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Top Japanese Punk Clothing Brands

written by Anca Rotar November 24, 2016
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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