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Angelic Pretty Lolita Fashion

If you’re into Japanese Lolita fashion brands, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “lolita” is not the Nabokov novel, but rather frilly dresses with bows and curls.

If you’ve always wanted to try Japanese Lolita fashion brands, but you’re scared of being branded an “ita,” fear not! What you need to do is go for trusted Lolita brands. So if you want to check out the stores in person, shop online, or rummage through second-hand markets, here are a few brands to look out for.

 

Japanese Lolita Fashion Brands : Angelic Pretty

Angelic Pretty Japanese Lolita Fashion brandsCreated in 1979 and initially called simply “Pretty”, the brand became Angelic Pretty in 2001. They specialize in Sweet Tokyo Lolita fashion brands, with a focus on every girl’s secret wish of becoming a princess. Colorful and whimsical, Angelic Pretty’s designs are perfect for dreamers who want to venture into their own urban fairy-tale. Also worthy of a special mention are the brand’s socks, which feature loads of lace and one-of-a-kind prints, making them a must-have for any fan of unique accessories.

Website (English) ||| Facebook (English) ||| Twitter (Japanese only) ||| Instagram ||| Online Store

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00 – 21:00

 

Atelier Pierrot

atelier_pierrot Japanese Lolita Fashion brandsLeather and lace and perfect for your masquerade. Atelier Pierrot’s store in Harajuku has not only their own Japanese Lolita fashion brands, but many others from this article. It’s a must-stop for Lolita brands or any of the Punk brands from my previous article.

Website ||| Facebook (English) ||| Online Store (for Overseas)

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Station, 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station  (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open Daily 11am – 9pm

Baby, The Stars Shine Bright

alice_pirates Lolita fashion brandsThis brand is named after Everything But The Girl’s 1986 album. created in 1988, it is one of the Japanese Lolita fashion brands with connections to the visual kei scene. In fact, one of the models in their September 2008 runway show was Hizaki, guitarist for bands such as Versailles and Jupiter, and wearer of elaborate gowns. Alice and the Pirates, a sub-brand of Baby, The Stars Shine Bright sells gorgeous Sweet Lolita dresses inspired by 18th century European fashion. The brand is also the favorite of one of the main characters of the manga, book and movie of Shimotsuma Monogatari (aka Kamikaze Girls).

Website (Japanese and English) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Twitter (English) ||| Instagram ||| Online Store (English)

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station , inside the PARCO building (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open Daily 10am – 9pm

 

Milk

Milk japanese lolita fashion brandsWhether you’re a dedicated Lolita or just someone who’s reluctant to go for a full-blown ribbons & laces look, Milk is the place for you. The brand, founded in 1970, even has its own mythology. According to them, as God was about to drink a glass of milk, he accidentally spilled some of it over Harajuku. In order to make up for this little whoopsie, He decided to change the spilled milk into the wonderful shop of the same name. Milk plays a strong Lolita game by offering pieces that embody an ideal balance between sweet, the frilly, and the practical. Milk has exactly the amount of sugar, dreams, and spice to make your day just a little bit more surreal. Check out our article on Milk here!

 

Moi-même-moiti

Moi-même-moiti is the brand you need to go for if you’re interested in Gothic Lolita. The brand was created by the cross-dressing visual kei musician Mana (of Malice Mizer and Moi dix Mois). Moi-même-moiti’s black dresses, skirts, lacy hair accessories, and jewelry are adorned with delicate crosses. Pieces from the brand’s 2007 cathedral print collection are still highly sought after on second-hand Lolita markets and would make a wonderful acquisition for any fan of the style.

Online Store (via Google Translate) ||| Overseas Online Store

 

Pure One

Although Lolita style is about being demure, Pure One is a good brand for those who wish to experiment with the look. The brand specializes in corsets, and every piece is versatile enough to go with a variety of different outfits and styles. Pure One has created stage wear for several Japanese musicians, including the gender-bending Kaya. The brand offers plenty of choices, so whether you’re on the lookout for a Gothic corset or a brightly-colored one, risky cut-outs or a demure Victorian style, you will certainly find something to your liking. All you need to do is dare.

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December 12, 2016 0 comment
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hyper core Tokyo Punk Fashions

Punk is a major influence in Harajuku street fashion. However, Japanese punk clothing brands are different from what you might expect. It’s not London punk or New York punk (though it does take inspiration from them) but a unique mix not to be found anywhere else in the world. With its artful, flowing shapes and studied silhouettes, Japanese punk clothing always seems to be on the brink of affected elegance, but careful never to fall into it. So, if you’re on the lookout for structured plaid pants, unique graphic tees, and lots of black everything, here are a few shops that are worth a visit.

Algonquins

algonquins Inside Harajuku’s La Foret Mall is Algonquins. Their style is a girly, colorful punk that flirts with Lolita, especially when it comes to the skirts with petticoats and military-inspired dresses. Their tank tops and casual dresses are ideal for hanging out with your friends or going to a live concert, while their wide-legged pants, either plain black or with plaid inserts, are bound to make you look too cool for school.

Website (via Google Translate) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Station, 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11am-9pm

 

ankoROCK

ankorock Japanese Punk Clothing BrandsOK, so you’re still inside La Foret mall. If you love loose-fit clothes and quirky prints in slim-fit styles, just move on over to ankoROCK. The star of the brand’s current collection is an adorable and mischievous creature that looks like a cat with a unicorn horn and wears human clothes. You can find this character on T-shirts, jackets and canvas bags. Other eye-catchers are the lace-up boots and sailor-style tunics.

Website (Japanese and English) | Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Station, 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11am-9pm

 

Hyper Core

hyper core Tokyo Punk FashionsLocated across the street from La Foret Mall, Hyper Core greets its visitors with a youthful aesthetic that’s bound to appeal to punk-rock fans as well as graphic design enthusiasts. Here you’ll find basic pieces such as hoodies, T-shirts, and loose-fit tunics printed with one-of-a-kind graphics signed by the brand’s creator, Japanese artist Hisacy. Among the original characters that illustrate the clothes you’ll encounter Sicks Bear, a depressed anti-conformist teddy, and cute, feisty punk girls, such as Thursday. You can also buy iPhone cases featuring these characters, and don’t forget to pick up a brightly colored accessory or a pair of socks to complete your look.

Website (Japanese and English) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Station, 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open Daily 12am – 7pm

 

Monomania

monomania Japanese Punk fashionWhen you go to LaForet Mall, don’t forget to check out Monomania. It’s a menswear shop, but that doesn’t mean that ladies on the hunt for Japanese punk clothing can’t go in and have a peek. The style is loose-fit, black and with playful prints. You can buy hoodies printed with teddy bears or star-eyed skulls, canvas bags and studded accessories. Our personal favorite was a t-shirt with a vampire fangs print.

Website | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Station, 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11am – 9pm

 

Never Mind the XU

never mind the xu Tokyo Punk FashionsWe’re willing to bet that the name of this shop, located inside Harajuku’s La Foret mall, is an homage to the Sex Pistols iconic 1977 album Never Mind the Bollox. Their aesthetic is decidedly modern with a few nods to the legacy of the 1970s. The shop offers a wide range of versatile t-shirts and jackets, as well as many accessories to punk up your look. They also sell Demonia boots, whose thick soles and heavy-yet-sleek look have made them a favorite among Harajuku’s trendy youth. For an even more hardcore look, you can also pick up a studded leather bracelet or collar, or – why not? – a leather harness.

Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Station, 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11am-9pm

 

Online Japanese Punk Clothing: SEX POT ReVeNGe

With a name bound to grab your attention (to the point where you don’t even notice the rather strange use of lower and upper case), SEX POT ReVeNGe was once located on a side street in Omotesando, but has since moved online. The brand offers a wide selection of artfully distressed shirts whose prints feature crosses, skulls, strange symbols and bizarre, but rather friendly-looking creatures. They also sell heavily-buckled skirts and trousers and black jackets with unique designs. Although currently homeless, this Japanese punk clothing brand remains popular with the Harajuku fashion set and would be a great addition to your look.

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November 24, 2016 0 comment
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Vintage items make up an important part of any trendy Tokyoite’s wardrobe. But if you’re a budget fashionista rummaging through the goodie piles of Harajuku’s vintage stores, you might find even those prices to be a bit forbidding. Even second-hand, pretty much everything costs over 5,000 yen. You want to find that one great bargain but you’re not even sure where to begin to look for it.

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The answer to your question is Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion, a flea market that takes place on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. The location is the Farmer’s Market@UNU (United Nations University) in Aoyama. When you get there, just step through the farmer’s market and the vintage wonderland will open up to you.

Raw Tokyo started as a joint project of Kinsella and Aquvii, two stores that sell vintage clothing. The name alludes to the raw realness of Tokyo street fashion, which incorporates items that are a few years or even a few decades old. The event’s main purpose is to draw attention to the idea of re-use in a world where fast-fashion reigns supreme, with new items produced and discarded at an alarming pace.

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Over 20 Tokyo vintage stores take part in Raw Tokyo vintage fashion flea market, and they all lower their prices for the event. You can find one-of-a-kind T-shirts – maybe even that one band T-shirt you’ve been looking for ages – for as little as 1,000 yen. If designer labels are your thing, there’s plenty to choose from. The clothes are in good condition and priced so low that it’s almost a giveaway. It’s not everyday that you can find LANVIN PARIS shirts for only a few thousand yen, but you will at Raw Tokyo. This may sound unbelievable, but on the latest edition one of the stands sold genuine leather jackets for only 5,000 yen.

Vintage jeans, a staple of any Japanese used clothing store, aren’t missing from this event. You can find any style you’re looking for, from straight-leg Levi’s to drawstring mom jeans for an 80’s inspired look. The prices go as low as 3,000 yen.

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Low-priced traditional Japanese clothing items can also be found at Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion flea market. If you’re looking to build an outfit that says 100% Tokyo street style, we’d like to suggest picking up a haori jacket to go with your T-shirt and cool vintage jeans.

Those of you who are willing and able to splurge can also check out the independent designers who take part in the market. You can grab a brand new T-shirt and have it printed with an original design on the spot, or you can go for loose-fit organic cotton pieces or sturdy oversized hoodies.

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And, since all this shopping is bound to make you hungry and thirsty, you’ll be glad to know that you can always stop at one of the food or coffee stands to recharge your batteries.

Does all this sound like a bargain-hunting fashionista’s dream? That’s because it is! Mark the first weekend of every month in your calendar. And when the day comes, go forth and shop!

Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion Flea Market Location Information

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Omotesando Station, 11-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

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Hours of Operation:  First Saturday and Sunday of the month, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

“Why Go?”: Great bargains, vintage clothing, independent designers, good food, fun atmosphere

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October 18, 2016 0 comment
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If you’re looking for a bag that is a practical and sturdy enough for an adventurous trip all over Japan, pay a visit to the Yoshida & Co. flagship store KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO.

Founded by Kichizo Yoshida in 1935, Yoshida & Co has become one of Japan’s leading bag manufacturing companies for its sleek yet understated bags and wallets. High quality material such as Italian leather, Egyptian cotton, and organic cotton from Texas and various nylon textiles are all source materials for their creations. They also have been challenging to develop their original fabric. Yoshida& Co bags are also very exclusive-from design to final product, the brand is produced entirely in Japan.

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Yoshida & Co. has two main brands, both of which you can find in their Omotesando flagship store. PORTER, the brand launched in 1962, is named for the one person who can tell if you have a quality bag- the hotel porter, who had lots of experience handling customers’ bags. PORTER’s ladies line, PORTER GIRL, launched in 2009. While the PORTER products are unisex, PORTER GIRL is aimed exclusively at a feminine audience. The brand maintains the original PORTER’s strong and high-quality characteristics while reinterpreting them in a sweeter and softer key. LUGGAGE LABEL came along in 1984, combining originality and innovation with day-to day practicality. LUGGAGE LABEL’s military-style long-seller series of bags has been popular and cherished by adult men in any age.

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If you’re shy about your Japanese skill, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. You will find English speaking staff at the KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO flagship store. You will also be glad to know you’re not alone because there are many foreign customers visiting the store.

KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA OMOTESANDO store also provides tax-free service. So, pay them a visit and take your time browsing, for one of these timeless pieces might just be your soulmate. You want to be careful and get the one that you want to carry around with at all times.

KURA CHIKA YOSHIDA Omotesando Store Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Omotesando Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Get an exclusive bag from a world-famous design, at the ONLY place you can get it!

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September 13, 2016 0 comment
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