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Well I'm trying to compile a list of places to go shopping/looking around in Tokyo while we are there. I gather from J that we are already going to Uniqlo and looking at denim for someone... but other than that, any reccomendations? I'm pretty set with the electronics type stores - so lets keep this thread on clothing. We are probably going to hit up the entirety of Harajuku, Ginza, Shibuya, and etc. but specific stores would be nice. Anyone have any input on Muji (Mujirushi Ryohin), the so-called nameless brand? (though ironically..."Muji" seems to be branded on many of their things) I hear that Yohji Yamamoto has designed their private label clothing line. Anyone have any pictures or examples of said merchandise? Any good tips on what to look for in the Japanese Muji stores? I plan on checking them out in a month or so when we take our trip to Tokyo. Some of the stuff on their website looks rather intriguing, though they show precious few items of clothing. An interesting article on Japanese street fashion... made me chuckle. I can see Japanese people spending $1k on a used hooded sweatshirt. http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?020318fa_FACT
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I can comment on Muji, its clothing line is nothing to write home about. Their price is on par with say Old Navy so you cannot expect too much, but still it is an alright place to stock up on basics. For many, its main attractions are those small household accessories and stationeries.
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I assume you guys are looking for Japan-only type items and not simply shopping for the sake of shopping - because if it's the latter, you're better off staying in the States. Don't buy Muji clothing. It's bad style and not all that great quality either. Their interior stuff is nice, OK quality, but overall boring. Uniqlo is pretty much only good for semi-durable basics, but supposedly the jeans are decent (?). If you're into architecture and high-brow browsing, visit Omotesando. The Prada flagship store is obviously a Herzog & de Meuron masterpiece but there are a lot of other interesting buildings and interiors (Comme des Garcons, et. al). If you like super trendy Japanese street wear, the BAPExclusive store is right next door to Miu Miu, as well as the BAPE café a couple blocks away. If you just want to look at a lot of expensive stuff that is priced at prohibitively high, go no farther than Men's Isetan (Shinjuku). Other than that the "˜cool' place to hang out these days is Shimokitazawa (Shibuya is sooo passé). It has a sort-of East Village feel with a lot of smaller stores, restaurants, livehouses, etc. I personally like to spend Sundays in Daikanyama because it's trendy-chic yet without the spend-spend pretense of places like Omotesando and Ginza. There are also a lot of decent interior shops and clothing stores. Supposedly one of the best Japanese tailors is in Daikanyama too (Batak). Hope this helps.
post #4 of 9
I believe they have Delvaux in Tokyo. If you want leather goods, that is. But don't you want to be black with an auburn wig?
post #5 of 9
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I can comment on Muji, its clothing line is nothing to write home about. Their price is on par with say Old Navy so you cannot expect too much, but still it is an alright place to stock up on basics. For many, its main attractions are those small household accessories and stationeries.
So, just to clarify ... is it that you have seen the Yamamoto designed "signature series" stuff and are not impressed, or have you not seen it and are otherwise not impressed with the rest of their clothing line?
post #6 of 9
I was wondering if you guys could find a phone number I could call to order Uniqlo and Denime and have them shipped to the US. I've found Japanese language webisites but no way to order online.
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I was wondering if you guys could find a phone number I could call to order Uniqlo and Denime and have them shipped to the US. I've found Japanese language webisites but no way to order online.
If you can wait a while, (May 10-25) I am planning on going to both and can pick up whatever, assuming logistics can be arranged. Maybe I will become the informal US distro for both marques, 5 pairs at a time. Just have to mark them up $250/pair to cover my costs.
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I'm in no hurry. I'd be deeply appreciative if you could bring back one of each. Or, alternately, if you could open up a channel for phone or internet sales to the US. Let me know.
post #9 of 9
I used to live in Kyoto, and would visit temple flea markets where you could buy old kimono.  Some female friends got obi to use as scarves or mini-skirts, kimono to wear as jackets, or scraps to work into patchwork items.  One woman used to make her father fabulous bowties out of old silk kimono. I haven't really looked around Tokyo too much, but it might be cool to find a temple flea market for these types of items. I'd recommend Ameyoko in the Ueno/Okachimachi area. There are some army surplus stores there where you can get all the fixins to be dressed up as an officer, and places that sell Hawaiian shirts and satin jackets with dragons & such on the back. I wouldn't recommend Muji for clothing, though I am not sure if I have seen any of the Yohji Yamamoto products.   Quite a few of the shoe fans like Guild of Crafts located in Asakusa. They usually have someone making a pair of shoes on the shop floor.  I visited, and it was interesting, but I didn't feel overwhelmed by the friendliness of the shop staff. http://www.footwear.co.jp/ I'd also recommend Tsukiji, the fish market....To keep this about clothing, after you have seen the 300 pound tunas,  check out some of the shops in the neighborhood for their amazing selection of rubber fisherman's boots in all the colors of the rainbow. Bic
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