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Jun Okamoto Shibuya Tokyo Japan 2

Jun Okamoto Shibuya Tokyo Japan 1

Jun Okamoto is a graduate designer from the world famous Bunka Fashion College. Starting his career in menswear, Okamoto worked in Paris and honed his techniques prior to branching out into women’s clothing.

At the Jun Okamoto Daikanyama shop, the designer’s clothing choices focuses on natural cottons and linens that drape and flow with the body. Jun Okamoto’s designs are deceptively simple, but the quality materials and modern Japanese sewing techniques along with the innovative design combine to form quality garments. The Daikanyama shop offers men’s and women’s clothing and a range of natural appeal accessories to go along with your new outfit! The clothing styles range from fitted to casual-baggy, so it is advised to try on before you buy. As with most Japanese clothes, size can be deceiving!

Jun Okamoto’s clothing is for high- to mid-range fashion shoppers. It’s a must-stop if you are in Tokyo looking for high-quality Japanese fashion clothing that you can’t get outside of Japan. Jun Okamoto is always working on his latest idea, so be sure to stop by frequently to see what he is offering.

Jun Okamoto Shibuya Tokyo Japan 2

Jun Okamoto Shibuya Store Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram

Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Daikanyama Station (Tokyu-Toyoko Line) or 10-minute walk from Ebisu Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Closed Tuesdays.

“Why Go?”: Fantastic Japanese designs in natural fabrics that you can’t get anywhere else!

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September 7, 2016 0 comment
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World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo Japan

World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo Japan

World Wide Love is a fun and quirky hipster-style brand based in Tokyo. Relaxed and chilled, this brand is targeted toward a younger audience with its funny cuteness with an punk edge. The branch inside the LaForet shopping center in Harajuku is an eye-catcher, with their illustrative graphic tees and checked and printed skirts.

World Wide Love’s signature is a spray-painted smiley face, and they sell an array of hoodies and other clothing with their logo. They have done many collaborations with popular cartoons and anime (One Piece, Garfield, Adventure Time). The brand is exclusive to Japan, so you’ll be sure to stand out back home in your authentic Japanese street-style! World Wide Love also offers a range of footwear, from studded shoes, strappy boots, and the trendy platform sandals that don’t look like they are going out of style any time soon. World Wide Love also offers a range of accessories like leather cuff bracelets, punk-style baseball caps, and spike-studded rings.

The fabric quality of the World Wide Love brand is composed of a basic jersey used in all their t-shirts, cottons for their pants, and sheer organzas and denims. Prices are mid-range, which is very affordable in exchange for the quality and branding that you get in exchange. So if you’re looking for an easy and affordable Japanese street style that you can’t get anywhere else, World Wide Love in Shibuya’s LaForet Shopping Center is the place to go!

World Wide Love Shibuya Location Information

Website (via Google Translate)  | Twitter | Instagram | LINE QR Code | Online Store

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station, 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line). Inside the LaForet shopping center. (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

“Why Go?”: A stylish and affordable street brand that you can only get in Tokyo!

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September 5, 2016 0 comment
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White Mountaineering Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

White Mountaineering Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

White Mountaineering is a Japanese brand that focuses on outdoor wear. “The field in which we wear clothes is all outdoors One, design. Two, utility. Three, technology” is their (admittedly lengthy) motto, but the clothes fit the concept. Founded by fashion designer Yosuke Aizawa in 2005, the designs revolve around a rugged, practical theme that still finds time for creating a good, fashionable look.  Whether climbing and hiking in the countryside or braving snowy urban streets, White Mountaineering will see you through in style! White Mountaineering has collaborated with other brands such as Barbour and Addidas originals, and his work has been showcased in Milan and Paris.

The clothes are all about practically, designed for the man who likes to go hiking, camping and fishing. With multiple functional elements in the jackets, coats, and hoodies, this is definitely the brand to look out for if you want to climb Mt. Fuji! The clothes and jackets are made from heavy-duty and water-resistant fabrics like coated cottons and canvases.White Mountaineering’s range of shirts are plain, printed, patch-work, and appliqué cottons (layered and sewn fabric onto another base fabric) matched to create technically appealing pieces in a Japanese in style. Technical paneling decoration and fit on their cargo pants, turtle neck coats, and lumberjack shirts give the brand a distinctive and eye-catching appeal, with contrasting and complimenting patterns and colours.

The White Mountaineering brand offers a good range of accessories, from active-wear trainers to practical sandals to multi pocketed rucksacks and tote bags. As with their other offerings, the fabrics of the bags are high-endurance coated heavy cottons, canvases and linens that come in a range of prints.

Prices at White Mountaineering are mid- to high-range, a great value for the quality and endurance of their offerings. So if you’re looking for rugged outdoor clothing with Japanese practicality, find and explore White Mountaineering in Shibuya!

White Mountaineering Shibuya Location Information

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

Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Rugged outdoor clothing that looks great on the streets or in the wild!

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September 1, 2016 0 comment
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GGD Harajuku Tokyo Japan

GGD Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Focusing on modern Japanese men’s fashion, the GGD brand is stylish, simple, and easy to wear. With mannequins out front displaying their latest offerings, GGD is the place to go for that laissez-faire shopping experience. The brand says it “is armed with creative ideas to express its era, create culture, the boom, calculated silhouette,” which they’ve achieved with their clothing. The shop covers its own range as well as offerings from other brands, all of which fit into a smart-sportswear crossed with hip-hop sensibilities. GGD offers a concept of fashion that is very western and ‘street’ in appearance.

The style of GGD is a reflection of the Tokyo streets. Plaid and animal-print fitted cotton shirts, plain coloured silk screen printed tees, and stylized paneled and ripped jeans fit in every man’s wardrobe and is the uniform of fashion for the younger Japanese men of Tokyo.

GGD Harajuku Location Information

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

Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station; 8-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Stylish, on trend modern Japanese street fashion.

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August 25, 2016 0 comment
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Christian DADA Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Christian DADA Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Christian DADA, formed by Mansanori Morikawa, is an ever growing Japanese fashion icon. The rebellious spirit within his work definitely makes him a high-end Japanese fashion designer to look for when you’re in Harajuku! Christian DADA is based in a basement floor, which is a little tricky to find. The only form of signage is a small black sign that’s easy to miss (pictured), but hopefully our photo and map will help you find this shop!

Entering the store down the stairs adjacent the large window, you can peer in as you make you way into the monochromatic shop. It is an industrial looking space, unusual for a high-end brand. But once inside, the staff were very nice and willing to tell me about the seasons collection. And they are used to customers coming from all over the world, so they are ready and able to converse in English and describe their fashion line.

Predominantly men’s wear, the clothes in store are edgy, rebellious, and full of punk style. Digital print shirts with great contrast finishing, ripped black skinny jeans, a range of woolen, cashmere and plead woolen dresses and intricate paneled skirts and a whole range of embroidered and colored soft leather jackets. Christian DADA designs are deceptively simple Japanese concept designs. The finishing, detail, and subtle touches to the design of the fly zips, cuffs and collars make the pieces an eye-catching mix between Japanese style and western punk.

The quality of the fabric is great! Christian DADA clothing uses soft leathers, heavy cottons, denims, wools and cashmeres.  Depending on the season, they may also use sheer fabrics and silks. Strong graphics shirts and t-shirts on soft jersey can be worn as one eye-catching outfit or incorporated into your existing wardrobe. It’s a style that will make anybody effortlessly cool!

As befitting a high-end brand, the prices are not for your average clothes shopper. But for the quality, design and concept behind each piece and for the sheer perfection of this brand its worth a check out…even just to see some great embroidered garments.

Christian DADA Harajuku Shop Information

Website | Facebook (Japanese) | Instagram

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

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 8:30 pm

“Why Go?”: Edgy, fashionable and completely unique modern Japanese clothing for men and women!

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August 22, 2016 0 comment
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Loveless Tokyo Japan

Loveless Tokyo Japan

Entering, you instantly feel as if you have been transported to an high-end boutique with dim lit lights and wide screen TV’s playing fashion shows and photo shoot footage. Mannequins are everywhere, showing off the latest looks the Loveless has discovered and giving you a picture of how you can dress when you shop here. Great for outfit ideas if you’re clueless about what you’re looking for! Browsing, you’ll find that the prices go from mid-range on up, so what may seem like an intimidating high-end shop is actually quite affordable. It would be a shame to miss out on this great boutique!

Loveless is a boutique near Omotesando station that draws its clothing from a mix of Japanese styles and overseas imports.  The mix of clothing origins here may cause some sizing issues, so try before you buy. The fitted clothes can be….very fitted! (see our article on buying clothes and size conversions here).

Loveless deals primarily in women’s fashion. The boutique range covers the basics of pencil skirts, fitted dresses, Japanese style fitted high-waisted shorts, drain pipe formal pants as well as the Japanese style wide leg pants, a range of t-shirts for men, jeans, blouses and more. Its style is semi-casual to mostly formal, with great pieces you can wear either to the office or for going out in the evening. The boutique also covers a good range of accessories, bags and shoes to finish off your outfits.

Loveless does have a men’s section, but not a very large one. The men’s area is primarily dedicated to sophisticated and sleek  suits in basic, coloured, patterned, and printed styles, all reasonably priced.

Loveless boutique cultivates a tasteful array of clothing for the discerning fashionista. Be sure to check out their collection at their Minami-Aoyama shop!

Loveless Boutique Minami-Aoyama Information

Website | Facebook | Twitter (Japanese) | Online Store (Japanese)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Select your next wardrobe from an array of Japanese and imported fashions!

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August 18, 2016 0 comment
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Relume Journal Standard 1

Relume Journal Standard 1

relume Journal Standard is a unisex Japanese fashion brand that focuses on modern Japanese style and trends. The brand reflects this concept with a minimalist design philosophy, making simple yet stylish clothes for everyday wear. relume Journal Standard’s motto is “Just good adult fashion not to stretch.” Their design style is a mix of eastern sewing shape-and-drape techniques with western-style clothing such as linen tops, lowered-crotch harem pants and pleated skirts, sophisticated skinny jeans, and shirts to make an easy everyday style.

Entering any of the numerous shops across Harajuku, Shibuya and Shinjuku you’ll notice that they are split up into different sections. Stores feature printed garments, patterned and graphic illustrations t-shirts, and sweaters. The fabrics of this design are high-quality linens, cottons, and silks. The small sizes may seem intimidating, but the range offers plenty of baggy casual shirts and t-shirts, fitted pants, and skirts. As with all Japanese brands, be sure to try things on before you buy! (Read our handy guide to buying Western-sized clothes in Japan for assistance on size conversions).

relume Journal Standard is a mid-range brand, with affordable clothing for almost every budget. Whether you’d like to shop for high-quality clothing to spruce up your current wardrobe or a whole new stylish outfit, relume Journal Standard is the place to go!

relume Journal Standard Location Information

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

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Harajuku station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Stylish unisex fashions for everyday wear!

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August 15, 2016 0 comment
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PT Alfred Ebisu Tokyo Japan

PT Alfred Ebisu Tokyo Japan

Based in Ebisu, the PT Alfred menswear shop with a large number of high-quality Japanese and imported brands. The styles are all basic, allowing a man to select a casual wardrobe of plain or patterned polo shirts, t-shirts, coloured blazers and casual suit jackets, and plain pants and jeans. PT Alfred is perfect for the man who doesn’t care much for shopping or fashion but wants to remain stylish and presentable for all occasions.

The fabrics are great quality, using a range of heavy cottons, jerseys, tweed, wools, cashmeres and denims. These clothes are made to last–no one-season wonders here! PT Alfred also offers a wide range of accessories from shoulder bags, ties, cufflinks, bowties, socks, shoes, belts and watches to complete your outfit. The leather section stocks products of their own exclusive PT Alfred brand such as belts, wallets and bracelets. All very nice, and a worthwhile expense to round out your rugged, manly wardrobe.

The staff (English speakers, as it turns out) were there to help me with my selections, even though they were confused as to why a girl might be shopping there. Surely I can look, right? The prices are low- to mid-range, as to be expected for quality clothing for everyday wear. So if you are looking for something stylish, not too expensive and good for all events and seasons, PT Alfred’s is worth a look!

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PT Alfred Location Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | YouTube

Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Ebisu Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: 12:00 am – 8:00 pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

“Why Go?”: For stylish men’s clothing without the hassle or the high-fashion prices!

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August 11, 2016 0 comment
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Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

Designer Ryo Ishikawa formed VANQUISH in 2004 with the goal “To embody masculine ideal.” Today, the brand is on the catwalks of Tokyo Fashion week and has had successful collaborations with Western brands such as PUMA, Converse, Nike and Hurley.

VANQUISH lets their great range of clothes do the talking. The style and fit of Japanese menswear can be quite different than western men’s fashion, making for a daunting cross-cultural purchasing decision. But VANQUISH is an easy “gateway fashion” to transition from Western to Japanese styles. Their oversized graphic and printed tees, animal and checked printed shirts, and Japanese-embellished bomber jackets go great with your pre-existing wardrobe or as a start for a whole new outfit. VANQUISH also has a wide range of men’s accessories such as belts, bracelets, rings, and sunglasses. The material of the clothes makes them great for everyday wear, using quality jersey cottons, soft denims, sports fleece, and leather.

Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

As to be expected for a Shibuya 109 Men’s shop, the prices are mid- to high-range prices. Overall, VANQUISH is a great brand for men who like the simple and stylish without having to go through the hassle of figuring out what is currently “in” or “out.” VANQUISH is an easy brand to look good in. Check them out on your next shopping trip to Shibuya!

VANQUISH Shibuya 109 Men’s Location Information

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

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station, Shibuya 109 Men’s building (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Get stylish clothes from a popular brand at the fabulous Shibuya 109 Men’s department store!

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August 8, 2016 0 comment
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Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

Samantha Thavasa is a Japanese brand known for its girly, elegant, and cute style which has now grown into a brand catering to every girl’s accessory needs! We here at EnableJapan.com visited Samantha Thavasa’s flagship store in Ginza to get an inside look into this world-popular Japanese brand. If you would like to learn the shop’s secret inspirations and the design concepts behind the Samantha Thavasa brand, Ginza is the place to go!

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

“But what about the language barrier?” you might think. Well don’t worry! The staff of main stores speak a wide range of languages (English, Chinese, and some Korean, by their reckoning), which makes each store completely accessible for shoppers. You’ll never have a problem finding someone to help you discover the perfect wardrobe accessory.

Founded in 1994 by Kazumasa Terada, Samantha Thavasa has open its doors across Asia and Hawaii. Many famous names such as Beyonce, Jenifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Victoria Beckham have designed bags for the Samantha Thavasa brand. Samantha Thavasa has also collaborated on projects with Disney, most recently with Zootopia and Finding Dory , also with native Japanese characters such as Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty. Japanese designer brand DRESSCAMP has also collaborated with interesting artistic bags that feature hand-painted prints on leathers.

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

At the Ginza store, the first floor features the Samantha Tiara line of jewelry. Samantha Thavasa PR spokesperson Meg introduced us to the line, which features thin silver and gold chains adorned with gems and crystals in shapes of flowers. One particularly eye-catching piece was a necklace that moved in emulation of a heartbeat as it sat around the wearers neck. How? Well, that’s a secret! This first-floor jewelry section offers other adornments, such as feminine rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Samantha Thavasa’s first floor features new and amazing pieces year round, with the added bonus of a free gift if you spend a certain amount in store.

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

All bags are on the second floor. Multiple designers collaborate to create bags under the Samantha Thavasa brand name; Meg spoke to us about their popular collection designed by model Miranda Kerr, whose style “focused on changing  the Samantha Thavasa original to make it a little more mature.” Collaborate model-come-designer Anne Nakamura is also taking the brand into a more mature direction, developing perfect everyday bags that will stay with you forever. But don’t think that maturity has taken away any of the special cute features that make Samantha Thavasa great! Smiley faces hide in pockets and on straps within her designs and the exclusive pink suede lining, all adding that Samantha Thavasa touch of whimsical cuteness.

Samantha Thavasa has encouraged their customers to stay faithful to the brand due to their ever-changing design ideas. “Design development of Samantha Thavasa purses comes from a multitude of ideas and designers, all working constantly on new ideas that they develop into what we have in store,” Meg explained. “All designs come in several colours, so you can find the perfect bag for any occasion.”

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

What features stand out the most for their customers? “Zips!” said Meg. “When people are abroad they like knowing their things are safe in their bags, so we always ensure zips are on our bags!”

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Tokyo

And of course, I couldn’t leave without asking the question, “Who is Samantha Thavasa?”

“I get asked that a lot!” Meg laughed. “Its a secret! I can’t tell you that!”…”We have rumors saying the name comes from the witch that wiggles her nose, but it’s not!”…so that part of the mystery remains unsolved (for now). But there’s one thing that certainly is not a mystery–with the Ginza store catering towards every woman’s handbags and jewelry, Samantha Thavasa in Ginza is a great place to shop for that special item or gift!

 

Samantha Thavasa Ginza Location Information

Website | Facebook

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Ginza Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: Finding a perfect high-fashion Japanese bag and jewelry from designers and celebrities!

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August 1, 2016 0 comment
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