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
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.
There are two kinds of women in this world: those who love
shoes and those who love bags. If, like us, your penchant
is for the latter, we'll let you in on our little secret-handier
than a clutch, more practical than a baguette, more aesthetically
pleasing than a backpack, the humble tote is a versatile carryall.
It's the accessory du jour for men in Japan as well,
and while there's a proliferation of "man-totes"
in Tokyo in a range of colors and prints, one word of advice
for the boys: keep it simple.
Head Porter and hp*annex
Since its inception five years ago, this cult domestic streetwear
brand has specialized in sleek, simple and multi-functional
cotton and nylon totes. Make sure to visit both stores-located
just across the street from each other, and bustling with
hordes of customers-as they carry a different selection
of stock. While jostling your way through the slick and sparse
interiors, you'll notice a selection of unisex totes
ranging in size from the very small to those large enough
to fit that ubiquitous Tokyo accessory, the miniature dog.
This season, totes take on muted tones of black, charcoal,
brown and beige. If you're looking to splash out on
something with a little more color, try pinstripes and traditional
tartans or, for the daring, a brushed metallic silver. Our
must-have? The python print numbers. In case you're
after a matching set, Head Porter also carries a wide assortment
of complementary wallets, key purses and even cigarette cases.
And while the staff may appear to have a too-cool-for-school
attitude, get them talking and you'll find that it's
all just a front.
Head Porter 3-21-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku.
Tel: 03-5771-2521; hp*annex 4-27-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-5772-8540. Both open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Harajuku.
This American company revolutionized the accessories industry
with their fold-in-a-pouch parachute nylon bags. While lightness
and functionality were LeSportsac's original selling
points, their elaborate array of hues and vivid patterns has
set them apart. This year's extensive fall/winter collection
boasts every shade and print imaginable. Apart from the standard
monochrome totes in pastel pinks, flashy golds and metallic
blacks, LeSportsac's offerings come embellished with
bows, alpine motifs and oversized polka dots as well gaudy,
but oddly appealing, parrots. And while lately every label
appears to be endorsed by celebrities-think Madonna
and Missy Elliot for Gap-look out for the Gwen Stefani
L.A.M.B. collection, a set of limited-edition designer bags
the chic rock star has helped create. Special features include
leather trims, woven guitar straps, colorful lining and signature
silver lamb charms. An added bonus: the exceptionally obliging
staff help you select from a multitude of optional extras,
ranging from coin purses to make-up cases.
6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3407-4343. Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae
or Harajuku. www.lesportsac.co.jp
If your style is traditional as opposed to trendy, and if
your taste is more upmarket, this US import brand has the
perfect tote for you. Kate Spade, the ber designer who
got her start as a fashion editor at Mademoiselle, is celebrating
her company's tenth anniversary with exquisite red
leather totes embossed with graphic geometrical prints and
trimmed with stitched black leather ribbon ties. Also of note
are the soft suede totes in stone beige and pristine white.
Men's totes come courtesy of the diffusion label, Jack
Spade. With more functional appeal than the women's
models, the men's line offers utilitarian nylon bags
with features such as interior mesh pockets, metal clip closures
and detachable straps. For those who have an unlimited budget,
take a peek at the label's supplementary stock, varying
from wallets to sunglasses. While four Kate Spade stores are
dotted around Tokyo, the very polished and chic Shibuya store,
tucked away from the busy streets, is a welcome respite from
1-4-8 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03
5458 0347. Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Shibuya.
Via Bus Stop Accessory
For high-end import totes with an edge, Via Bus Stop Accessory,
situated on the first floor of the department store Parco
1, is the ultimate stop. The shop carries crafty knitted wool
tote bags, quirkily fashioned to resemble cats, by the Italian
label Exquisite J. For a more casual tote, try the canvas
Claudio Orciani bag. It has a strong military vibe, with embossed
silver rivets and buckle detailing. If your look leans more
towards streetwear, French designer Karine Arabian offers
black and gray jersey totes with sparkly silver lame trimming.
Jeannete Lehr has also crafted beautiful bags in a khaki corduroy,
with leather straps embroidered with sequined flowers, and
embellished with delicate feathers. A preemptive warning for
all those die-hard fashionistas: the totes start at ¥47,000.
1F Parco 1, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku.
Tel: 03-3477-5956. Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stn: Shibuya.
Best known as a low-cost housewares haven, Loft also boasts
an ample selection of men's and women's totes.
Particularly enticing are the cheap and cheerful canvas and
cotton models on the ground floor. Priced at a mere ¥1,000,
they come in a wide variety of prints, from geometric swirls
in primary colors to subdued pastel florals to loud polka
dots. Take the escalator up to the fifth floor and you'll
find the streetwear label Manhattan Portage, renowned for
its durability and functional appeal. Above, on the sixth
floor, is a medley of totes, notable also for their practical
and utilitarian designs. Japanese brand Portage provides one
particular standout, a khaki nylon bag adorned with an abundance
of handy compartments.
21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3462-3807. Open Sun-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Sat 10am-9pm. Nearest
by Sascha Keane