Tokyo's Hidden Secrets 1

Jul 08 2009: Hidden in the back streets of Tokyo lie secret treasures that even Tokyoites themselves barely know. Funky galleries, shops and event spaces showcasing up-and-coming Japanese creators and their works. This week, TokyoMade, enthusiastic supporters of independent Japan-based design and creation, take you on a tour to discover them.

heather: hey not sure if you can help but i have a london based fashion label that i would love to be selling in japan ….. i just dont know where to start with finding a good agent over there? can you help in anyway with this question?
rumlada: please do more of these (updated) :D!
Kjeld Duits: @ANJJ: It has remained a place of creativity. ;-)

Pink and Pretty

Jun 07 2009: Angelic Pretty, one of Japan’s top brands for Lolita fashion

Kjeld Duits: @Ellie: Glad we were one of the first to mention it! ^^
Ellie: I love seeing them talk about how they were wishing to open a store in the us… and now its a reality!!! ^^
Squishy: I saw Angelic Pretty in Kyoto but my exchange group was leaving before the store could open, I live for lolita and to this day I still feel like crying at the memory. When I honeymoon in Japan I am going to Tokyooo! I wish to meet Maki & Asuka one day!


Modern Kimono at Tokyo 135˚

Dec 02 2008: The Tokyo 135˚ shop is hidden away on the second floor in a small building on a back street of Harajuku. If you don’t know it is there, you’ll most probably never find it. You’d miss out on Harajuku’s best modern kimono shop.

Kjeld Duits: Thanks, Mirjam. The best of the old with the best of the new. I like that a lot. Expect more cool finds like this over the next few months.
kmirjam: traditional & new. ecletick, but good. i like it!
Kjeld Duits: This is one of my favorite stores in Harajuku! Do go and check it out.



Sep 18 2008: Walking into the tiny Wagado shop in Osaka’s Amerika Mura is like entering a cave made out of clothes. It is dark and there are clothes all over. On the walls, hanging from racks, and even hanging from the ceiling.

MoonBerry: Hm…it seems like a fashion that depends strictly on how you think things should fit. I like it, though. It seems unique and real.

The coolest store no one knows of

Jul 20 2008: Ever heard of Bedrock? No? Well, its only one of the coolest stores in Tokyo. There’s a rumor that it lies down a spiral staircase that can only be accessed through the back of a café at the lower end of Omotesando Hills…

k-mu: do you suppose they are still open? I know how boutiques like to die out as quickly as they are brought in…
deizaru: yes, one of the coolest stores in the world, i’d say. i’m glad people are finally finding it.
Max Hodges: thanks for telling me about this store Misha!

Soe in Nakameguro

Apr 14 2008: Soe (so-ee) can be spelt with the characters for “create” and “inclination”. So then it goes without saying that this menswear brand is a favorite among fashionably apt men around the cool area of Nakameguro and beyond

Nandita: brilliant!!
Rafael Cruz: very nice! XD

Barbie Gone Harajuku

Apr 12 2008: Barbie. Now, before your eyes roll back in your head, see what fuss the plastic prodigy is kicking up in the back streets of Harajuku with her new best friend, the queen of quirk, Patricia Field

mia: i love dat hat!!!a barbie 4 sure
aleia: hay yall

Great Tokyo shops for used clothing

Aug 30 2005: A list of great shops for used clothing in Tokyo

Kjeld Duits: @Avery Brooks: None of the above shops, nor any that I personally know, carry clothes from the 1940s/50s. Used clothes in these shops are at the very oldest from the 1970s, but usually far more recent.
Avery Brooks: What prices should one expect for 40’s/50’s mens pants, suits, hats, ties shoes in Tokyo vintage (used) clothing shops? I collect and may be there in several months on other business.
Kjeld Duits: @AZ: Sorry that I wasn’t much help. Enjoy your visits to Koenji, Nakano Broadway, Musashino and Kichijoj!

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