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Harcoza Tokyo Japan

Harcoza Tokyo Japan

It’s a bit of a trek to find this shop but it is worth the walk! Harcoza in Ebisu is a perfect place for clothes, accessories, and some great high-end to mid-range fashion.

immediately inside is a wall of fashion accessories and a very friendly stop staff. White furnishings abound, adorned with  hand-made bracelets, earrings, broaches, hair grips and pins in a range of exciting colours, shapes and materials. Deeper inside the shop is an entire wall of silk screen printed t-shirts, casual printed pants for your everyday wear, and button-up shirts. Whether you’re shopping for men or for women, you can find it here!

Once you’ve absorbed all of the top-floor wonders, make your way downstairs to the theatrical stage. I’m not kidding, there is one here, with the entire back wall draped with a curtain and a stage for a dressing room. A perfect place to strike a pose!

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Downstairs is also where you’ll find the clothes of their amazing and inspirational fashion range. The Harcoza brand is art-based and comprehensive, favoring geometric shapes and printed graphic tees. The clothing itself takes on geometric shapes, with sharply-angled dresses and abstract-shaped jackets showcasing their innovative sewing techniques as interpreted through a stylistic-yet-Japanese fashion sense.

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Harcoza is a high-end clothing shop, but each item is an individual work. No embarrassing “twinning” here, even if you mingle with other Harcoza shoppers! Harcoza’s style changes throughout the year, but ones things for sure–if you’ve been wanting that taste of Harajuku fashion you see in “Western Japanese Street Style” magazines, then this is the place to stop and shop during your Tokyo trip!

Harcoza Ebisu Store Information

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

Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Daikan-Yama Station (Tokyu-Toyoko Line) or 7-minute walk from Ebisu Station.

Hours of Operation: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, closed Tuesdays

“Why Go?”: Harajuku fashion with its own geometric style!

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September 8, 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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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

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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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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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Herz Omotesando Tokyo Japan 1

The strong scent of worked leather is immediate. You walk down the stairs into the shop, and are immediately struck by the multitude of leather bags, row after row of them, arranged on the tables. There is a Classic-style influence to the store design, with a wonderful combination of wood and leather, as well as country music filling the room.

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But the store’s most arresting feature is its unorthodox layout. The leather workshop where the leather goods of Herz Omotesando are made is open to the store. You can stop and watch the leatherworkers, cutting and sewing as they practice their craft. Every Herz store (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai) is laid out in this fashion, so that all the customers can see the production process for themselves and smell the leathery atmosphere. This link between the shop and the workshop, where the freshly finished leather products are then placed for sale, lends credibility to the items in the store.

Herz is a Japan-based upscale leather goods company that made a name for themselves with their finely-crafted leather bags. Designer Kondo Akimasa founded Herz in 1973, naming the company after the German word for “heart” (herz), as he wanted to create “products with heart.”  And there’s no doubt that Herz certainly puts a lot of passion and heart into their leather products.

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Herz Omotesando has twenty leatherworkers, and each leather bag is handmade solely by one craftsman in the Tokyo store. This is a fundamental principle of Herz, as it ensures each bag has its own characteristics and qualities backed with the pride of the local craftsman who created the product.

There are no chief designers for Herz Omotesando. All the craftsmen are encouraged to create new products and bag designs. The open environment of the store is reflected in the working environment, where craftsmen brainstorm among themselves and come up with new innovative ideas. Due to this design-friendly approach, Herz currently offers over 600 bag designs, and new designs are always in development. By being located in the center of Tokyo, the craftsmen can absorb and reflect new trends as inspiration for their ever-evolving products.

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Although expensive, it’s easy to see the value a customer gets for their money from a Herz Omotesando bag.  Herz bags are strong and durable, constructed from thick and sturdy Italian leather and sewn with thick thread. The bags have a smart and casual look and are good for any occasion. Herz Omotesando also makes an exclusive randoseru (Japanese school bag) for students. All bags sold by Herz have an aftercare policy in which they may be brought back to the store (even decades after they were sold) to be repaired.

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Herz always has a wide range of bags on display, but special orders can be accommodated. Some of the in-store staff can speak English, but ordering online is difficult as English is not supported and there is no overseas shipping. With no division-of-labor system and an aversion to outsourcing production, the delivery times for built-to-order bags take 7-8 weeks. All of these factors make it difficult for short-term visitors and tourists to order a customized bag, but don’t worry! Herz Omotesando makes excellent products, and one of the handsomely-made bags on their tables will catch your eye. Visit them during your trip to Tokyo, you won’t be disappointed!

Herz Omotesando Location Information

Website | Facebook (Japanese only) | Twitter (Japanese only) | Online Store (Google-translated; only ships domestically)

Nearest Station: 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station

 

Hours of Operation: 11:00AM-7:00PM. Closed on Wednesdays.

Estimated Price:  Bags range from ¥25,000- ¥90,000. Smaller items (keychains, pencil cases, etc) are also available.

“Why Go?”: To find unique elegant leather products that will last you many years.

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July 24, 2016 0 comment
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