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What do people think about men’s fashion in Japan?

Do you like J-Rock? You might feel impressed at the outfit of the Japanese musicians, such as Acid Black Cherry, Gazette, Luna Sea, and X-Japan. Some of them dye their hairs to various colors, place tons of wax on their hairs, put make up on their faces, and wear unisex clothing. The Japanese people call this as “Visual kei.” This might be your first impression of men’s fashion in Japan. But this is only a stereotype. Men’s fashion in Japan is diversified.

To the Japanese men, fashion is a way for them to be either handsome or cute. If others say that you are handsome, it means they appreciate your manhood. The Japanese business suits emphasize men’s body shape, which amplify the toughness of men. When a girl says a man has manhood, she implies that that man is reliable. On the other hand, a cute person is considered as an accessible man, so he is also popular among others. If you are interested in yearly hairstyle, you should visit “Hot Pepper Beauty” or “Men’s Hairstyle.” These websites can provide you the most popular hairstyles information and recommend some fabulous salons for you. Considering about business suits, have you heard a person can wear a business suit for sport? Do you know that a vest can be reversible? You can find the answers through traveling to Japan.

Enable Japan decides to help each one of you to get a deeper appreciation of men’s fashion in Japan. You can find different types of fashion stores in this website. My friends, it’s time for the adventure!

Keshiki Classic 3

Keshiki Classic 3

Based in Harajuku, KESHIKI Classic is a men’s boutique that stocks both new and used clothes. It’s a 2nd floor store that covers a good range of garments from polo shirts, casual blazers, jackets, long sleeve tops, and hoodies. KESHIKI Classic covers all of your basic wardrobe needs and also features a good range of accessories.

KESHIKI Classic’s style is what you would describe as your ‘hipster’ type clothes in the West, as they focus on fitted shirts, a range of colored blazers, polo shirts, and lowered waist casual fit rolled hem pants. All of their clothes (as befits their locality) have a Japanese twist–the fit is somewhat baggy and not very form fitting, as preferred in Japanese styles. The shaping of most the garments are very straight due to the fabric used having very little shaping attributes. The clothes are both easy to wear and stylish and will go with your current wardrobe as well as anything else in their shop.

Now, the quality of each piece ranges from average to high-end as they use a variety of denims, silks, t-shirt jersey, thick cottons, and linens. KESHIKI Classic also covers a range of accessories from belts, cuffed bracelets, shoes and necklaces that will easily complete any outfit. In regards to pricing, KESHIKI Classic caters toward the mid- to high-end pocketbooks, which means that you could spend quite a bit in this shop. Still, if you like their comfortable range of clothing as well as an occasional surprise from the used section, KESHIKI Classic should be on your fashion treasure-hunting list!

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Keshiki CLASSIC Location Information

Website (Japanese only) ||| Twitter (Japanese) ||| Instagram ||| Tumblr ||| Online Store (Japanese and English)

Nearest Station: 9-minute walk from Harajuku Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11am – 8pm

Why Go?: For modern, stylish and easy wearing men’s wear!

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January 5, 2017 0 comment
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Harajuku Cassidy

Cassidy Home Grown

Cassidy Home Grown is a modern boutique that caters towards a modern Japanese style of clothing. With a range of gingham, striped, printing shirts, jackets and cargo pants in a range of different styles and colors, it’s fits perfectly into a wardrobe that has a need for some Japanese aesthetics!

Cassidy Home Grown ‘s clothing style is simple, casual and cool yet somewhat sophisticated. The clothing that they carry seem to be for more mature individuals in their mid 20s who are starting careers, as it leans more towards smart-casual than youth culture. It’s not like the average Street style you see around Harajuku. But in my opinion it’s a great a style that for dates – so fellas, if you want to impress a girl, think about wearing Cassidy Home Grown!

Cassidy Home Grown ‘s fabrics range from linen and jersey fabric for t-shirts to a whole range of thin to heavy cottons and brushed cottons and denims. These are great qualities which make their lines great for everyday wear. The boutique also has a great range of accessories such as shoes, socks, hats belts and handkerchiefs.

In regards to your wallet, most of the clothing is affordable to mid-range, and they have a great selection to mix and match from. It’s the perfect place to check out if you’re in need of a quick fashion fix for a day out!

 

Cassidy Home Grown Shibuya Location Information

Website (Japanese-English mix) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Instagram ||| Tumblr (Japanese) ||| Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12am – 8pm

Why Go? Sophisticated, affordable and easy men’s fashion that will get you ready for any outing!

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January 3, 2017 0 comment
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bru na boinne

bru na boinne

Based in Daikanyama, Bru Na Boinne is a stylish and trendy menswear boutique of upscale and stylish fashion. Their boutique is the bright blue one, bu itt may be tricky to find. That is, tricky to find if you don’t know the fashion mavens at EnableJapan.com!

Founded by fashion designer couple Masahiro Tsuji and Naoko Tokuda, the clothes at Bru Na Boinne come with stories. Their “Between Dream and Hero” and “A Mysterious Island” collections have an outlandish, dream-like look. It is as if they are creating outfits for the characters within their tales.

Their store design is minimalist, so as to not distract attention away from their clothes. Beyond their own lines, Bru Na Boinne features a design selection that features simple garments with humorous originality to present in their boutique. With chinos, wide legged pants, denims and a large selection of custom Bru Na Boinne silk screen print t-shirts, this place has your basic wardrobe pieces covered, each with their own peculiar twist. Adding a little edge onto their style, their shorts and pants have flares and a lower crotch design. Bru na Boinne brand shirts are made with slightly wider and longer sleeves, giving a unique aesthetic to the brand.

Some of the Bru Na Boinne selected garments have features you wouldn’t see in your everyday clothing store. Their clothes have a modern, laid-back aesthetic that evokes a sense of the modern countryside, giving them an urbanite-in-the-rough feel. They use standard and durable fabric for all their items such as denim for jeans, heavy cotton for chinos and soft cotton for their t-shirts.

The store also hosts a large selection of accessories ranging from hats, belts and cuffed bracelets that will finish off any modern look. With prices ranging from affordable to high end, it’s an accessible boutique to go to that covers a wide range of unique and interesting styles.

Bru Na Boinne Daikanyama Store Information

Website (English) | Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram

Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Daikan-yama Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Weekdays 12pm – 9pm, Saturdays and Holidays 11am – 8pm. Closed Sundays.

Why Go?: Western style clothing, with quirky Japanese twists.

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November 8, 2016 0 comment
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Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto is one of the most popular Japanese fashion brands there is! With stores dotted around the world his fashion is edgy, creative, and innovative. Truly Japanese in every sense, Yamamoto’s work has been one of the major inspirations and is iconic within the fashion industry.

The Aoyama store showcases his work as art. Having a large range of his latest collection on display from long coats to pants and shirts. All in a range of…black…which is one of his famous colour choices.

The ranges are not just your normal jackets, coats and shirts. They showcase pieces that are paneled using Japanese pattern cutting techniques. The clothes are fitted and pleated, loose and structured. All have amazing finishings, fastenings and other subtle touches that truly make them a Yohji Yamamoto piece! The fabrics are of amazing quality, utilizing  linens, thick-brushed cottons, and jersey.

Prices on the high end, as to be expected with a designer of the stature of Yohji Yamamoto. With a range of accessories from sunglasses, shoes and bracelets, make time to stop by Yohji Yamamoto Aoyama during your Tokyo fashion shopping spree!

Yohji Yamamoto Location Information

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

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

“Why Go?”: Why not visit an amazing famous Japanese designer store IN Japan?!?

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September 15, 2016 0 comment
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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Tokyo Japan 1

Tsumori Chisato is a Japanese fashion designer whose brand comes from an array of exciting and unique inspirations. Her fashions, which have spread from Japan to the rest of the world, are based on “things that will make you smile and are interesting for both men and women.” We here at EnableJapan.com were lucky enough to visit the flagship store in Aoyama to get the inside scoop on the Tsumori Chisato brand!

(Note that all products were photographed in August 2016. The Tsumori Chisato brand moves fast, and there is always something new to wear!)

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The Tsumori Chisato style is girly but sexy. She has a universal audience, ranging from teens to 60s. Regardless of age, she appeals! Her inspirations and concepts come from art, music, and especially her travels. Although some design ideas may come from one of the other in-house textile designers or shape designers, most of the inspiration comes from Tsumori Chisato herself.

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On the day we visited, the designs featured were based on her travels to Iceland. The inspiration she took from her trip influenced her print design, motifs and colour choices. The pieces emulate the view of Iceland, as painted in watercolour. The Icelandic theme was represented throughout the range of men’s and women’s t-shirts and jumpers.

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The current collection shows a story of her travels across Iceland, but Tsumori Chisato is always looking for inspiration. Her collections come from the new stories she is constantly spinning. Her line is every-changing, and every season you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a new tale whenever you visit the shop.

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Tsumori Chisato’s work has an obvious worldwide appeal. Her designs focus on Japanese pattern-cutting mixed with Western style techniques. Her range of dresses, skirts, t-shirts and pants all have unique and playful prints.  Prints, checks, paintings,  and her trademark cat illustration make appearances every season with each new design. And her work is not just for women! Tsumori Chisato also has a line of men’s wear, all of which follows the same design concept as the women’s lines. So if you’re looking for ‘couple’s outfits’, the Tsumori Chisato is the perfect place to look!

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The Aoyama shop wouldn’t be a flagship store without some extra perks. Some garments are completely exclusive to this store. Even the shopping bags are exclusive! And the Aoyama store gets the new products and fashion lines first, so it’s the place to be if you want fresh-off-the-line Tsumori Chisato clothes.

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The Tsumori Chisato flagship store in Aoyama is a great place to find imaginative and exclusive clothing from a world-renowned designer. Be sure to visit when you are in Tokyo!

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Tsumori Chisato Aoyama Location Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Omotesando Station A5 exit (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Happy, high-end fashion with global appeal from a world-famous designer!

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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Antigravite Daikanyama

Antigravite

Angravite is a boutique with a name that represents a “relaxed feeling on the rooftops of Paris.” “Women who want to enjoy fashion freely” is their motto, and their relaxed style reflects their modern, sophisticated sensibilities. Their clothes gave me a feeling of freshness, with simple shapes in plain colours and very few prints.

Antigravite fashion lines feature loose, wide legged pants, pleated skirts, shirts, tops and blouses. With use of structured thick cottons, linens, silks and sheer fabrics, you’re bound to find something that works with your wardrobe!

Antigravite also offers a small range of men’s wear, with short and long sleeve shirts that come in fitted, loose and long styles. Their selected coloured and plain wide-legged shorts and some mandarin collar-top shirts can be a staple looks for any season.

With the boutique hosting a range of clothing from both their own brand and selected pieces from other popular brands,  prices range from mid- to high-range. If you’re looking for some simple and eye-catching Japanese-styled clothes, Antigravite is the place to go!

The clothes from Antigravite use a Japanese sizing scheme. As always, I suggest trying everything on before you buy. This is where our handy sizing and fitting guide comes in handy! 

Antigravite Location Information

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

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Daikan-Yama Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

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

“Why Go?”: Fresh, breezy, and simple fashions perfect for a lazy day in!

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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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.

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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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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

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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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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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