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
Add a little spunk to your life at Tokyo's zakka housewares shops. Hanna
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
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.
Premium office space, luxury apartments and grand function
rooms abound in Roppongi Hills, but for those not buying into
it, the three landscaped tiers packed with over 200 restaurant
and retail outlets offer ample opportunity to purchase a little
piece of the gargantuan complex. And the high profile names
that have given their seal of approval to the project, including
Louis Vuitton, Issey Miyake, Mikimoto, Christian Lacroix,
Cole Haan, Bally, Kate Spade and MaxMara, make it all the
more easy. Heres a sampling of shopping opportunities
awaiting style-conscious spendthrifts at Roppongi Hills.
Make your way towards the monster complex from Roppongi subway
station, and Metro plaza is the first zone you encounter.
Modeled on a European train terminal, it has a bustling atmosphere
and is packed with coffee shops, health food stores, bars
and eateries including Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Top
shops here include:
Margaret Howell, Tsumori Chisato, and Rebecca Taylor are just
some of the big names at this designer brand shoe store.
White Trash Charms
Previously available only in boutiques, this glam rock-influenced
jewelry brand has shot to popularity in the States and looks
set to go down a storm here too.
The first Parcae Ruby boutique in Japan stocks wild and sexy
celeb-style fashions with a focus on stylish bottoms and accessories.
The largest of the commercial areas, West Walk incorporates
the four-story glass roofed Galleria, which features an enormous
waterfall cascading down from the side of the Tokyu Plaza
Hotel. Besides the impressive array of womens wear,
accessory and bag stores, this is the area to come for currency
exchange, post, travel, dental and healthcare services. Heres
the pick of the bunch in West Walk:
Venerable Italian couture house Lancetti is set for a high
fashion revival after appointing avant-garde Brazilian designer
Icarius as its creative director. Keep an eye on this store
for some cutting-edge creations.
|Milanese fashion brand
Byblos new store
After two critically acclaimed Milan catwalk showings under
the direction of a new three-man design team, this creative-yet-wearable
brand is back in the headlines and ready to win fans in Japan
with a slick new Roppongi Hills boutique.
The comprehensive selection of foreign books here makes Yurindo
a beacon to outsiders across the capital, and this new branch
will be a godsend for the Tokyo literati and anyone seeking
|Cool stuff for kids at
Ribbon Hakka Kids
Ribbon Hakka Kids
Moms who want to spoil their kids should be making a beeline
for this Claudio Carlucci-designed store stocking clothes,
toys and games for kids up to 10 years old.
Products of C.P. Company
Italian fashion for tough guys, this labels rugged work-
and military-inspired clothing puts practicality first without
ever compromising on style.
Connecting the subway station and residential complex, this
semi-open walkway has been given a distinctly Oriental theme
and features no less than 12 Asian-influenced restaurants
and cafés. Far East-inspired fashion labels Vivienne
Tam and Anna Sui line up alongside funky Japanese designer
brand Zucca here.
Occupying the four lowest floors of the cinema complex, this
zone acts as a connecting hub for the four main areas. Subterranean
shopping highlights include venerable luxury leather specialist
Cole Haan and its revamped Swiss rival Bally. Also keep an
eye out for London fashion celeb Lulu Guinness new bag
store and a café from trendsetting interior empire
Roppongi Keyaki-zaka Street
This gently sloping, tree-lined street is perhaps the most
un-Japanese of the four major zones. At over 11,000m2, it
offers plenty of scope for leisurely strolls and laid-back
coffee consumption in between bursts of self-indulgent luxury
shopping. Highlights include boutiques from Kate Spade, Christian
LaCroix and Emma Hope dotted in amongst the selection of around
20 luxury stores:
Dont groan. Since Marc Jacobs has been handling the
worlds most powerful bag brand, its become more
than just the monogram and Damier check.
Creative director Naoki Takizawa is still pushing the Issey
Miyake brand forward, and this seasons Wearable Book
collection is a great example of the firms collective
Wine Shop Enoteca
The most comprehensive selection of wines from around the
world is complemented by cheese, glassware and books in this
new store. A storage facility is also available for miserable
creatures without their own cellars.
|Pearly greats at Mikimoto
As part of the Japanese establishment, the worlds most
revered pearl accessory maker was almost obliged to take up
a space in Roppongi Hills.
Hollywood Beauty Plaza
A huge sign on the side of the Office Tower building announces
the presence of this high-end international beauty salon staffed
by bilingual hair stylists and beauty therapists trained in
Europe and the US. Ladies hair cutting, coloring, make-up,
nail art, facials, pedicures and a barber service for the
guys are provided in English/ German/Japanese.
Photo credit: courtesy of
Mikimoto, courtesy of HAK, courtesy of Itokin