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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
To a tee
Tokyos hottest T-shirt shops
boast designs by some of Japans top talents. Hanna Kite
In a country that has stores devoted to Tintin
and Honda shirt collections, its not hard to stumble
on a few funky graphic tees. These six Omotesando short-sleeve
specialty shops, in particular, offer some of the finest examples
of T-shirt art anywhere in Tokyo. Often collaborating with
or led by the top designers in Japan, they offer the best
selection in cutting-edge stylesand sometimes even at
budget-pleasing prices. The more Japan-inspired stores provide
easy gifts for hip relatives and friends back home, but theres
no reason to be selfless. With summer closing in, you can
be sure to find a shirt that suits you. Fuji Rock, after all,
is only a couple of months away.
BeamsT (pictured above) is immediately recognizable by the
rotating T-shirt contraption in its window. Always at the
forefront of fashion and design, BeamsT has a summer selection
that features garments in the very trendy colors of lime,
lavender and light pink. The clerks we spoke to say that since
the weather has warmed up and layers are coming off, more
of their younger customers are interested in designs that
cover the whole shirt and patterns with flowers and butterfly
accents. Shirts with a softer homemade or stenciled
look are also popular. Some T-shirts, such as Lightning (¥5,040)
by The Wonderful Design Works, have been paired with similarly
3-25-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3470-8601. Open 11am-8pm. Nearest stns: Harajuku, Meijijingumae.
The company that runs graniph is only a few years old, and
their Harajuku shop is even younger: just two months. The
owners decided that customers shouldnt have to pay an
arm and a leg for a quality shirt. So they came up with a
plan: one shirt costs ¥2,500 and two shirts just ¥4,000.
Casual is the theme here. The clerks want visitors to look
at as many shirts as they like, so they dont refold
every garment the instant someone has touched it. Graniph
has about 300 patternsanimals, women and cityscapes
are just the beginningthat appeal to pretty much anyone.
Some of the patterns are only possible because of cutting-edge
printing techniques. Graniph also has a shop in Shimokitazawa.
3-25-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-5785-2808. Open noon-8pm. Nearest stns: Harajuku, Meijijingumae.
Its a bit hard to believe, but Akizs buyers actually
visit the US mainland or Hawaii six or seven times a year
to fill their shelves. Probable Guinness world record for
small business in Aoyama aside, Akiz (pictured right) sells
domestic goods that are pretty impressive too. Our favorites
include their Japanese-style wares, like the T-shirt with
a geta sandals logo and the words The Man written
underneath, and T-shirts made in collaboration with Puma Japan.
While their trademark indigo dragonfly is popular among foreigners,
Akiz, says store manager Hagimori, aims to be a fusion between
old and new Japan. He recommends their rhino and elephant
side print (¥5,800) shirts.
6-2-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-5466-5567. Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stns: Harajuku,
Densuke is a Mecca for anyone who fancies Japanese style but
doesnt want a big red dot and a Nihon ichiban
on their chest. The shop specializes in taking traditional
Japanese motifs from the Edo period and other historical eras
and finding a place for them on a shirt. These tees would
look just as classy on your mother as on your brother, and
Densukes owners unveil new designs every couple of months,
so its always worth the trip. This summer theyve
introduced no-sleeve tops and a diamond-and-wave pattern T-shirt.
The owners also happen to be some of the kindest people youll
ever want to meet.
3-28-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3478-7351. Open daily noon-8pm. Nearest stn: Harajuku,
Shop 33 started in Kichijoji as a used-record store and
evolved into a music and clothing boutique that honors the
music and club scene. The Harajuku location features the designs
of TAR, CCP and the brilliantly named Visible Elephant 47,
as well as some handpicked CDs. Shop 33 has been painted in
red, white, hot pink and gray to echo the stripes of their
main contributors, The Designers Republic. While the
store is quite tiny, a small door by the toilet leads to an
annex. The shop itself is a bit hidden; when you start to
wonder if you are lost, youre almost there. Online orders
can also be made in English.
5-18-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5468-3133. Open Thu-Tue
noon-8pm, closed Wed. Nearest stns: Harajuku, Meijijingumae.
Ijiit Keiji Itakura
After working with the design company A/T for six years, Keiji
Itakura opened his Omotesando shop (pictured right) in February
because he wanted to develop his own stylein his words,
casual clothing with a mature look as well as an avant-garde
touch and cuteness. One of his T-shirts has what appears
to be a human skull made up of the silhouettes of tigers,
giraffes, and the like; on the reverse, the same animals are
all lined up in a row. Part of his Rabics line includes tees
that come with a Rabbit sticker. The idea is that the customer
can place the animal sticker where they like, making each
shirt a one-of-a-kind.
5-11-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel:
03-3499-7355. Open daily 11am-8pm. Nearest stns: Harajuku,
Photos by Hanna Kite