Some of the most interesting shops in the Omotesando and Harajuku area of Tokyo are the specialty stores and boutiques. For example, Kiddy Land in Omotesando is a miniature paradise of all things toys, games, and trinkets while Candy Showtime sells only one product, but does it exceptionally well.
But in terms of fashion, there is no lack of specialty stores in the Harajuku and Omotesando area. Sure you can get yourself to Claire’s on Takeshita-dori, but deep in the backstreets of Omotesando and down a neon pink and Christmas light illuminated stair case, you will find AVANTGARDE Harajuku where you can get hosiery and accessories with a little bit of edge.
Despite the lack of obvious signage, it’s impossible to miss AVANTGARDE with the stocking-covered mannequin legs outside. Once you go down the neon pink staircase, get ready to be amazed. The interior is filled with racks of stockings hanging neatly among life size polar bear stuffed animals and mannequins in various states of undress. Among the racks of tights and stockings, you can find styles of stockings that you never could have imagined, including stockings encrusted with real semi-precious stones as well as glittering appliques and pinstripe varieties. If that isn’t enough for you, you can also purchase a wide variety of “tattoo” tights that have recently grown in popularity. Pick from their Disney collaboration style of tattoo tights or go for a more classic American style of tattoo tights with hearts, roses, and skulls. Their variety in styles and tastes applies to their selection of leggings and socks as well with offerings such as transparent socks and faux snake skin leggings.
AVANTGARDE Harajuku is also known for their outlandish and one-of-a-kind accessories that surprise as well as intrigue. At this unique boutique, you can find a variety of harnesses, chokers, and garter belts that are suitable to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe since they are playfully soft core in their appearance. They also have a wide range of hair accessories that range from beanies to mesh masks to reflective head bands. Odd and quirky jewelry does not escape the fashion eye of AVANTGARDE Harajuku. You can get squishy jellyfish rings and pentacle earrings in a variety of colors, just for starters.
When walking the back streets of Omotesando, be sure to keep an eye out for AVANTGARDE Harajuku for a little something off the beaten path when it comes to tights, leggings, and accessories!
For more ideas on unique things to buy and do in Omotesando, visit our article Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes. For men’s fashion, we gathered our top 5 recommendations in Top 5 Men’s Clothing Shops in Omotesando and Harajuku.
- Address:B1F, 3-22-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
- GPS:35.6691904, 139.707391176
- Telephone:03 – 6804 – 3739
- Web: http://www.avantgardejapan.com/
- Monday:11:00 – 20:00
- Tuesday:11:00 – 20:00
- Wednesday:11:00 – 20:00
- Thursday:11:00 – 20:00
- Friday:11:00 – 20:00
- Saturday:11:00 – 20:00
- Sunday:11:00 – 20:00