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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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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

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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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Japanese clothing brands cover a wide variety of styles and attitudes. From the neon-colored Harajuku girls to the designer-clad women strolling through Ebisu and Omotesando, Japan is home to a wide variety of fashion. One thing we recommend doing while in Japan is stopping by some local stores to pick up some distinctive Japanese pieces for your wardrobe. Here are our picks for the Top Ten Japanese clothing brands you should seek out!

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Top Japanese Clothing Brands : A Bathing Ape (BAPE)

With locations all over the world, A Bathing Ape (BAPE) is a world-famous lifestyle and streetwear brand. You know them best for their signature camouflage prints and the iconic Bathing Ape monkey. They often collaborate with other famous brands like Star Wars, Pepsi and Coca Cola. BAPE gear can be expensive, with prices ranging from $50-$500. But you’re certain to be noticed when wearing that monkey logo. Check out our review for directions and location information.

Beams

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BEAMS is one of the most famous Japanese clothing brand boutiques with stores all across Japan. Their expansive lines includes BEAMS T, which focuses on high quality streetwear T-shirts, and Ray BEAMS for women. BEAMS offers a variety of fashionable attire as well as custom tailored pieces. Their lines encompass a wide array of styles which are perfect for men, women and children.   Check out our review for directions and location information.

CA4LA

CA4LA

 

CA4LA in Harajuku sells high-fashion imported men’s and women’s hats alongside their own designs. They have collaborated with the likes of Star Wars, Fred Perry, Andy Warhol and even Ke$ha. They offer many different styles of hats, from caps, to fedoras, and everything in between.  Check out our review for directions and location information.

Found MUJI

Found Muji has stores all over the world and is known for its quality home goods at reasonable prices. Muji goods are modeled on the philosophies of minimalism, modernity, and ethical sourcing. They carry lines of minimalist clothing for men, women and children, ranging from simple T-shirts and slacks for  men to dresses and shirts in neutral colors for women.They also offer home products for the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.Their goal at MUJI is to have the finest selection materials, and streamline the process and packaging of the goods they sell. The word “muji” even means “no brand quality goods” in Japanese. Found MUJI is a great one-stop-shop for the whole family.. Check out our review for directions and location information.

Hello Kitty at Sanrio World

Sanrio World

The Hello Kitty brand is famous across the globe and is synonymous with Japan and Japanese kawaii culture. At Sanrio World in Ginza, you can find the largest selection of Hello Kitty and other Sanrio character products in the entire world, including stuffed animals, pencil cases, necklaces, and casualwear. Check out our review for directions and location information.

Hysteric Glamour

Hysteric Glamour is one of the edgier designer Japanese clothing brands, Rocking a 1960s retro theme, their T-shirts and tops feature graphics on topics ranging from classic bands to old cars. They offer jeans, T-shirts, cardigans, and dresses as well as some menswear. How great are they? Gwen Stefani mentioned them in her famous song, “Harajuku Girls.” Hysteric Glamour has 51 stores in Japan and is perfect for men and women. Check out our review for directions and location information.

Samantha Thavasa

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Samantha Thavasa luxury bags have been endorsed by celebrities such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton. Many celebrities have designed bags–Victoria Beckham designed a few, and so did Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr. The bags are fashionable and well-made, and are sure to make you stand out in a crowd. Check out our review for directions and location information.

Tsumori Chisato

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Tsumori Chisato is a high-fashion label from the designer of the same name. Her pieces are best known for their eccentric large-graphic prints and a flowing bohemian vibe. She has many oversized dresses and tops for women, as well as large, flowy pants that remind you of bell-bottoms from the 70’s. Tsumori Chisato also has a line for men, which include expertly tailored, high-waisted pants alongside memorable graphic tees. Chisato has also created kawaii-esque accessories to complement her avant-garde pieces. Check out our review for directions and location information.

Uniqlo

UNIQLO (which is short for “Unique Clothing”),  is one of the most famous Japanese clothing brands for quick and reliable fashion. Uniqlo’s prides itself on simple designs which are expertly made and last longer than your typical fast fashion clothing. They have worked with Andy Warhol designs, Star Wars, and Disney to collaborate on clothing and accessories. Their designs have been seen on top PGA golfer Adam Scott as well as tennis player Novak Djokovic. Uniqlo is found in over 14 countries worldwide. Check out our review for directions and location information.

Yoshida & Co.

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Yoshida & Co. is a high-end bag and accessories brand who pride themselves in designing and manufacturing their products in Japan. They are best known for their Porter and Luggage labels and have featured the likes of the cartoon Peanuts and Eric Clapton on their bags.Yoshida & Co.’s products are made with high-quality materials and are targeted towards both men and women and include luggage, briefcases, backpacks, and wallets. Their pieces are found in over 700 stores worldwide. Check out our review for directions and location information.

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April 18, 2014 0 comment
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