FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS BAY AREA KEI?

Bay Area Kei is an organization that focuses on creating events for the J-fashion community! Currently, all events are hosted virtually across a variety of platforms, including Twitch and Discord.   

HOW DO I ATTEND AN EVENT?

Our events are free to attend and are held online across a few different online platforms. You can choose to participate in any number of ways, including shopping directly with our affiliated vendors, watching panels hosted on Twitch, and participating in virtual tea parties and event discussion on Discord. We also upload panels on YouTube if you cannot watch the livestream! Direct links are posted online during each event. Please follow our social media, server channels, and check our website for event updates!   

ARE YOUR EVENTS EXCLUSIVE TO THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE BAY AREA OR CALIFORNIA?

Not at all! Our team is based in California - mostly the Bay Area, hence our namesake. 

All of our events are virtual and available to all members of the J-fashion community, regardless of location.

HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT NEW EVENTS?

The best way to keep up to date with our announcements is by subscribing to our event newsletter and by following our social media! You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also join our Discord for event announcements!

I’M A J-FASHION DESIGNER, ARTIST, OR STOCKIST AND AM INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN AN UPCOMING EVENT!

Thank you for your interest! All shop application forms are open-call and posted on the website prior to each event. Please email us directly at bayareakei@gmail.com if you would like to join our brand mailing list and be alerted of upcoming events to apply to. Brand selection for all events is a juried process, so please have examples of past work available for us to view. We reserve the right to reject applications at our discretion, for reasons such as, but not limited to: experience, quality, and relevance to our events. If you were turned down previously, please feel free to reapply to future events! 

 

For more information about how to participate in our events as a vendor, please visit this page!

I WOULD LIKE TO HOST A PANEL FOR THE NEXT EVENT!

We love to bring in new faces and ideas to our dedicated J-fashion programing! We typically open applications for panelists around 1-2 months before an event, at which point you can apply via submission form. If you would like to contact us to pitch an idea before submitting an application, please email us at bayareakei@gmail.com. Please note that all panelist applications are juried on the basis of experience and how well the topic fits the event theme.

I’M IN ANOTHER ORGANIZATION AND WOULD LIKE TO COLLABORATE ON VIRTUAL EVENTS!

We’re happy to work with other groups to expand the range of J-fashion programming and content that is available digitally to our community! Please email us directly at bayareakei@gmail.com with information about your organization and your timelines. Please understand that depending on the timing and availability of our members, we may have to decline participating in an event, but are still happy to provide some resources and pointers on virtual event planning.

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER WITH BAY AREA KEI?

Thank you so much in your interest! At the moment, what we need in terms of volunteers is mostly day-of-event duties, such as tea party moderation or Twitch stream moderation. Please feel free to also reach out if you have any specializations that you feel could be utilized to make our events more accessible.

ARE YOU PLANNING ON EVENTUALLY HOSTING IN-PERSON EVENTS?

Although we have lofty day dreams about hosting extravagant meets at old Northern Californian estates and tea gardens, we do not have any plans for the immediate future for COVID safety reasons. Please stay tuned for further announcements! 

WILL BAY AREA KEI HOST VIRTUAL EVENTS AFTER THE PANDEMIC?

Yes! We absolutely love being able to host events for the international community. We still plan on hosting a few online events annually following the end of the lockdown.

CAN I INTERVIEW YOU, OR FEATURE YOUR EVENTS IN A BLOG OR NEWS POST?

Absolutely! You don’t need to contact us or ask permission before writing any blog posts, but feel free to email or tag us afterwards, since we would love to see the post when it goes up!  

Please direct all media questions to bayareakei@gmail.com if you have any specific questions for our team.

IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL US DIRECTLY AT BAYAREAKEI@GMAIL.COM OR USE OUR CONTACT FORM TO REACH OUT