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 BUYLINE
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
Tokyo’s hottest T-shirt shops boast designs by some of Japan’s 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 O’Hara goes in search of the Japanese creative spirit.
519: Bra-vo
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 it’s a rooftop barbecue, a riverside picnic or an afternoon stroll, there will be times this summer when you’ll want to keep the sun off your face. †Martin Webb hunts down Tokyo’s 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 city’s cultural hub. This is the consumer capital of the world, and it’s 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 Valentine’s 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 spending
433: Window shopping
Stephen Cotterill indulges his yen and peers into the retail oasis that is Glassarea Aoyama
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
Shibuya sportswear
409: Go Figure
An army of action figures
405: Puff 'n' Stuff
Tokyo's best cigar shops
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Top hats

Heavenly headgear at Hatjazz

Whether it’s a rooftop barbecue, a riverside picnic or an afternoon stroll, there will be times this summer when you’ll want to keep the sun off your face. †Martin Webb hunts down Tokyo’s best headwear suppliers so you can stay shady in style.

 

Hatjazz
Smart, clean and cool, Hatjazz is a sophisticated new arrival on the Tokyo head-dressing scene—the Daikanyama branch opened in mid-March, the Harajuku outlet late last year. These quiet and relaxed stores stock Florentine hatmaker Tesi, La Sartan from Paris and homegrown headwear creator Yuko Shirakura, among others. One-of-a-kind numbers handmade in Japan are the specialty here, like the super lightweight cap from TABI (pictured, ¥8,900). Each handcrafted hat comes with an explanatory note handwritten by its designer. While you’re browsing, be sure to take a peek at New York brand Lola’s straw pastel-colored numbers (pictured, ¥16,000). The staff here are disarmingly friendly and helpful, and if you need some accessories to complement your headgear purchase, Hatjazz also carries bags, belts, bejeweled chopsticks and other outré accessories.

Open 11am-8pm. 8-9 Uguisudani-cho, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5459-2423. Nearest stn: Daikanyama, across from Air.

Open 11am-8pm. 1F Arai Bldg, 3-24-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5785-2054. Nearest stn: Harajuku.

 

Override 9999
From trendy trilbies to branded baseball caps, Override 9999 does it all with a pinch of wa. The Cat Street store is a hut-like building with noren curtains and ramshackle wooden shelving holding stacks of hats. The 2-month-old Meiji Dori store, one door down from CA4LA, has paper parasols and bamboo proclaiming its Japanese-ness to passersby. The summer selection includes lightweight panamas, turbans and flat caps—enough to cover you for any occasion. Override 9999 also carries Major League Baseball, Kangol, Playboy and Fred Perry caps for those looking for a logo, while in stark contrast there are baseball caps with the front panel left blank for customization. For trendy but not too outrageous headwear at fair prices, Override 9999 is a safe bet.

Open 11am-8pm. 5-17-25 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5766-0575. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae, Cat Street, opposite X-Girl. www.override9999.com

 

Yamada Boushiten
If you prefer traditional to trendy and are looking for a classic rather than cutting-edge piece of headgear, Yamada Boushiten is your best bet. This family-owned store is now in the hands of the third generation of Yamada hat sellers and the impressive array of celebrity signatures that cover the walls of the small store are testament to the clientele the clan has spent decades building up. Hunting caps, panamas, boaters and deerstalkers—every traditional hat imaginable is on display here. With expert advice about how to wear and how to care for your purchase, this is the place to come for the crowning glory of a fancy dress costume or for a timeless heirloom.

Open 10am-7pm. 1-1-10 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3400-5883. Nearest stn: Shibuya, on Meiji Dori, next to Ami Hall.

 

Lola

CA4LA
With stores spanning the nation from Sapporo to Fukuoka, CA4LA, pronounced “kashira,” is Japan’s biggest and brightest headwear specialist. CA4LA doesn’t just keep up with the trends, it sets them—this is the place where the soft peaked linen turban got its debut, and where some of the coolest milliners in Japan ply their trade. Alongside the cool caps and hip hats are a number of outrageous showpieces perfect for posing in front of the mirror and getting giggles from your shopping buddies. If you can’t face the crowds at the Meiji Dori flagship or La Foret outlet, there’s another concession in Daikanyama Address and a stand-alone in Ueno. Hot picks for summer include †the quilted silver cap from New York brand Lola (pictured, ¥15,000), and the CA4LA brand cowboy hat (pictured, ¥5,800). Check the chain’s funky website to browse the in-store selection before you head out.

Open 11am-8pm. 1F Harajuku Komiya Bldg, 6-29-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3406-8271. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae. www.wea vetoshi.co.jp

Photos by Martin Webb

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