In Store: Natural selection
Proving that nothing can stop the evolution of high fashion
in our fair city, seven new "select shops" are giving style
seekers an excuse to keep spending. Retail addict Martin Webb joins the
Probably the best
boutique in the world: 10 Corso Como Comme des Garcons
10 Corso Como Commes Des Garcons
Spiky, sexy Chimera
The numeral in the name of this mother of all select shops is pronounced
"diece," in deference to the collaboration between Italian boutique
10 Corso Como and the Japanese superbrand affectionately known as "Gyaruson."
Last month saw the scramble begin for the most desirable pieces from the
second season of Junya Watanabe's MAN line. Other items tastefully positioned
around the store's stark concrete interior include those from some of
the world's most sought after brands, including Marni, AF Vandervorst,
Vivienne Westwood and Balenciaga. Trendy but friendly English speaking
staff are on hand to provide styling advice should you require it, but
with fashion legend Carla Sozzani behind the selection process, you can
hardly go wrong here.
Open 11am 8pm daily. 5 3 Minami Aoyama, Minato
ku. Tel: 03 5774 7800. Nearest stn: Omotesando, exit A5, turn right at
the Prada building.
The impeccable selections at this tranquil, oshare shopping oasis are spread
over two sparkling floors and consist exclusively of striking clothes from
cutting edge designers. Only the more wearable pieces make it into WR Aoyama
(pronounced "double R"), but with names like Imitation of Christ,
Marjan Pejorsky, Alice Roi and Nozomi Ishiguro, a visit here is always a
lesson in fashion cum art. Director Harumi Fukuda keeps this secluded spot
fresh and funky with stylist collaborations, art events and inspirational
music. If it's style you're after, the painfully cool staff will be sure
to let you in on a few insider secrets and lead you to that hyped little
dress or must have pendant.
Open noon 8pm daily. 3 12 16 Kita Aoyama, Minato
ku. Tel: 03 5468 2466. Nearest stn: Omotesando, behind Kinokuniya.
Occupying the top floor of the ultra modern fashion complex that recently
opened next to Blue Note Tokyo, Norm Aoyama is a select shop for the discriminating
consumer. The retro modern interior, designed by Katayama Masamichi and
featuring curved wood paneled ceilings and luxurious rugs, is certainly
worth writing home about. Aimed at celebrities and the higher end of high
society, Norm Aoyama boasts the full collection of man of the moment Maurizio
Pecoraro and exclusives from Stefano Mortari and milliner Silvia Lucchi.
If you have to ask how much, you don't want to know.
Open 11am 8pm Mon Sat, 11am 7pm Sun. A 2, 6 4
6 Minami Aoyama, Minato ku. Tel: 03 5467 1055. Nearest stn: Omotesando.
The steps up to this divine boutique are neatly numbered in gold; when
you see the 16 you know you've made it into one of Tokyo's hottest new
boutiques. Miniature vases, lamps and handmade accessories are delicately
displayed along shelves and inside glass cases. But it's the list of designer
brands on offer that will be the biggest draw for fashionistas: Maurizio
Pecoraro, Hussein Chalayan, Viktor & Rolf, E2, Barbara Bui Initials,
Lucien Pellat Finet, and Castelbajac. Street style shoppers should look
out for items from punk remake brand S.A.M.O., while accessory maker Beamon
Erickson and leather craftsman Jas M.B. Preppies are also well provided
for by the store's own high gauge logo knitwear.
Open 11am 8pm daily. 2F UO Bldg, 5 3 25 Minami
Aoyama, Minato ku. Nearest stn: Omotesando exit A5, next to 10 Corso Como
Comme Des Garcons.
Glam and glitz from
noon to dusk at Defo
An acronym for Dangerously Elegant Fascinator's Organization,
Defo is designed for styling young things with heaps of confidence and
a sense of humor. Specializing in frilly and funny underwear-some with
sequins and embroidery, others with puppy dog prints-Defo has the intimate
air of a lingerie boutique. But there's a lot more to this bright and
bubbly store. Cheerful accessories and prissy bags along with camisole
tops and skimpy skirts by as yet undiscovered brands from as far afield
as London, New York, New Zealand and Israel are all reasonably priced
and lots of fun. At 8pm, Defo transforms from boutique to bar, inviting
you to sprawl over the Pucci sofa or prop yourself up at the pristine
white bar while mingling with the resident cool and camp crowd.
Shop open noon 8pm daily. Bar open 8pm late daily.
5 44 11 Jingumae, Shibuya ku. Tel: 03 5778 4718. Nearest stn: Omotesando,
exit A2, past Las Chicas.
As part of the drive to upgrade the shopping experience in Shibuya, last
month Parco opened the swanky Zero Gate building at the foot of Spain
Zakka. In keeping with the French disco venue La Fabrique downstairs,
Chimera Luxe's second floor shop bears a distinct dance culture edge.
Its glittery, circus themed window display, a collaboration between artist
Namaiki and stylist Tomoki Yuma, beckons shoppers into a mazelike interior
filled with hanging steel racks and poles and painted entirely in nightclub
black. The clothes here are perfect for after hours posing, and with names
like Levi's Red, Soph.Net, Plein Sud and Fake London on offer, you can
expect a little punkish label cred edge over your fellow prowlers.
Open 11am 9pm daily. 2F Zero Gate Bldg, 6 9 Udagawacho,
Shibuya ku. Tel: 03 5459 0049. Nearest stn: Shibuya.
Shibuya style for gyaru made good is what's on offer at this newly opened
store on the first floor of Mark City. Having caused a storm with a classy
stand alone store in Ginza, this Osaka based boutique offers the supremely
sexy silhouettes all the rage among tanned and toned amazones. It's big,
pink and crowded with teenage trendies. The store's own brand dominates
the selection, but small offerings from accessible designers like Paul
& Joe and Anna Molinari are also on display. For the urban warrior
boyfriend, there are thigh hugging Roberto Cavalli jeans and vintage remake
T shirts from Burro. If you're not prepared to bare it all, try mounting
the silver platform where rows of dance music CDs are available for buying
and in store listening.
Open 10am 9pm. 1F Shibuya Mark City, 1 12 3 Dogenzaka,
Shibuya ku. Tel: 03 5459 3171. Nearest stn: Shibuya.
Photos by Anatole Papfilippou
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Shibuya’s Zenmall (29-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; 03-3770-1641), known for offering large clothing for men, is holding a two-day Early Bird Pre-Summer Sale. The sale will take place on the mornings of April 12 (Sat) and 13 (Sun) for three hours (9am-noon) each day. During these times, nearly everything will be marked 20-80 percent off. Some of the bargains include suits with a spare pair of pants for \9,800 (sizes 3-8L), and summer casual jackets for \8,000 (3-6L). Imported designer suits by makers like Calvin Klein and Boss are also marked down to \39,000 and \59,000, respectively. Those who spend over \10,000 can take part in the Cash Grabbing Contest, where shoppers can dig into a box full of cash. Spend over \30,000 for two chances to grab, and \50,000 for three. Don't miss this rare opportunity, as it could be one of the few chances for those looking to buy large sizes in Japan, especially at affordable prices.
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IN STORE ARCHIVE:
535: Anything goes
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Kite visits five of the best.
531: To a tee
Tokyos hottest T-shirt shops boast designs by some of Japans
top talents. Hanna Kite dresses down.
527: Treasure chests
Hanna Kite checks out five Tokyo jewelers that offer the perfect setting
for your next shopping excursion.
523: Arts and crafts movement
Trina OHara goes in search of the Japanese creative spirit.
Move over, Hello Kitty. Sexy has finally replaced cute in Tokyo's lingerie
stores. Hanna Kite reports.
515: Bowled over
Trina O'Hara tracks down the latest tableware to suit any time of day.
511: East meets nest
Trina O'Hara finds that Tokyo's flea markets and shrine sales suit all types
of personalities and interests.
503: The write stuff
Hanna Kite takes notes at Tokyo's finest pen and paper boutiques.
499: Blasts from the past
Tokyo trendsetters have a knack for making old fashions new again. Jennifer
Au goes back in time at the city's coolest vintage clothing stores.
495: In the bag
From haute to mass-market, designer to dowdy, Tokyo has a tote to suit every
taste and budget. Jennifer Au tracks down the best.
491: Paper chase
Steve Trautlein goes on a search for Tokyo's best English booksellers.
487: Happy trails
A love affair with the great outdoors is easily consummated at these Tokyo
retailers. Steve Trautlein gears up.
483: Top hats
Whether its a rooftop barbecue, a riverside picnic or an afternoon
stroll, there will be times this summer when youll want to keep the sun
off your face. Martin Webb hunts down Tokyos best headwear suppliers
so you can stay shady in style.
479: Oriental express
This summer, all things Asian are hot stuff. Martin Webb finds out how to
get the look without breaking the bank.
474: Haute haven
Forget Roppongi Hills aspirations to be the citys cultural hub.
This is the consumer capital of the world, and its all about shopping.
Martin Webb reports.
468: New kit on the block
Backed by street-wise fashion chain store Beams, these seven new stores
are upping the style quotient in Daikanyama. Martin Webb sizes up this brand
new shopping experience.
463: Can buy me love
Stuck for ideas about how to make Valentines Day extra memorable this
year? Martin Webb shops around for some great gift ideas for lucky ladies.
452: Perfect timing
For the rushed residents of our fair metropolis, keeping an eye on time is one
of life's little necessities.
448: House of style
The newly open Marunouchi Building is drawing legions of eager shoppers from
all over Japan
445: Present perfect
Tired of wasting your yen on last-minute gifts at duty free?
441: Toy story
Martin Webb tackles every parent's annual ennui and finds playthings that could
earn you more peace and quiet than you bargained for
437: Natural selection
Seven new "select shops" are giving style seekers an excuse to keep
433: Window shopping
Stephen Cotterill indulges his yen and peers into the retail oasis that is Glassarea
429: Jet, set, go!
With the holiday high season just around the corner, trendy travelers are in
hot pursuit of packing accessories
425: Loud and clear
No home is complete without a sound system, and for audiophiles, time at home
revolves around those little black boxes
421: Red brick revival
Once at the heart of Yokohama's bustling port industry, Akarenga Soko has a
new lease of life as an exclusive entertainment and retail complex
417: Eye browse
An eyewear boom has seen new stores open and old favorites prosper
413: Sporting goodies
409: Go Figure
An army of action figures
405: Puff 'n' Stuff
Tokyo's best cigar shops
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