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Thank You! 2021 & The Future of Bay Area Kei

First of all, we'd like to thank everyone for attending Winter in the Woodlands, as well as any of the virtual events we've hosted this year. As we approach 2021, it's become clear that we are nowhere close to being able to gather in large groups for the foreseeable future. While we miss our friends and being able to socialize with our local community, we're also dedicated to ensuring that there are still engaging activities and events for the J-fashion community to participate in.

When this all started, we had no idea that these events would end up as popular as they have. For our first online event, we were freshly in lockdown, and the whole thing was thrown together in two weeks so it would match up with our now-cancelled local anime convention. As months passed with restrictions still in place and no end in sight, it seemed natural to plan another virtual event, since we all missed seeing each other in-person. Fast forward to December, and here we are with an entire official organization of people dedicated to planning virtual events for the foreseeable future.

So, what are our plans for 2021? First off, we're excited to announce a new event in February called Garnet Gateau. This will be a Valentine's Day themed event, and the name is meant to invoke desserts, jewels, and opulence, all enjoyed in comfort in your home. It will take place February 5th - 7th, which is the weekend before Valentine's Day (so as not to conflict with any planned date nights 👀). We will be posting more details about this soon, so please subscribe to the email list and follow our social media for the latest updates!

To kick off the new year, we will also be debuting a series of J-fashion indie shop interviews on the Bay Area Kei Twitch Channel starting in January! During each episode, we will meet the faces behind the brands we have worked with so far and get to know more about their backgrounds, design inspirations, future plans, and more. We will announce the schedule of our planned interviews soon, so please stay tuned!

Once again, we cannot thank you all enough for attending our events. Even though we haven't been able to meet in-person, seeing you all enjoying yourselves virtually has brightened up our year. If you dressed up to attend tea, or participated in an Instagram challenge, or supported a small business, or watched panels - we sincerely thank you.

-Bay Area Kei


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