SHOP INTERNET FAMED HARAJUKU GIRLS' STYLE
Every streetstyle photographers dream closet, Faline is one of Harajuku’s most iconic boutiques. With an eclectic array of original Japanese and overseas garments, expect to see some serious stylish dressing from the staff alone. You can even pick up some French graffiti art by artist Fafi along the way.
For carefully selected second-hand, Bubbles seamlessly blends the best of gaudy and retro fashions for real treasured finds. They also stock their own unique brand, with their signature piece being the internet famous, Bubbles garter shorts.
Think of the most kawaii thing you can think of, then triple it and add ten. The result? 6%Dokidoki. Among the streets of Harajuku, this shrine of pink, unicorns, ice creams and even horse carousels, is home to the most shockingly cute clothing and accessories, 6%Dokidoki is king.
For ultra-glam painted tights (is there any other kind?) AvantGarde is responsible for the majority of Tokyo’s fashionable youth’s legwear. The influential fashion boutique, owned by Kazuhio-san (who also boasts the title of Guinness Book of World Records for tallest mohawk, talk about cool), set out to celebrate artistic legwear, in the form of basic stockings and tights.
With new and cutting edge designs added each month, from Disney to their classic tattoo style stockings, who knew tights could be this covetable?
With over 20 years reigning over the Harajuku fashion scene, designer Yoshie Itabashi’s store Candy Striper has remained queen. Its brand concept of ‘no rules, no age’ aimed at woman from all walks of life, Candy Stripper offers a variety of fun fashion, regardless of age.
Besides their iconic red Harajuku flagship, they’ve seven stores located in Japan’s Parco shopping centres, reaching out to girls who love a playful, punk rock look.
If Lolita dressing is more your thing, walking down Takeshita Dori will take you to Bodyline. Perfect if you’re on a tight budget and need a cosplay-fix.
Don’t let the name sway you, Dog is more than just your typical basement boutique. A store Lady Gaga is said to visited incognito to, we can see why. Offering theatrical, outlandish reworked vintage clothing, you can also get your hands on Madonna/Gaga show customer replicas, if that’s something you’re into. Opened in 2000 by Kai Satake, the graffiti-covered store also offers more alternative indie designer remakes, for those who prefer their fashion to be a little more low key.
With a strong brand concept of providing stylish retro and yet girlish fashions, Liz Lisa ladies are picturesque in fairy tale Paris. Except less Breton, and more frills. Their concise, quality collections focus on good casual pieces with a heavy twist of romanticism.
Bright pink and three floored, it’s got to be Daiso. The 100 Yen, Takeshita-dori shopping landmark offers an array of stationary, snacks and souvenirs all totally affordable and super kawaii, whats not to like?
The ‘fortress of fashion’, or otherwise known as Omohara, Tokyu Plaza, it’s castle like structure, it houses some of fashion major retailers such as Tommy Hilfiger, and other go-to Japanese brands.
With its intergalactic-esque mirrored walled entry, it’s a must visit for its impressive architecture alone. Putting all Westfield’s around the world to shame, when shopping comes to a pause, take a trip to its sixth floor where an open top roof terrace, looking out over Harajuku, awaits.
Paving the way for authentic American looking, vintage that’s highly manufactured and comes in all colours and sizes, Wego has got you covered. Drawing inspiration from current youth fashions, this vintage inspired store offers clothing with that hand-me-down feel, minus the moth holes.
Located in the dark corners of Shibuya, Fake Tokyo’s Candy is the go-to for avant-garde fashion. Hailed as one of the most cutting-edge fashion boutiques in Japan, it hosts a handful of well selected domestic labels, such as eerily good English designer Gareth Pugh. Doubling as an ultra-edgy regular hot stop hangout for stylists and fashion students, exiting Candy leaves you with more than a bagful of apparel but an addictive experience.
While Candy occupies the ground floor, one floor above and you’ll find Sister, its girly counterpart and art event space, Gallery Fake. By sandwiching these brands together, it opens their doors to a variety of fashion loving consumer, giving them a creative experience from opposite ends of the fashion spectrum.
For the minimalist in you, Xanadu owner Tatsuro Motohasi hand selects the best in slick, modern local designers for his refined, monochromatic store.
Since 1994 and beyond, independent Japanese boutique Tokyo Bopper is the leading source for creative footwear, way before Tumblr and the like jumped on the bandwagon. Earning a solid reputation from their quality designs, Bopper’s status in the street wear scene has definitely stood the test of time. With innovation sewn into every design, from sneakers to platforms, to platform sneakers, Tokyo Bopper is the place to go for true ‘Made in Japan’ craftsmanship and instant fashion crowd status.
For a hearty flea market feel, Nadia Flores en el Corazon imports a coveted selection of vivid vintage from clothes, bags, covetable accessories and even cosmetics.
Flocked to by teens around Tokyo, LaForet can be located in the heart of Harajuku. Embellished with flower sculptures outside, the multi-level emporium houses small eccentric fashion boutiques, and can be found hosting a range of multimedia events and exhibitions.
Recently opened is Defiant favourite, M.Y.O.B NYC. Most recognisable for their transparent ear cuffs, their popularity is most known for musicians in America and Korea. Coinciding with their store launch, this spring and summer season saw the reveal of their most anticipated debut fashion collection.
In a mash of colour, pattern and eccentricity, WALL greets you at the entrance of LaForet. Providing more than just the best of selected (and limited) overseas fashions, their ‘information centre’ is provided to showcase the best of Asian culture. See for yourself and pick up some (just to name a few) Nozomi Ishiguro and Mikio Sakabe pieces while you’re there.
Monomania, the darker brand out of the three featured, provides you with a skilful use of bold silhouettes, exploring a mix of tailoring, knitwear and sportswear inspired cuts. Think the best of Vivienne Westwood and McQueen, but very wearable. If it’s edgier casualwear with a minimalist vibe you’re looking for, Monomania is your calling.laforet.ne.jp
A highly anticipated, biannual event, Design Festa has been setting the bar high for the Tokyo art scene since 1994. Crafting an aspirational lifestyle thanks to its judgement free space for all artists, you can catch booths from painting to avant-garde performances, making it in our book, one of the most exciting art festivals in the world.