amazed by Sanrio’s extravagant designer dresses. The kawaii apparel creations are part of this years Supercute Friendship Festival. The little white cat and her friends and are currently touring the United States in a bright extravaganza with dance and music. Part of the show are live stage performances, fun exhibits like a Hello Kitty movie theater and a festival merchandise shop. The dresses featuring the cute Sanrio characters would definitely make great Halloween costumes, although they don’t seem to be for sale. However, fans can visit the final festival event on August 22nd and 23rd in Phoenix Arizona and enjoy superb fashion styles whit Hello Kitty on a truly cute ‘cat walk’.

An amazing Hello Kitty dress made with hundreds of red ribbons.

An amazing Hello Kitty dress made with hundreds of red ribbons.

Hello Kitty has never looked more beautiful. The dress really expresses her character.

Hello Kitty has never looked more beautiful. The dress really expresses her character.

A pink funky interpretation of My Melody with a stunning wig.

A funky pink interpretation of My Melody with a stunning wig.

A pretty My Melody dress with flower dress for the summer.

A pretty My Melody dress with flowers for the summer.

A cool Badtz-Maru penguin dress with feathers. Looking quite mischievous.

A cool Badtz-Maru penguin dress with feathers. Looking quite mischievous.

The designs represent the Sanrio characters, while not looking like costumes.

The designs represent the Sanrio characters, while not looking like costumes.

All the cuts have a very classy touch, like this Purin princess dress.

All the cuts have a very classy touch, like this Purin princess dress.

Frog green hair and a funny Keroppi sequins dress.

Frog green hair and a funny Keroppi sequins dress.

Of course Hello Kitty takes part in the dance and fashion shows.

Of course Hello Kitty takes part in the dance and fashion shows.

Visitors can get kawaii temporary tattoos with their favorite Sanrio characters.

Visitors can get kawaii temporary tattoos of their favorite Sanrio characters.

This cute kitten in a cup is part of a bigger exhibition with a lot of art work and funny  movies.

This cute kitten in a cup is part of a bigger exhibition with a lot of art work and funny movies.

We are not sure which size these Hello Kitty slippers are, but maybe they could also be used as a bed.

We are not sure which size these Hello Kitty slippers are, but maybe they could also be used as a bed.

Hello Kitty on stage. Ready to rock with all her friends.

Hello Kitty on stage. Ready to rock with all her friends.

 

red Hello Kitty oxford fabric chef soup apple by Sanrio from Japan

red Hello Kitty oxford fabric chef soup apple by Sanrio from Japan

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Gudetama ‘Eggs-hibition’ and store in Hong Kong.

Say hello to Gudetama, one of Sanrio‘s new characters. This year the lazy little egg came out of his shell to surprise customers in Hong Kong’s busy shopping area Mong Kok. Together with a pop-up store, fans can explore truly ‘egg-cellent’ exhibits, including a kawaii Gudetama themed bakery, a commuter train and Japanese restaurants. As the pictures from the Hong Kong website unwire show, there are also some special limited edition products on sale until September. However, fans of Gudetama and Hello Kitty don’t need to go egg-hunting, but can find their favorite Sanrio characters at modes4u.

Gudetama turns 10 and celebrates with cake and egg tart in Hong Kong.

Gudetama turns 10 and celebrates with cake and egg tart in Hong Kong.

This Gudetama style Sushi restaurant is part of a big 'Eggs-hibition'  in Hong Kong.

This Gudetama style Sushi restaurant is part of a big ‘Eggs-hibition’ in Hong Kong.

Fans can see many new forms of the lazy little egg, like this Shushi roll.

Fans can see many new forms of the lazy little egg, like this Shushi roll.

In the bakery everything looks funny, cute and delicious.

In the bakery everything looks funny, cute and delicious.

Nothing can stir him up. Gudetama has a reputation for being lazy.

Nothing can stir him up. Gudetama has a reputation for being lazy.

All aboard the Gudetama train. No ticket required.

All aboard the Gudetama train. No ticket required.

Conductor Gudetama seems to take a break... Again.

Conductor Gudetama seems to take a break… Again.

We are sure a real Gudetama Ramen restaurant would be a success in Hong Kong.

We are sure a real Gudetama Ramen restaurant would be a success in Hong Kong.

It looks like visitors can join Gudetama for lunch.

It looks like visitors can join Gudetama for lunch.

The pop-up store is very popular among shoppers and tourists.

The pop-up store is very popular among shoppers and tourists.

Some of the special Gudetama items in the shop.

Some of the special Gudetama items in the shop.

yellow Gudetama lazy egg fabric from Sanrio Japan

yellow Gudetama lazy egg fabric from Sanrio Japan

off-white Gudetama lazy egg fabric from Sanrio Japan

off-white Gudetama lazy egg fabric from Sanrio Japan

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Sanrio birthday cake Re-Ment miniature blind box Hello Kitty Little Twin Stars

Little Twin Stars & My Melody 40th anniversary celebration in Hong Kong

Little Twin Stars and My Melody are celebrating their 40th Birthday this year. The cute Sanrio characters surprised customers in Hong Kong‘s shopping district Causeway Bay with a pop op store and an amazing exhibition, including a dream house, a flower truck, birthday cakes and much more. We found lovely pictures on the Hong Kong website jetsoclub, showing that the cute bunny and Kiki and Lala have become just as popular as their big sister Hello Kitty. The store in the colorful little house offers some special limited edition products, like kawaii pink anniversary backpacks. Fans can visit the exhibition until the end of August, but we just can’t wait to wish a Happy Birthday.

Little Twin Stars and My Melody celebrating their 40th Birthday.

Little Twin Stars and My Melody celebrating their 40th Birthday.

The cute Sanrio characters surprise shoppers in Hong Kong.

The cute Sanrio characters surprise shoppers in Hong Kong.

The shop offers some exclusive limited edition products.

The shop offers some exclusive limited edition products.

Kawaii pink Little Twin Stars & My Melody backpacks and more.

Kawaii pink Little Twin Stars & My Melody backpacks and more.

The colorful little dream house invites fans to visit until August 31st.

The colorful little dream house invites fans to visit until August 31st.

Cute delivery express. We wonder if we could send our orders like this.

Cute delivery express. We wonder if we could send our orders like this.

The anniversary exhibition also features friends of the little twins, like this cute mouse.

The anniversary exhibition also features Kiki and Lala’s friends.

Little Twin Stars unicorn lunch bag thermal bag from Japan

Little Twin Stars unicorn lunch bag thermal bag from Japan

Little Twin Stars dream house bedroom doll house Re-Ment miniature blind box

Little Twin Stars dream house bedroom doll house Re-Ment miniature blind box

My Melody bunny Vintage 5-pocket A4 file folder

My Melody bunny Vintage 5-pocket A4 file folder

First Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant opens in Hong Kong

You all know there are Hello Kitty inspired cafes, but you will be surprised to hear you can now feast on amazingly cute looking dumplings, steamed buns and Chinese pastries in the world’s first Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong. We found many pictures on L.A. times online and culture blogs, showing that just like the little white cat, the traditional Southern Chinese dish has become increasingly popular around the world in recent years. In particular in Hong Kong the original dim sum houses are a weekly ritual family meal, usually taken on weekend mornings. For Hello Kitty fans and lovers of Asian cuisine alike, there could hardly be a better way to spend a Sunday morning than a table of delicious steamed buns and tea with friends and family. The only challenge remaining is, the food nearly looks too cute to eat.

Looking lovely. The first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant opened in Hong Kong. picture from L.A. Times online

The first Hello Kitty Dim Sum restaurant opened in Hong Kong. picture from L.A. Times online

Deliciously cute. These Hello Kitty Steam buns. picture from kotaku.com

Deliciously cute. These Hello Kitty Steam buns. picture from kotaku.com

You can choose of a big variety of cute dishes.  picture from L.A. Times online

You can choose of a big variety of cute dishes. picture from L.A. Times online

Flavors of Asia. Hello Kitty blends amazingly well in. picture from ink361.com

Flavors of Asia. Hello Kitty blends amazingly well in. picture from ink361.com

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle pink bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty brown donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

Hello Kitty brown donut squishy charm for cellphone or bag

Happy Easter from modes4u

Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy your holidays, eat lots of chocolate bunnies and find many Easter eggs. As a little surprise, we have this lovely Hello Kitty wallpaper for you. We will take an Easter break from Friday, 3rd April, to Tuesday 7th April. We will be back in the office from Wednesday. You can already check our cute Easter products with adorable bunnies, chicks and eggs.

Hello Kitty loves colorful Easter eggs. How many will you find?

Hello Kitty loves colorful Easter eggs. How many will you find?

red rabbit Easter bunny Easter egg flower animal fabric from Japan

red rabbit Easter bunny Easter egg flower animal fabric from Japan

kawaii yellow bunny bear spring Easter flower animal fabric from Japan

kawaii yellow bunny bear spring Easter flower animal fabric from Japan

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