Halley, our Chair and the designer for The Black Ribbon, has been organizing annual J-fashion runway shows and indie pop up shops for the Bay Area Community since 2014. In 2019, planning started on more interactive J-fashion content for our local anime convention, and a team of experienced and motivated members of the community gathered together to start implementing in-person events. When Covid-19 hit, we redirected our efforts towards online content. Bay Area Kei was born out of the feeling that we, as a community, needed to stay connected during a global pandemic. We aim to create an inclusive space for anyone interested in J-fashion, and to provide our fellow community members with content and events that allow them to stay engaged and active within the community.
You can connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, and YouTube.
MEET THE TEAM
Mindy (she/her) is an eclectic lolita who has been dabbling in J-fashion since 2015, and she has been actively hosting meets for the SF/Bay Area lolita community since 2016. She is the Bay Area Kei Fashion Show Director, and outside of video editing, general organizing, and modding, she likes to do K-pop dance covers and read fantasy novels.
Her J-fashion IG is @mintypile, and she would really like it if you subscribed to her neglected YouTube channel, MindyPileDance (pls).
Sara, or Bread, (she/her) has been wearing lolita fashion since 2011, and helps moderate events and Twitch streams. She enjoys pointy stilettos and shiny things.
You can find her on Instagram @bread.first.search
Jessica, or Obsixwi (she/her), is a gothic/kuro lolita. She has been wearing lolita fashion since 2012 and has helped The Black Ribbon host the Fanime Fashion Show and Holiday Pop Up in previous years. She is the contact point for panelists, maintains the website, and manages the Bay Area Kei social media.
You can find her on Instagram @obsixwi
Purestmaiden (she/her/hers) has been wearing lolita since 2006. She loves quirky, old-school lolita pieces, especially when they're from Metamorphose. She assists with panels, general organization, and other odd jobs. When she's not wearing lolita or helping with events, she loves to hike and paddleboard.
You can find her on Instagram @purestmaiden.
Kelp (she/her) has been in the world of J-fashion since getting her first Gothic and Lolita Bible in 2001, and later completed both a master's thesis and doctoral dissertation comparing fashion-based personae as represented in alternative magazines. She helps with copy editing and moderation duties.
You can find her on Instagram @itskelp
Emma, or Nycticeivs (she/her), is a gothic lolita who has been wearing the fashion since 2016. Her specialties are all things horror and taking spooky pictures. She assists with community management, tea party planning, graphics and videos, and tech (Discord & Twitch).
Mani, or tokkigo (she/her), is a creature unlike any other. She emerged from a sinkhole in 2016 and has plagued the lolita community ever since. She serves as a web designer and court jester.
You can find her on Instagram @tokkigo
TEAM MEMBERS EMERITUS
Lina, or Lili/LilianaAvriel (she/her), is a gothic/classic lolita. She has been wearing the fashion since 2007. She is the designer/owner of J-fashion accessory store Paradise Rose Shop and helps with tea party and livestream moderation.
You can find her on Instagram @frillyelly.