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Dear all,

I will visit Tokyo for a week next month - my first visit to
Japan. Any sartorial recommendations?
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Originally Posted by steed
Dear all,

I will visit Tokyo for a week next month - my first visit to
Japan. Any sartorial recommendations?

Steed,

In Tokyo you can find nearly anything, but the prices can be rather steep. What are your sartorial interests? Shoes? Suits? Jeans?
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Ginza is possibly the very best place to shop in Tokyo, and there is no shortage of top name-brand clothes and jewelery there. There's not much in the way of uniquely Japanese sartorial choices, but there are some. Unfortunately, I cannot vouch for them. As Alter mentioned, prices tend to be steep. If you can shop in New York instead, you're better off saving your money.

Will you be here on business or pleasure, or a mix of the two? Where will you be staying in Tokyo?
post #4 of 9
I have not been to the Far East in years, but I always arranged my trips to come in through Hong Kong, spend 24 hours there getting my first fittings and than flew home the next weekend through HK and got my 2nd and 3rd fittings.

Yes it is a bit of an overflight but if the company is paying you might be able to find a flight that is only slightly more expensive.

I do recall Tokyo as being so expensive I even hated to spend my companies money there and would never spend my own.

Perry
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Tokyo is great for streetwear and fashion. All the traditional clothing you can find there can also be found in NY or probably LA for less money. They are not well known for custom tailoring at all. Most of the suits you will see will be appalling.

Let us know what kind of stuff you're interested in.
post #6 of 9
Tokyo is a very modern city. I take it you must be going there for business. If you are there to shop, you will pay high prices. When someone says "Ginza" to you, think Rodeo Drive type pricing. Culturally, if you would like to see the real Japan, I would suggest you spend a few days in Kyoto. Also, if you have time to spare, take a brief walking tour of Narita where the airport is located. There is nice walk up to the temple complex, and it is a very enchanted little town. Cheers, M8
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The compelling thing about Tokyo is that you can find anything there, from 1950s Telefunken radios to obscure vinyl to Bugatti autos from the '30s due to the fetishistic nature of the Japanese collecting habit. Here is a tailor/sartorial website in Tokyo that produces almost facsimiles of 1920s and '30s attire: http://www.the30sstyle.com/
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Originally Posted by steed
Dear all,

I will visit Tokyo for a week next month - my first visit to
Japan. Any sartorial recommendations?


I often tell people of modest means (all of my friends are of modest means) that Tokyo is a great city to window shop in. Buy in Tokyo is another story.

Recommendations:

Isetan Men's (Shinjuku). This place has it all. The selection in the shoe department is incredible. They sell Turnbull & Asser, Borrelli, Marinella, Patek, Swaine Adeney Brigg, Pantofola d'Oro, Pantharella, and so many fine things much beyond me.

Ginza. As Nantucket suggested, Ginza is *the* shopping district. I would browse Eikoku-ya for men's bespoke suits. I cannot comment on the quality, but some of the prices top out at US$9,000.

Harajuku and Ueno have loads of little shops with army surplus and great denim.

If you are interested in shoes, I recommend Otsuka Shoes in Shinbashi, and Guild of Crafts in Asakusa.

I second the recommendation to visit Kyoto. It is much more "old" Japan than Tokyo is.

If you do make it to Kyoto, I'd recommend having geta made for yourself and going to some of the Sunday temple flea markets to by used kimono.

Bic
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As Bic mentions, Eikokuya is the premier Japanese maker of bespoke suits. They'd at least be worth a visit. I found their website: http://www.eikokuya.co.jp/

And yes, Isetan in Shinjuku is truly amazing. They basically have an entire room devoted to Edward Green. Note that finding your shoe size in Japan can be difficult if you're larger than a US 9.5. I'm not sure what sizes Isetan carries.

Ginza has flagship stores for every major brand, so the window shopping is second to none. The main street is closed to traffic on weekends and chairs and benches are set up in the middle of the street for the legions of promenaders. The people-watching is outstanding too. Ginza is one of the few places in Tokyo that is laid out on a grid, so you can learn to navigate it easily.

I also second the recommendations of Kyoto, especially if you are interested in more than shopping. It's really the crown jewel of Japan. The flea markets Bic mentioned are held once a month, one at Toji temple just south of Kyoto station and one at Kitano Tenmangu (shrine) in the northern part of the city. I believe the Kitano shrine flea market is held on the 25th. You can pick up gorgeous old kimonos cheaply and there's a great variety of Japanese antiques, sometimes priced very reasonably.
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