I think I’ve mentioned before my love of the select shop Candy in Shibuya? If you read my last post here, you’ll no doubt know that I get a little bit jittery, wide-eyed and dry-mouthed when going in to Candy… and even just typing about them! I’m aware that this level of fan-girling around a single shop is incredibly uncool – but dammit, Candy is so utterly cool that hopefully some coolness might one day rub off on me too. Here’s hoping….

One of my favourite Japanese brands stocked in Candy is Christian Dada: probably the best example of luxury punk in Tokyo right now. I say luxury punk as at between 20,000 – 40,000 yen for a t-shirt, this is a cut well above what your average street punk-lover can afford! Be that as it may, Christian Dada is a fantastic example of an alternative subculture influencing the high-end of fashion, and let’s face it: there’s some awesome shoes here too.

I am practically hyperventilating over this jacket. The stud work, the distressed blue arm, the red piping… I think I need a paper bag and a lie down.

The aforementioned t-shirts – I spy some diy inspiration!

Taking military and armour themes to the logical conclusion: chainmail from the Battle Avatar collection.

I love these shoes so much. So, so much… The cracked black paint on the spikes is perfect.

Verbal & Yoon both wearing Christian Dada jackets from the Jan 2011 issue of Eyescream magazine

Dada ooh la la, ro ma ro ma ma… See more from Christian Dada at Candy


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10 Responses to Christian Dada & Luxury Punk

  1. Sigh~ I really am not into this style anymore, but my inner youth punk rocker is secretly lusting over this stuff, the look, the entire package. Sigh. Eye candy. Shhh, don’t tell! :3

  2. Tokyo Telephone says:

    I know what you mean! I’ve been regressing back to my teen goth days – I think the trick to getting away with it ten years later is definitely to go down the luxury route, a la Christian Dada!

    I love how brands like TutuHa manage to incorporate quite punk/rock styles into the gyaru image… I’d love to see more girls taking on this look!


  3. brad-t says:

    I feel like this stuff is so played out at this point. Everyone started sticking spikes and studs to everything over the past few years and I’m at the point where I never want to see them again. It just strikes me as contrived.

  4. Tokyo Telephone says:

    I just can’t get enough studs at the moment, haha! 😉

    By the way, thank you so much for posting my Brighton Fashion Week article to harajuju & for the lovely comment you left too – very much appreciated! I owe you a drink or something one day 🙂


  5. brad-t says:

    You’re welcome, it was a really fantastic article. Hopefully I’ll make it back to England sometime — or you two will make it to Montreal, haha.

  6. Lisa says:

    Although I’ll (probably…) never wear that many studs ever again, I relly like that first leather jacket – so colourful!! o.O
    Sucker for colour here these days… that, and those spiked shoes. Would do wonders on the subway back home… ^^

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  9. london kidzzzzzzz says:

    it all started with givenchy menswear a few years ago – this is late!! and a bad copy.. thats the thing with japanese sub fashion in way – just trying soo hard to be europe but getting wrong…

    i would be more interested in seeing japanese designers looking into there own history.

  10. Tokyo Telephone says:

    Well, I would say that this guy did live and work in London when he started honing in on this neo-Camden aesthetic.

    But I do agree that I would like to see more designers going into their own history – especially of their own street fashion from the 60s. We will have to wait and see…

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