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Wangmo Makes Its Online Debut

The Sakyong Wangmo is delighted to introduce Wangmo—a new online retail wangmo1business—and announce the debut of its website, Wangmodesigns.com.

“My vision for Wangmo is to give women a chance to express their radiance, display their confidence, and enjoy the magic of being a woman,” she says.

Wangmo features clothing, jewelry and home decor that blend the beauty and brilliance of traditional Himalayan culture with a modern, feminine sensibility.

Wangmo’s selections showcase an array of modern and traditional designs, handwoven fabrics, vibrant textiles and rich colors from the Sakyong Wangmo’s home region. Wangmo’s pashimana shawls, cardigans and jewelry are carefully chosen, one item at a time, from the finest markets in India and Nepal, where fabrics are also handpicked and purchased in small batches for the highest quality.

Encouraged by requests from women in the sangha, the Sakyong Wangmo initially shared her love of fashion and design within the Shambhala community. With Wangmo, she hopes to offer a sense of lungta and elegance to Western women everywhere.

wangmo2The half chuba is Wangmo’s signature item, expressing the timeless beauty of Himalayan culture, tailored to a Western audience.  The half chuba can be worn as elegant eveningwear, fashionable work attire or as a practical alternative to pants.  “The surprising thing about the half chuba is how comfortable it is,” says Lisa Johnston, Wangmo’s director. “You can move freely in it.  After all, they’re made for meditation practice.” Handmade, Wangmo’s half chubas are offered in elegant brocades and deep solids in a variety of textures and weights.

To create the website, Lisa teamed up with Sweet Design, owned by graphic designerwangmo3 and Boulder community member Mary Sweet. “Mary and her team’s abundant support and creativity have produced a beautiful showcase for Wangmo,” says Lisa. “We received collaborative support from so many sangha friends to bring this to fruition, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. For example, when you visit the website, you’ll likely recognize most of our models. Many of them are sangha members in Boulder,” where Wangmo is based. “Come take a look and see what Wangmo has to offer. You’ll find not just beautiful ‘things’, but a whole sensibility. And be sure to join the Wangmo Facebook community so you can give us your feedback, receive notices of sales and special offers, and become a part of Wangmo’s ongoing vision. Enjoy!”

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7 responses to “ Wangmo Makes Its Online Debut ”
  1. Well wisher
    Mar 23, 2015

    Wow, People need to calm down and not take this so seriously. Wangmo designs is merely a fun creative platform for women who “can” afford to treat themselves with high quality hand woven pashminas and classic yet fashionable chubas to wear during suitable events. Ofcourse people will compare this to the teachings of Buddhism and how it contradicts the video Sakyong had made .. But one main thing about Buddhism is not only It is one of the oldest philosophies.. It is also known for its graceful way of adapting to different centuries and in order to truly be successful and achieve any sort of happiness one must learn to balance spiritual practice and the lovely benefits of our modern world. And there ain’t nothing wrong with a little bit of treating ourselves to fabulous clothing ahah. Take a chill pill people and enjoy!

  2. Joseph Pratt
    Feb 27, 2015

    Not to disrespect the previous comment by (a different) Joe P., but I am delighted to see this offering by the Sakyong Wangmo. This clothing line looks quite elegant and tastefully done. I sincerely hope it is well-received and successful.

  3. Several years ago the Sakyong put out a music video – “What About Me?” I thought is was a great expression of, among other things, how materialistic thinking isn’t going to lead to happiness. At least true happiness. I thought the video was a creative expression of Buddhist principles. Now several years later, here is on online retail business which, as it says, expresses “the timeless beauty of Himalayan culture, tailored to a Western audience.” I’m probably not exaggerating when I say that 99.9% of the people that comprise Himalayan culture today could not afford to purchase the items to be sold by this business. Of course, as it says, it’s “tailored to a Western audience” that could presumably afford to pay top dollar for the elegance of the products offered. In the video, the Sayong asks – “will these clothes make me happy?” Yet this business is marketing high priced elegance. IMHO, this is a sad departure from the message of the video. I find it very sad to promote a business that is tailored to directly appeal to materialistic desires. Maybe instead of selling a beautiful $180 shawl to a financially secure westerner, a more modest financial contribution that might directly aid the poor in the Himalayas could be encouraged. At the very least, the resulting profits should be directed to such a cause. Is that the case?

  4. I’m struck by the ambiguous descriptives: radiance, confidence, magic. They fit equally well in a Shambhala missive or in a fashion magazine. I wonder what is the magic of being a woman. Can I expect “uplifting” silk ties and shaving kits to help me “enjoy the magic of being a man”? Will Wangmo-wear be de rigeur at official Shambhala events going forward? I expect so. Does it have spiritual qualities? Apparently.

    Contrast this with Buddhist teachings. Any Buddhist teachings. Perhaps the 4 Noble Truths. Or maybe the 4 Reminders. They teach us that the “magic” of being a woman or man is essentially an addiction to a false sense of self, and that worldly fulfillments are a mirage. Perhaps I’m being a wet towel, doing a “Hinayana ascetic trip”. We’ve all transcended spiritual materialism by not being hippies, after all, haven’t we? So what’s the harm in a little decoration? Still, I can’t help feeling dismayed by the conflation of implied spiritual terms (lungta, confidence) with ethnic/authenticity consumerism and worldly vanity.

  5. Petra Mudie
    Feb 26, 2015

    Heartfelt thanks to Wangmo Designs! Your brilliant colours are delightful, uplifting and warming. They shine radiance into this icy east coast winter.

  6. Reese McKay
    Feb 25, 2015

    Great idea! These look really elegant too.

  7. Timaree Bierle-Dodds
    Feb 24, 2015

    Such great news. Thank you Your Majesty for the creative and delightful offering!

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