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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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Vintage items make up an important part of any trendy Tokyoite’s wardrobe. But if you’re a budget fashionista rummaging through the goodie piles of Harajuku’s vintage stores, you might find even those prices to be a bit forbidding. Even second-hand, pretty much everything costs over 5,000 yen. You want to find that one great bargain but you’re not even sure where to begin to look for it.

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The answer to your question is Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion, a flea market that takes place on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. The location is the Farmer’s Market@UNU (United Nations University) in Aoyama. When you get there, just step through the farmer’s market and the vintage wonderland will open up to you.

Raw Tokyo started as a joint project of Kinsella and Aquvii, two stores that sell vintage clothing. The name alludes to the raw realness of Tokyo street fashion, which incorporates items that are a few years or even a few decades old. The event’s main purpose is to draw attention to the idea of re-use in a world where fast-fashion reigns supreme, with new items produced and discarded at an alarming pace.

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Over 20 Tokyo vintage stores take part in Raw Tokyo vintage fashion flea market, and they all lower their prices for the event. You can find one-of-a-kind T-shirts – maybe even that one band T-shirt you’ve been looking for ages – for as little as 1,000 yen. If designer labels are your thing, there’s plenty to choose from. The clothes are in good condition and priced so low that it’s almost a giveaway. It’s not everyday that you can find LANVIN PARIS shirts for only a few thousand yen, but you will at Raw Tokyo. This may sound unbelievable, but on the latest edition one of the stands sold genuine leather jackets for only 5,000 yen.

Vintage jeans, a staple of any Japanese used clothing store, aren’t missing from this event. You can find any style you’re looking for, from straight-leg Levi’s to drawstring mom jeans for an 80’s inspired look. The prices go as low as 3,000 yen.

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Low-priced traditional Japanese clothing items can also be found at Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion flea market. If you’re looking to build an outfit that says 100% Tokyo street style, we’d like to suggest picking up a haori jacket to go with your T-shirt and cool vintage jeans.

Those of you who are willing and able to splurge can also check out the independent designers who take part in the market. You can grab a brand new T-shirt and have it printed with an original design on the spot, or you can go for loose-fit organic cotton pieces or sturdy oversized hoodies.

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And, since all this shopping is bound to make you hungry and thirsty, you’ll be glad to know that you can always stop at one of the food or coffee stands to recharge your batteries.

Does all this sound like a bargain-hunting fashionista’s dream? That’s because it is! Mark the first weekend of every month in your calendar. And when the day comes, go forth and shop!

Raw Tokyo Vintage Fashion Flea Market Location Information

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

Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Omotesando Station, 11-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

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Hours of Operation:  First Saturday and Sunday of the month, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

“Why Go?”: Great bargains, vintage clothing, independent designers, good food, fun atmosphere

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October 18, 2016 0 comment
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Harajuku street fashion is a culmination of all things weird, trendy, and uniquely Japanese. And the best place to go in Tokyo to get that Harajuku Girl look is Takeshita Street. Not only is this pedestrian street a hub for the culture of youth street fashion, it’s also great fun! During your trip to Tokyo, be sure to check out these spots!

(If you’re worried about the differences in sizing, check out our great article on size conversions here!)

Harajuku Street Fashion: 6% DOKIDOKI

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You can’t miss the pink and pastel exterior of 6% DokiDoki. With ribbons and glitter practically spill right out onto the street, 6% DOKIDOKI is the perfect place to start assembling your Harajuku Girl outfit.

Check out our article on 6% DOKIDOKI here!

 

ACDC Rag

ACDC Rag Harajuku Street Fashion

A fashion mainstay on a street where shops are quick to go out of style. ACDC Rag sells a variety of youth-oriented styles, from Gothic Lolita to punk to hipster. Collaborations with other designers and constant additions to their apparel keeps this brand fresh and exciting.

Check out our ACDC Rag article here!

 

Bubbles

Bubbles Harajuku Street Fashion

Bubbles makes you feel like you’re walking into dollhouse. Everything inside is just so girly! This is the perfect place to go to revamp your wardrobe with pastel sweaters, fuzzy bunny phone cases, and velvet chokers. Make sure to strike a fashionable pose in front of the rose wall!

You can check out this very cute Harajuku Street fashion on the Bubbles Website and Online Store (Google Translate) or check them out on Twitter (via Google Translate) and Instagram.

 

Calbee Plus

Calbee Plus Harajuku Street Fashion

Check out the Calbee Plus shop on Takeshita Street! The menu includes potato chips exclusive to this store, such as freshly-fried potato chips topped with maple syrup, cream cheese, or chocolate. And they have soft ice cream for those hot summer days! Packaged snacks make for delicious souvenirs for friends and family!

Check out our Calbee Plus article here!

Etude House

Etude House Harajuku Street Fashion

Etude House is the perfect place to visit for your makeup needs. This Korean cosmetics brand has a large line of cosmetics for every age and skin type.  Before buying, feel free to test out the products and ask for personalized help from a makeup specialist. You can also go to their in-store studio for a makeup lesson and a custom makeover!

You can see what Etude House has to offer on their Website (via Google Translate). Follow them on social media at Facebook (Japanese only), on Twitter (via Google Translate) , or their Instagram.

Harajuku Alta

Harajuku Alta Harajuku Street Fashion

Harajuku Alta is a multi-level mall containing a large selection of stores that will have you screaming “kawaii!” Favorites include Choco Choco by SWIMMER and the Harajuku Lagrace Mart, where you can find great accessories and shoes. Check out Harajuku Alta’s Website (via Google Translate) to see what’s happening now.

Hysteric Glamour

Like printed tees and denim vests? Hysteric Glamour is the place to go! With a laid-back California aesthetic and a rock ‘n’ roll mindset, this place can help you with a layered grunge look that mixes in that little bit of Japanese something.

Check out our article on Hysteric Glamour here!

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo JapanIt’s not a clothing store, but no trip to Harajuku is complete without a stop at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. When people think of the crazy fashions, pastel-neon colors, and outrageous nuttiness of that aspect of Japanese culture, this is the place they’re thinking of! The bizarre decor, hyperactive floor shows, and high-speed pop beat is the perfect background for your Facebook and Instagram photos.

Check out our Kawaii Monster Cafe article here!

Lazy Hazy Planet

Lazy Hazy Planet Harajuku Street Fashion

Lazy Hazy Planet runs the gamut of Harajuku Street fashion. Glitter to goth, Levi’s to leather, L.H.P. has seen and done it all. And when you go inside, you realize they have it all! Lazy Hazy Planet is a perfect mix-and-match place to experiment with new looks.

Check out our article on L.H.P. here!

LINE Friends Store

LINE Friends Store Harajuku Street Fashion

Fashion isn’t limited to your clothing! If you use the LINE application, the LINE Friends Store at the end of Takeshita Street is a must-go. You can get your picture taken with Brown, pick up exclusive wear and accessories, and even get the exclusive virtual stickers to show your LINE friends that you were fashionably there.

Check out our LINE Friends Harajuku article here!

Milk

Lolita fashion - Milk Storefront in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Lolita fashion is still alive and well in the Harajuku street fashion scene. For 45 years, Milk has been catering to the Lolita community with a constant stream of frilly and Victorian fashions. Whether you are new to the Lolita idea or a longtime fan, visiting this fashion landmark is always special.

Check out our article on Milk here!

Paris Kid’s

Paris Kids Harajuku Street Fashion

Need some cheap, trendy, and fashionable accessories? Paris Kid’s is the only place to go. the walls are lined with thousands of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets that will put the finishing touches on your new look. Frequented by young girls and women alike, what keeps people coming back are the prices. None of the accessories or jewelry at this store cost more than 500 yen!

Check out our Paris Kid’s article here and get the discount!

Q-pot CAFE.

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The Q-pot CAFE makes fabulous accessories to round our your wardrobe. And not only that, you can have a taste of the “accessory sweets” they have at the cafe! And the SE”Q”RET room? Well, you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself! Check out our Q-pot CAFE. article here!

Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory Harajuku Street fashion

You know you’re near the Totti Candy Factory when you start smelling sugar and sweets. Inside this pink polka-dotted shop, you’ll find decorated cake pops and a wall lined with all kinds of candy for your scooping pleasure. Their signature item is made-to-order cotton candy that is make right in front of you! Delicious fun for every age.

Check out the Totti Candy Factory’s Website (Google Translate) or follow them on social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or on Instagram.

Tutuanna

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It’s so pink and girly and sweet that you’ll have to brush your teeth afterwards. Tutuanna is the place to go for leg wear and socks. Because as we all know, no Harajuku Girl look is complete without pink cat hosiery!

Check out our article on Tutuanna here

WC

WC Harajuku Street Fashion

Bring out your girly and sweet side by visiting WC! This shop is filled with clothes and accessories to match the pastel and neon decor to get you dressing like a true Harajuku Girl. Update your wardrobe with the bunny-eared sweatshirts, cheetah-print backpacks, and velvet jackets that you can only find here!

Check out this Harajuku Street fashion at their Website or check their social media at Twitter (via Google Translate) or Instagram.

Wego

Wego Harajuku Street Fashion

With locations all over Tokyo and Japan, Wego is a testament of how often Harajuku Street fashion shifts from trend to trend. If you want fashion and accessories that will turn you into a street fashionista for a reasonable price, head to Wego!

Check out our article on Wego here!

Wonder Rocket

Wonder Rocket Harajuku Street Fashion

With two locations on Takeshita Street, Wonder Rocket sells Mori-style clothing and accessories ranging from sweet dresses and tops to fuzzy heels and bags. Although they are already reasonably priced, it pays to be on the lookout for Wonder Rocket’s 50% off sales!

Check out what’s going on at Wonder Rocket at their Website (via Google Translate) or on their Facebook (Japanese only), Twitter (via Google Translate), or Instagram.

World Wide Love

World Wide Love Harajuku Tokyo JapanWhere’s the love? It’s at World Wide Love! The brand of the spray-painted smiley face covers your street style fashion needs while never straying too far from whimsy. Check out their great collaborations!

Check out our article on World Wide Love here!

June 20, 2016 0 comment
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Here are five key tips for buying Western-sized clothing in Japan. Make sure you also check out the size converter below for when you’re out shopping in Tokyo!

Tip 1: Always try things on

Unless you have found an XL or an L that you are pretty confident will fit you, try things on. This can be difficult because some small boutiques in Tokyo don’t have dressing rooms. What may look like it will fit can often turn out to be a disaster. I tried on a large T-shirt once and felt like the hulk.

Tip 2: Know your size in cm

This can help with shopping for clothes and especially with shoes. A lot of cheap shoe stores go by S, M, L, and LL. If you have average-sized feet you’re probably an L or LL, but again, only trying them on is definitive. Other shoe stores sort footwear by centimeters which can help you narrow down your selection and find a better fitting shoe. Other clothing items are also sometimes labeled by cm. If you’re unsure about Japanese sizes there are conversion charts online that can help.

Note: If you’re having trouble finding shoes that fit, Shinjuku’s 0101 actually carries sizes above 25cm!

Tip 3: When in doubt, go for brand name or chain stores

They are more likely to have the size charts as well as larger sizes. The tiny shops in the arcade strip malls are great for buying cheap but tend to be “one size fits all” (also known as “one size fits small”). This is especially true for underwear stores. The cheap stores only carry medium panties, which in reality are XS, but the brand name stores have a variety of sizes.

Tip 4: Foreign stores tend to carry Western sizes

Basically, look at H&M, Forever 21, Gap, Old Navy, etc. The Diver City Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba is a great place to stop since it’s got all of these shops in one spot (plus you can stop by the nearby Eggs ‘n Things for an American-style breakfast). You can find sizes for many different regions right on the tag and they tend to be what Western expats think of as normal. The one problem is that since the brands are selling in Asia they tend to have a surplus of S-size products. However, if you need clothes at decent prices, these are the places to go.

Last tip: You can shop at Japanese stores

Uniqlo carries stylish budget-friendly clothing in a wide variety of sizes that fit larger frames comfortably. Plus Uniqlo is everywhere, unlike many of the imported brands. For clothing that’s a bit more high-end, the 0101 department store in East Shinjuku carries a thorough selection of clothing up through plus sizes. Finally, Tutuanna is a great place to shop when you’re looking for lingerie or legwear in larger sizes.

Below is the conversions for Japanese sizes, which may come in handy when shopping! And while you’re out shopping, you may as well check out the Top 10 Japanese Clothing Brands.

Japan size conversions

Women:

Women Dress Size
Women Shirt Size
Women Bra Size
Women Pants/Underwear
Women Footwear

Men:

Men Suits/Coats/Sweaters
Men Dress Shirts
Men Pants
Men Shoes

Children:

Infant Clothing Size
Children Dress Size
Children General Sizes
Children Shoe Sizes
Children Shoe Sizes

June 2, 2016 0 comment
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Kinji Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Second-hand fashion shops, known in Japan as “recycle shops,” are a popular way to acquire name brands at discount prices. These shops are popular even in Harajuku, the center of Tokyo’s street fashion world.

The best thing about second-hand fashion shops (as far as the fashionable-yet-broke set are concerned) is that they will often buy your used street brands or high-fashion labels, either for cash or in exchange for store credit with which one can further indulge their clothing habit. Each second-hand fashion shop has their own guidelines for what they will and won’t accept, so be sure to read the guidelines in each selection. Also, every second-hand fashion shop requires that you provide identification of some sort in order to sell clothes, so be sure to bring your ID along.

So without further ado–

Second-Hand Fashion : Fool’s Judge

Fools Judge Harajuku Tokyo Japan Second-Hand FashionWhat Are They Selling? Second-hand Japanese street brands for men. The store is actually split into two shops on the same street–one for the Supreme label, the other for a variety of other name brands.

What Are They Buying? Fool’s Judge occasionally buys name brand clothing, used or new. Although they have to see the clothing in order to make a decision, it’s a good idea to call them first (03-3796-6664) to see if they are currently buying. Don’t worry–they have several English speakers on staff.

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

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

Ragtag

Ragtag Harajuku Tokyo Japan Second-Hand FashionWhat Are They Selling? One of the biggest recycle shops in Harajuku. Features men’s and women’s clothing, Japanese street brands, high fashion, and even some less-expensive clothing lines.

What Are They Buying? Check out Ragtag’s extensive online buy and sell list.

Website  | Online Store (primarily Japanese)

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

Jumble Store Harajuku

Jumble Store Harajuku Tokyo Japan Second-Hand FashionWhat Are They Selling? Designer brand and Japanese brand clothes/ bags/ accessories for men, women, and children.

What Are They Buying? As above. Make sure to bring some form of ID.

Website (via Google Translate) | Online Store (primarily Japanese)

Hours of Operation: open daily 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

 

Kinji

Kinji Harajuku Tokyo Japan Second-Hand FashionWhat Are They Selling? Harajuku-style Japanese brands for men and women. Kinji has a wide selection of clothes, shoes, and accessories, and even sports clothing such as cycling gear.

What Are They Buying? They have a number of brands listed on their “Sell Me” page. You can sell your clothes for cash or credits (points) and then use that credit to buy other clothes at Kinji.

Website (via Google Translate) | Twitter (Japanese)

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

Laboratory/Berberjin R

Berberjin Harajuku Tokyo Japan Second-Hand FashionWhat Are They Selling? Second-hand and “new vintage” (60s to 90s) clothing from Japan and the US. Featured brands include Labrat, Blackmeans, and FUUDOBRAIN.

What Are They Buying? Any of the above categories.

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

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

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April 21, 2016 0 comment
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The fashion movement in Japan is towards variety, and Tokyo is its display window. The modern shopper is never at a loss for something new to satisfy their ever-changing fashion sense. If you want to be a suited fashionista one day, you will be able to find a store to satisfy your needs. And if you want to grunge like the 90s are coming back? Somewhere there’s a store selling flannel and ripped jeans to the ambient sounds of Seattle.

What is wonderful about the variety in the Tokyo market is that you can also find places where you can not only overhaul your wardrobe, but everything in your apartment right down to the couch that you sit on. And you can find these things all under a designer label at second hand prices! RAGTAG, located on back streets off of the fashionable area of Omotesando Hills, is one of the many high-quality second-hand boutiques and stores (known locally as “recycle shops.”)

From its outside appearance, you would never guess that RAGTAG is a recycle shop. Its prime location on Omotesando’s “Cat Street” makes it a hip spot for leisurely shopping. Spanning three floors, RAGTAG offers something for men, women, and interior designers alike.

If you are going to RAGTAG thinking that you’ll nab a great garment at a super affordable price–well, that’s not exactly the case here. Americans have been spoiled with their experience at second-hand stores by being able to find great pieces at low prices. RAGTAG offers second-hand fashions at more “reasonable” prices than one would pay retail. What they define as “reasonable” may still be shocking, but if you’re out to fashionista on a budget…

Another feature that makes RAGTAG different from other recycle shops is their wide selection of vintage designer shoes. Believe it or not, the shoes are either brand-new or have only been worn once or twice! Must be nice, right? Well, their flaunt can be your gain. Another opportunity of shopping at RAGTAG is the chance to pick up a vintage piece of retro furniture, popular with the hip and ironic Tokyoite. At RAGTAG, allows you can turn in your boring modern kitchen stools for something with a more Mad Men feel.

For an experience different from the department store or designer outlet store, RAGTAG is your best bet. RAGTAG is the perfect place to walk out with vintage Chanel or other Japanese label for much less than you would pay in the primary market.

RAGTAG Harajuku Location Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese) | Twitter (Japanese) | Instagram | Online Shop (via Google Translate)

Guide for Selling Items to RAGTAG

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

Hours of Operation: Open everyday 11am – 8pm. Closed for the New Year’s holiday.

“Why Go?”: Great fashions and household goods at low(er) prices!

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October 21, 2014 0 comment
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