Concluding our double feature on Grimoire Almadel in Shibuya, today’s focus is on the stunning decor and attention to detail that makes the Grimoire experience… well, an experience rather than just another shopping expedition.

One of the main reasons we started this Tokyo Vintage project was not only to document the amazing shops that we love, but also to revel in the immersion in vintage that only Japanese vintage boutiques do so well. That’s the hook here: it’s not just fashion and trends, it’s a whole lifestyle and everything that comes with it. It’s swapping clothes and ideas with friends, eating and drinking in tiny cafes and strange bars, it’s finding something new, sharing it and loving it. That’s pretty close to our philosophy here at Tokyo Telephone now that I think of it…

Back to Grimoire Almadel now, and a good look into this wonderful dolly-kei wonderland. With regard to what you can expect when you step into Grimoire Almadel, the most basic thing to say is that it’s Grimoire, but about four times as huge! Of course this leads to a slightly different, and perhaps less claustrophobic, atmosphere than the original Grimoire, but essentially there’s more to love, as well as original brands such as DECO, Vicious Sabrina, Rathiel du Dolly, Rienette et Mirabelle and and the latest addition; Verum. Running amok in Almadel are a whole host of taxidermy creatures (both hilarious and slightly terrifying), as well as more stunning displays than you can possibly take in in one look.

Much like it’s smaller counterpart, in Grimoire Almadel everywhere you look you’ll spot something new. I’ve gone over these photos about half a dozen times and I’m still finding new details hidden in the back of pictures. Admittedly it can be a little overwhelming, but it’s the perfect antidote to bland and minimalist international fast fashion shops where the focus is on shifting stock rather than appreciating the intricacies and sheer volume of stuff that compliments the Grimoire dolly-kei look. Globes, statues, doll parts, butterflies, dried flowers, bird cages, candles and bones…

Spinning wheels and lace lampshades…

Bugs, brains and an hourglass…

Love this guy.

The lovely Rienette at Mirabelle display case.

Vicious Sabrina:

I’ve got my beady eye on the bat ring in the bottom right corner – I’ll let you know if it comes home with me.

And finally: the artfully disguised cash register.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed our look at Grimoire Almadel as much as we have – I can’t wait to get back to Shibuya asap! If you’d like to use any of these photos, please kindly leave us a comment or send us an e-mail (hello @

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3 Responses to Tokyo Vintage: Grimoire Almadel – Dolly-Kei Decor Compilation

  1. brad-t says:

    If I didn’t know better I would say this was an art exhibition, not a clothing store. Intensely beautiful and well curated.

  2. Rebecca says:

    @ Brad – I had a hard time selecting photos, hence the double post 🙂

  3. WOW! I’m blown away by these Images and how well Curated everything is! Now I FINALLY have a Terminology of what ‘my style’ of Decorating is Called! This is fabulous! I could look at these Images all day and discover something new each time!

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