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Tokyo trip

aleeboy

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I just came back from a three day shopping expedition in Tokyo. I unfortunately don't have any pictures to share with you all but I have to say that Tokyo, as others have pointed out, is a shopping dream.

The food is of a very high standard, customer service is exceptional and the range of mens clothing is unparalleled in the universe that we know today.

I went to Tokyo with the goal of picking up a pair if shoes. I originally wanted to pick up a pair of EGs but was advised that these are prohibitively expensive... so I changed my goal and went with the intention of picking up a pair of Japanese loafers.

My first stop of the day was Isetan Shinjuku. I was simply taken aback by the vast range of shoe offerings on their basement level. It was simply divine.

Every shoe known to man can be found there. As I'm not a big timer, I made my way to the Japanese section where I saw a stunning pair of chestnut brown loafers from Union Imperial. These were only 30,000 yen. Goodyear welting, great leather finish and fantastic stitching colour. I was happy with it. I also picked up a lovely matching belt from their as well. I was concerned about finding an exact match... so to address this TWO sales assistants escorted me up to the belts section and compared the two shoes and belt colours. This was only one example of the excellent service that is the norm in japan

I also paid a visit to United Arrows. This store has excellent quality products anf is a must for those who like to look preppy. Mostly Japanese and a little on the expensive side. I picked up a pair of navy blue with grey pinstripe cotton pants to get ne through long humid days in Singapore.

I will plan to go back their again as I was only able to cover a small section of this great city. Upping my budget 1000% more too.

This is my first attempt to report ever. So apologies for my lack of details.
 

Tokyo Slim

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Glad you had a good time!

Impossible to see/do everything in Tokyo in one trip.
 

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Glad you enjoyed your trip! Tokyo certainly is a shopping Mecca, and if you're super slim like me Japan opens doors to many more clothing options. However, there are downsides as well. The largest that I've noticed is a general lack of attention to the quality of materials and fabrics chosen to make garments. A 100% polyester suit for 100,000円? No big deal, and many don't seem to understand why it bothers me. In short, there are terrific items to be found here, United Arrows is one good example of quality clothing made in Japan. Yet especially in regards to lower priced clothing (such as shops in OIOI department stores) cheap synthetic materials and an overload of current trends are something to be wary of.
 

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Good to hear you had a good trip.

Tempted to make a jaunt down again, but the Yen is really high at the moment :/
 

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Did you buy an ill-fitting black polyester suit? Because that's what just about everybody seems to be wearing.
 

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Originally Posted by Kamapuaa
Did you buy an ill-fitting black polyester suit? Because that's what just about everybody seems to be wearing.

Those are available sub-Â¥10,000 from any AEON mall, hardly a bastion of quality. People buy them because they're cheap. :/
 

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Managed to take a couple of snaps of my Union Imperial shoes.

These are Goodyear welted and the leather is very soft and supple.





Will be wearing them to the office tomorrow
 

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